• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer-than-average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful River Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes Street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, such as shopping, unique restaurants & entertainment - including live music & sport. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city - you really are spoilt!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne has lots to offer as a city, including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including more than 600 shops. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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5 Famous Edinburgh Students

There are lots of advantages to studying at the University of Edinburgh.

The Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings place it among the country’s top institutions, putting it sixth behind Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London and the London School of Economics.

You also have wonderful accommodation such as Arran House and Brae House within easy reach of the campus and the city centre, allowing you to really make the most of your time in the beautiful Scottish capital.

But you are far from the first to embark on a new and exciting educational journey in Edinburgh. In fact, as these 8 famous former students prove, there are some pretty big shoes to fill:

J.K. Rowling

You may not be aware that J.K. Rowling’s journey to stardom actually began in Edinburgh. In 1995, the author had just undertaken a teacher training in course at the university, but continued to work on her novel in her spare time. The subject of that book was a wizard by the name of Harry Potter.

Rowling actually wrote parts of the first Potter book in cafes around Edinburgh, as she took her baby daughter out for walks. She was offered a publishing deal in the middle of her course, and 20 years, seven books and a record-breaking film franchise later she is one of the world’s richest and best known writers.

She returned to the university in 2004 to receive an honorary degree for her literary work.

It should be noted that the University of Edinburgh does have a fantastic track record of nurturing novelists, with world famous authors such as J.M. Barrie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Ian Rankin all passing through its doors.

Charles Darwin

His theory of evolution continues to be debated to this day, but Charles Darwin could so easily have ended up as a doctor if his studies at Edinburgh had gone according to plan.

Sent by his father in 1825, Darwin quickly found that the practicalities of a surgical career were not for him. Instead, he began nurturing a passion for natural history that could not be stopped even when he was sent away to Cambridge University to train to be a priest.

This career change never transpired, and Darwin went on to write iconic texts such as On the Origin of Species (where he outlined his famous evolutionary theory) and The Descent of ManHis image can currently be found on the British £10 note, but is set to be replaced by author Jane Austen some time in 2017.

Sir Chris Hoy

Britain’s most successful Olympian achieved a degree in Applied Sports Science from Edinburgh in 1999.

Just three years later, Sir Chris picked up two gold medals at the World Track Cycling Championships in Copenhagen, before adding a first Olympic gold to his collection in 2004. A year later, the university acknowledged his sporting achievements with an Honorary Doctorate of Science, but he was far from finished.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sir Chris became the first British athlete since 1908 to win three gold medals in one Games, taking first place in the Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint events. The feat saw him voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the public.

Four years later, he won two more gold medals at the London Olympics, achieving a new world record in the Team Sprint event. He retired from competitive cycling in 2013 and remains the most decorated Olympic male cyclist of all time.

Gordon Brown

The former British Prime Minister has both an MA and a PhD in History from Edinburgh. In fact, Brown achieved his first political success there, when he was elected as Rector of the university while still a student in 1972.

The title had previously been mostly ceremonial in nature, but Brown instead used the opportunity to scrutinise the institution’s finances, much to the displeasure of university officials.

He went on to become Chancellor of the Exchequer for a decade under Tony Blair’s government, before a three-year stay in Number 10 that ended in 2010. He is now the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Alexander Graham Bell

The man best known for his role in the invention of the telephone was actually born in Edinburgh, and attended the university in 1866 with his older brother.

Despite various accounts suggesting he may not have been the first to conceive the idea of the telephone, Bell’s subsequent pioneering work with speech, hearing and other areas such as aeronautics established him as one of the most brilliant scientists this country has ever produced.

His status is acknowledged by the university, with the Alexander Graham Bell Building housing part of Edinburgh’s engineering faculty.

Tempted By Edinburgh?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to follow in these footsteps, you’d better make sure your accommodation matches your ambition.

The Student Housing Company offers a range of options across Edinburgh, where you will enjoy a comfortable, relaxed environment that will allow you to nurture your academic potential. For more information, you can contact our halls directly with any queries you may have.

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