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A Student’s Guide to Edinburgh

Arran House is ideally located within walking distance of everything you could possibly need and want in Edinburgh. Perfect for students from all language schools and universities, these flats offer an opportunity to combine studying with incredible experiences that the Scottish capital has to offer.

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Edinburgh University

University of Edinburgh

30 Minute Walk from University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh's main university is located not too far away. Be sure to walk along The Meadows for a nice view on your way to lectures.

Napier University - Edinburgh

Edinburgh Napier University

20 Minute Walk from Napier University

The closest university to Arran House, Edinburgh Napier's Merchiston Campus is less than a mile away and is ideal for cycling or walking to lectures.

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Edinburgh Castle

25 Minute Walk from Edinburgh Castle

Standing over Edinburgh is it's famous castle which was constructed over 800 years ago on a now extinct volcano.

Arthurs Seat - Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat

1 Hours Walk from Arthur's Seat

With spectacular views over Edinburgh and the surrounding area this location within Holyrood Park is not to be missed.

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St James Shopping

35 Minute Walk from St James Shopping

A large indoor shopping centre in the heart of Edinburgh and close to the famous Princes Street.

The Three Sisters, Cowgate, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Three Sisters

25 Minute Walk from The Three Sisters

Watching live sport just got more social at this pub with its large TV screens and outdoor seating are for those sunny days.

Cabaret Voltaire - Edinbugh

Cabaret Voltaire

27 Minute Walk from Cabaret Voltaire

Edinburgh's true underground location being set actually underground in caves and basements here at Cabaret Voltaire.

Heriot-Watt University - Edinburgh

Heriot-Watt University

37 Minutes Via Public Transport from Heriot-Watt

We recommend catching a bus to this university as it's set outside of the city. The number 34 bus is the best option to get here.

Queen Margaret Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University

45 Minutes Via Public Transport from Queen Margaret

Set on the outskirts of Edinburgh this university is best reached via public transport or a car if you have one. Being away from the city means it has great views of countryside as well.

Dynamic Earth Edinburgh

Dynamic Earth

35 Minute Walk from Dynamic Earth

See the history of Earth at this amazing centre from its beginnings to how humans have shaped it today.

War Museum Edinburgh

National War Museum

30 minute Walk from National War Museum

Learn about Scotland's military history in the grounds of the historic castle. With artefacts from over 200 years ago be sure to visit here.

Fountain Park

Fountain Park

4 Minute Walk from Fountain Park

A large entertainment centre with a cinema, restaurants and a bowling alley. A fantastic location to spend a day off relaxing.

Silk - Edinburgh

Silk

16 Minute Walk from Silk

A multi-story club set in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle with bars and music on every floor, Silk is a stylish night out waiting to happen!

The Liquid Rooms - Edinburgh

The Liquid Rooms

22 Minute Walk from The Liquid Rooms

Live music fans make sure you go here! They've hosting bands like Snow Patrol and The Black Eyed Peas so there's something for everyone.

Bene's Fish & Chips Edinburgh

Bene's Fish & Chips

34 Minute Walk from Bene's Fish & Chips

Close to the main University of Edinburgh campus means that you can grab a classic snack between lectures! They even do delivery!

Dominos Pizza Edinburgh

Dominos

10 Minute Walk from Dominos

A pizza chain famous for deliveries, and there is one not too far from you! They've got deals on almost everyday so be sure to check!

The Meadows Edinburgh

The Meadows

6 Minute Walk from The Meadows

A great place to relax and unwind in open space in the heart of Edinburgh. The Meadows even plays host to a festival every summer.

Edinburgh Royal Infirmiry Edinburgh

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

41 Minutes Via Public Transport from Royal Infirmary

A large hospital on the outskirts of the city. This is the best place to come to if you're seriously injured or need complex medical attention.

Blackwells Bookshop Edinburgh

Blackwells Bookshop

20 Minute Walk from Blackwells Bookshop

Offering all kinds of books as well as student discounts, this is a place to remember when buying textbooks!

Starbucks Edinburgh

Starbucks

12 Minute Walk from Starbucks

Take a short detour on your way to University and get a caffeine fix from this international coffee chain. It helps for those pesky 9am lectures!

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Holyrood Park

41 Minute Walk from Holyrood Park

A large park in the heart of Edinburgh offering unrivalled views across the city. Grab a selfie from Arthur's Seat and make all your friends jealous!

