• 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. The city also has many historical hotspots and posesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way through to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. It's obvious why students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

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

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the underground and has everything a student could possibly want from the Uk's best shopping, restaurants, parks and museums to some of the most unique bars and clubs.

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  • Newcastle

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

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is known for its role in the great Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves underneath the streets of the city. Nottingham also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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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 and Barbican areas.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love the sea - Portsmouth is a great choice! From eating and drinking out to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard - 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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City Profile: A Heads up of Edinburgh

How to thrive in this city

Starting life as a student at the University of Edinburgh? You can get to know the most important bits of this city in this quick guide. We’ll look at the main uni buildings, transport links, the best to places to shop, and more.

Let’s give you the grand tour.

Main University Buildings

The university’s main campus is 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre, known as the Central Area.

As a student, here is where you will spend much of your time. Most of the buildings are a short walk from one another: you can quickly get to the Main Library, the Students’ Association, the Centre for Sport and Exercise, and many school buildings.

But depending on the subject you take, you are likely to spend time at one or more of the university’s other campuses too:

  • King’s Building – home to the Science and Engineering College
  • Little France – home to the Medical School
  • Easter Bush – home to Royal School of Veterinary Studies

Check out the campus maps for more.

Transport

With a population of 487,500, Edinburgh is a big, big city. But don’t worry. Because when you do need to travel, it’s easy. There are buses, trams and trains.

Lothian and First operate the main bus services around the city – great for getting around on the cheap. And a tram network connects many city-centre stops to the airport.

The main train station is Edinburgh Waverley Station. It’s just 15 minutes’ walk from the campus: Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1BB. From here you can easily connect to anywhere else in the country — whether you are heading back home or going on an adventure with your mates.

Use the journey planner to find info about specific stops.

Shops

Edinburgh is a great place to shop, no matter what you’re after.

Princess Street is home to the essential shops – including many your favourite high-street names – as well as Jenners, a quirky department store that has been here since 1838.

But for a real shopping experience, check out the Grassmarket. Once a medieval marketplace, it’s now a vibrant area with plenty of eclectic shops.

Student Favourites

Students have plenty to explore all across Edinburgh.

Here are some of the favourites:

  • Edinburgh Castle  – Overlooks the city from the top of the Royal Mile
  • Cameo Cinema – Watch the latest films both art-house and blockbusters
  • Edinburgh Zoo – Penguins!
  • The Fruitmarket Gallery – A unique and inspiring gallery
  • The Jazz Bar  – A top live venue with local and international bands

Yes, there are many things to do in Edinburgh. All you need is a place to call home.

Accommodation

Obviously, there’s accommodation around the city but none are better than our very own Canal Point, Arran House and Brae House. In fact in 2014, students voted us as the best provider of private accommodation.

From £126 a week, our Edinburgh accommodation is stylish and distinctive. You get a TV, ensuite room, post service and loads more – with all your bills included. To find out more, talk to us today.