Edinburgh is the second most populated city in Scotland. and seventh in the UK.
It is the liveliest city with a rich cultural history, thriving student community, and top-class institutions.
Home to the “University of Edinburgh”- the world’s leading university.
How much do you need to live comfortably in Edinburgh?
On average, the cost of living for a single person will cost £750 / month, excluding rent and fees.
The rent is a lot cheaper than in London.
How safe is Edinburgh for students?
It is safe to live and study for students.
Please bear in mind that the cost of living will vary for everyone.
Before we list the details of the cost of living in Edinburgh, let’s summarize its cost.
|Average Tuition Fees||£15,000 – £40,000 / Year|
|Accommodation||£100 – £250 / Week|
|Local Transport||£60 / Month|
Costs of Tuition Fees
Your fee will depend on the course type and the university you choose to study in Edinburgh.
|Undergraduate Tuition Fee||Post-Graduate Tuition Fee|
|£22,650 to £34,650 / Year||£15,500 to £40,000 / Year|
Student Accommodation Costs
Student accommodation is a type of accommodation that comes with furnished rooms. It is off-campus and located near universities. There are three types of student accommodation in Edinburgh, listed below:
1. Student Housing
It is an affordable housing built for students to secure and comfortable stay. It is outside the campus but close to them. The rooms are spacious, furnished with modern infrastructure and amenities. The rent is inclusive of utility bills.
Most of the accommodations are at a distance of 1-4 miles. While the ones outside of the city center are 5 miles or more away.
|Ensuite/ Studio||£150 – £375 / Week|
2. Private Apartment
Students have the choice to rent an apartment, too. They can opt to stay alone or share it with friends. It is the most popular accommodation among students in Edinburgh.
|Private||£500 – £9000 / Month|
3. University Halls
Many first- and second-year students prefer to take halls at the university. University Halls is an on-campus house that provides different rooms according to budget and availability. Regarding utility bills, one might have to check the university policies.
|Ensuite/ Studio||£100 – £200 / Week|
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The food prices in Edinburgh are affordable if you are smart to find food at the right places. Eating at home and outside makes a lot of difference, you can cut costs by eating at home. But if you want to eat outside, a meal will set you back at £15, a drink for and beer for £4-5.
Student housing and private apartments will cover all your utility bills, such as WiFi, heating, gas, etc.
The easiest and most convenient way to get around Edinburgh is by bus. It runs 24 hours a day through the city. Ridacard allows you to travel the city 24/7 on trams and Lothian buses. A monthly student card will cost you £45.
Amazing things to do in Edinburgh as a student
As they say, the best things in life come for free.
If you are going to come to Edinburgh, take the opportunity to explore this city. Edinburgh is the most visited city in the UK, so students are lucky to live in this heavenly land.
Take a break on the weekends, and go to beaches, museums, parks, clubs, etc for a relaxed peace of mind. Here are a few places you can visit in Edinburgh and have fun:
- National Museum of Scotland
- Edinburgh Botanical Gardens
- Royal Mile
- Cramond Island
- Dunbars Close
- Portobello Beach
- Arthur’s Seat
- Calton Hill
- St Giles Cathedral
- Magdalen Chapel