Founded in 1582, The University of Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the UK as well as the English-speaking world. Known as one of Scotland's ancient universities, currently it is home to more than 43,000 students from around the world. Over the past few years, the university has been consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world and according to 2020 QS World University Rankings, it is ranked 20th.
The University of Edinburgh is home to 43,000 students, both domestic and international, spread across five campuses around the city. Most of these campuses house some of the world’s most important collections ranging from art, natural history to musical instruments, geology, and rare books and manuscripts. The campus consists of more than 320 student societies, some of which cover sports, social and community support, politics, as well as the arts.
The University of Edinburgh is spread across three colleges that host 21 schools. Of these their vet school in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, Sociology in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and informatics in the College of Science and Engineering were ranked fourth in the UK by research power according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions).
Finding student housing
Moving to a new city, especially for the first time can be a daunting affair. Whether you're looking for accommodation somewhere close to campus, or you prefer bills included so that your budget works – anything you need, University Living will help you. From en-suite rooms to shared spaces, and studios for a more independent living, there are a bunch of off-campus accommodations to choose from.
Student living in Edinburgh
The capital city of Scotland is surprisingly compact and packs a mean punch. The city boasts diverse culture and amazing landscapes along with a vibrant and bustling nightlife. There are various eclectic bars, restaurants, pubs and shops where students can hang out after class. In the heart of the city, you’ll find the famous Edinburgh Castle. When you want to relax, take a walk up the Royal Mile which is Edinburgh's famous street, and stop for a pint in one of the traditional Scottish pubs located on the way.
There are two major train stations in the city of Edinburgh, there’s Haymarket which is closer to Murrayfield Stadium and Waverley which is closer to the University of Edinburgh campus. Most students prefer walking or cycling since everywhere they would want to go is within easy accessible distance. Students can take Lothian Buses that run throughout the city and into Midlothian and East Lothian, as this is an easier and cheaper option for them. When the weather is pleasant, grab a bicycle and go for a ride around the cobbled streets in the city.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of accommodation?
University Living offers private accommodation close to universities with fewer restrictions and more options. Take your pick from shared and private rooms, studios, and apartments. We also offer short-term stays for students in summer school and exchange programs.
What are the different types of rooms?
The major room types are:
Sharing: This is where 2 or more students share a single room, washroom, kitchen, and other communal spaces.
Ensuite/Private: This includes a private bedroom and bathroom, while the kitchen and living areas are shared.
Studios: This is a self-contained unit with a bedroom and cooking space along with a private washroom. Two students may book a single studio together, subject to the policies of the accommodation provider.
How do I know my accommodation is safe?
All properties listed by University Living are personally verified by the team or their representatives. Each accommodation has foolproof safety measures in place, including CCTV, secure door entries, restricted access, and more.
Does my accommodation offer meals?
Most accommodations are self-catered, but you can always ask the reception to connect you with local food delivery vendors!
Will I get cleaning and laundry services?
Most properties have on-site, coin-operated washing machines that make laundry a breeze. Students are expected to keep their rooms clean while common areas are looked after by maintenance staff at regular intervals. If you’re unwilling to get your hands dirty, contact the reception for professional cleaning services at an extra fee.
Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes, all our accommodation have strong internet connectivity.
Does my accommodation offer parking facilities?
Most properties have bike storage available. Please contact your Servicing Manager to request car parking facility.
What items should I bring while moving in?
Students are expected to bring their own bedding, kitchen utensils, cutlery, and bathroom essentials. If that’s too much, our good friends at UniKitOut will deliver all these and more to your UK accommodation even before you move in!
What if I don’t like my accommodation after moving in?
We try our best to find accommodation that meets all your needs. If you still don’t like your accommodation due to unforeseen circumstances, we will try to replace your room within 30 days for a one-time fee of £250.
Where do I report any issues with my accommodation?
Please contact the on-site maintenance office or reception to report any issues.
Do I have to vacate my room during holidays?
Never. Your room belongs to you for the entirety of your tenancy period!