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Study in Edinburgh

Nestled between hills, enchanting Edinburgh inspired the first Harry Potter book. While small, wandering its old and new quarters never gets old.

The Fringe

Every summer the Fringe takes over, with comedians and performers flocking to perform in venues across the city.

City life – University of Edinburgh graduate

'Small enough to know, big enough to explore (by foot too!). It's split into an "old" and "new" town so has two very different characters.'

Edinburgh Castle

Be warned, legend dictates that you'll fail your exams if you enter before you actually graduate.

Nightlife – first year student at University of Edinburgh, 2016

'Local pubs like The Pear Tree, Usher's, The Blind Poet, The Brass Monkey, and The Dog House are all great (especially TDH for cheap cocktails and cool vibes!).'


Recreate this classic Brit flick's iconic opening chase (minus the theft part) along Princes Street.

Student life in Edinburgh

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
Climb up to Arthur's Seat for the stunning view
Friday feeling
If there's sport on, Malones Bar has a pumping atmosphere
Sunday chilling
Stockbridge market for fresh fish, artisan breads and handmade crafts
When family visit
Afternoon tea at The Balmoral's Palm Court
Feeling cultural
The Scottish National Gallery boasts works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh
Treat yourself
Drink like a true Scot with a tour of the Holyrood Brewery

The Royal Mile

Walk alongside culture and history here in one of the best-known and most frequently visited streets in Edinburgh.

Nightlife – second year student at University of Edinburgh, 2016

'There's a special place in every students hearts where Hive sits. It's very cheap and the music is great... You can find all sorts of people there.'

The Meadows

In the summer, this sunny spot is the scene of festivals and sports events – plus, it's a great place to relax.

Second year student at University of Edinburgh, 2018

'I live in the Newington/Mayfield area. A few friends live in the same area, but it’s quite far away from the main hub of the city. It’s also a 15-minute walk to the nearest shop, which is inconvenient when you just want to pop out and grab something.'

Holyrood Palace

Explore the Queen's Scottish residence and immerse yourself in its remarkable history.

Second year student at University of Edinburgh, 2018

'I live in Newington, a neighbourhood popular with other students and lots of locals and families too. It's less than a half-hour walk to the city centre – only thing is there's no free parking.'

Walter Scott Monument

A tribute to one of Scotland's greatest writers, this monument provides spectacular views of the city.

Living in Edinburgh

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £72 - £172
  • Pricey
Housing value for money*
  • Good deal
Local transport*
  • £16.00
  • Ridacard 1-week Advance Purchase
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Newington
  • Morningside
  • Marchmont
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Hungover? Wallow in a full Scottish breakfast at Snax Cafe, for just a few quid.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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