FASIC Edinburgh

FASIC

31 Minute Walk from FASIC

If you play any sports and get injured then this is the place to go to! Run by the Edinburgh University so you may see some team-mates in as well!

Gilmore Medical Practice Edinburgh

Gilmore Medical Practice

10 Minute Walk from Gilmore Medical Practice

Registering with a local doctor should be a top priority in your first weeks and Gilmore Medical Practice is only just around the corner!

The Best Student Watering Holes in Edinburgh

 

Home to four universities, Edinburgh has many student-friendly bars, pubs and clubs that cater to all tastes and budgets. If you enjoy the cosy atmosphere of a traditional pub, The Greenmantle could be just what you’re looking for. With regular quiz nights, live music, poker, pub food and vodka-mixers for just £2, this student pub is a great place to have a few drinks after lectures or at the start of a night out.

For something a bit more glam, Bon Vivant is a vibrant cocktail bar with a fun atmosphere and a huge range of cocktails on offer. But if your pennies are a little sparse, the charming eighties-themed City Cafe is the appropriately priced bar-cum-diner that will save your thirsty bacon.

If you’re looking for a fun night out, try Cav Nightclub. With a huge light-up dancefloor, drinks from as little as £1.50 and cheesy classics being played into the early hours, what more could you want from a night out? If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, The Bongo Club could be exactly what you need. Dedicated to playing the latest in RnB as well as remixed hip-hop classics, this club has a chilled bohemian vibe, not to mention discounted prices for students.

Find the Best Places to Study

 

If you’re looking for the perfect place to study, the Scottish Poetry Library is a great spot to revise and is also a stunning example of modern architecture. Previously shortlisted for Channel 4’s Building of the Year award, this library is full of fascinating CDs, cassettes and books.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre features an impressive theatre, a library and a cosy cafe. What’s more, it’s attached to John Knox’s House and the headquarters of the Scottish Book Trust. So if you’re hoping to get your fill of culture, to find the right book, or to get stuck into some serious studying, this is the place for you.

The Spoon Cafe Bistro is best known for being JK Rowling’s favourite spot for writing Harry Potter! Popular amongst tourists for its literary connections – and much-loved amongst locals for being a quiet place to eat, drink and write – the Spoon Cafe Bistro is also an ideal place to revise.

Freemans’ Coffee Shop has a warm and homely atmosphere that is perfect for reading and studying. With large desks, free WiFi and tasty coffee, it is very popular amongst students.

See the Best of Edinburgh Culture

 

Take one road and in ten minutes you’ll find yourself in the New Town district of the city; take another and you’ll find yourself in the Old Town. As you’d expect, each offers a very different experience: if you like your chic bars, restaurants and retail outlets, head to New Town; if you’re a fan of a quiet pint, niche galleries and Edinburgh’s cobbled streets, check out Old Town.

Admission is free to the permanent collections of Edinburgh’s main galleries, including the National Museum of Scotland. Located on Chambers Street, this huge museum celebrates its latest collections several times a year with a themed night of live music, a fashion show, stalls, bars and a silent disco.

And if all this wasn’t enough, just wait until you get caught up in the hullabaloo of the annual Edinburgh Festival, when the city celebrates its status as a global hotbed of culture.

Head for the Scottish Highlands

 

Student life in Edinburgh can get a little hectic, and there will be times when you want to escape into the peaceful countryside. If you want to get away from it all, try spending a day at North Berwick beach – a quaint seaside town only half an hour from Edinburgh. There is plenty to do here with a beautiful beach, a putting green and tasty fish and chip shops!

It’d be practically illegal to not visit at least one Loch while you’re in Scotland, and in Edinburgh you’re only a short distance from Loch Lomond. It’s simple enough to get there by taking one of the frequent buses to the area, and there’s so much to explore once you’re there. Pop your explorer’s hat on, download the free trail maps and camp out under the clear night sky at Beinglas Farm Campsite for only £6 a night.

Student Accommodation in Edinburgh

 

No doubt our city guide has got you excited about Edinburgh and we don’t blame you – it’s one of the most exciting cities in the UK! If you’d like to check out our student accommodation options in Edinburgh, call us on 0131 2012 440 or email us at info@thestudenthousingcompany.com.