Edinburgh University is scattered across the city but its beating heart, with student union and library, is only 15 minutes away.
This is the world-renowned heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, where trendy shops and classy bars meet a rich cultural heritage.
Edinburgh Castle overlooks the city from its place at the top of the Royal Mile, as stunning a view as the views it offers.
National Museum of Scotland
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof.
Our Dynamic Earth
Our Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits and well-maintained vending-machines.
Royal Botanic Garden
Refresh your senses and explore one of the world's finest botanical gardens.
Another of Edinburgh's fine further education institutions. Read, work and play at the Napier Merchiston Campus.
You’ll hear all about the pandas as soon as you step foot into Edinburgh, but there’s more to the zoo than that. There are penguins too.
The Fruitmarket Gallery
A unique and inspiring gallery that looks at modern works in an immersive and, more importantly, accessible way.
On one of the busiest streets in Edinburgh, you’ll find one of the most popular theatres, which puts on a year-long comedy, drama, dance and music.
Another impressive venue that embraces the city’s reputation as a global hotbed of culture all year round.
The Scottish National Gallery
The collection of Scottish and international art is among the best in the world, and is housed in 3 sites across Edinburgh.
The Stand Comedy Club
Renowned for the quality acts it houses during the Fringe, The Stand continues to provide when the tourists have all gone home.
Intimate, ornate and inexpensive, this is one of the UK’s finest cinemas offering art-house and blockbuster films alike.
Less intimate, less ornate, and less inexpensive, Odeon is just down the road and puts on a greater quantity of films than Cameo.
The Jazz Bar
The very best of jazz, funk, soul, blues, roots, and acoustic, featuring excellent local, UK and international touring bands.
The Dagda Bar
A humble and little-known pub down by the Edinburgh University campus, loved for its Belgian beers and warm atmosphere.
The Queen's Hall
The Queen's Hall offers a wide range of events to tempt you all year round - classical, jazz, blues, pop, rock, world, folk and comedy.
One of a collection of fine record shops in Edinburgh, offering a wide range of music to appeal to the connoisseur.
An intimate gig venue which attracts a wide range of established and up-and-coming acts for your delectation.
Cabaret Voltaire Bar & Club
A venue popular amongst the student crowd, with a bar upstairs and a club downstairs. Great place for a night out.
We don't think words suffice to do this club justice, but it's a staple of the student nightlife. You'll soon see for yourself.
Just the place to go and grab some bread, a bottle of milk and maybe even a ready meal for those lazy days!
Run by the University of Edinburgh, FASIC is the place to go if you have any kind of sport or fitness related injury.
Gilmore Medical Practice
Just around the corner from Canal Point is Gilmore Medical Practice and this is an ideal place to register as your local doctor.
Bene's Fish & Chips
Serving up not only the classic British dish, but typical take-out food as well. With home delivery available, what more could you ask for?
Who doesn't love pizza? With deals on everyday of the week this pizza chain is often a student's best friend!
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Because this is the oldest volunteer hospital in Scotland, it has decades of experience. If you're seriously injured then this is the place to go.
A great place to pick up both old classics and new releases. They even stock textbooks at discounted prices!
The iconic Seattle coffee chain has a store just around the corner from Canal Point, making getting your caffeine fix that much easier!
The largest park in Edinburgh is home to the famous Arthur's Seat. This open space is definitely not to be missed while living in the city.
Playing host to an annual summer festival and offering scenic walks through Scotland's capital, this park is a great place to unwind and relax.
With countless cultural hotspots, a huge variety of bars and pubs, and lots of quirky coffee shops, you will never be bored in Scotland’s busy capital. Here’s our student city guide to Edinburgh.
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
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