Edinburgh

Edin' for the top? One of the UK's favourite cities and best universities make Edinburgh a great student city

  • Notable Residents

    (past & present)

    Alexander Graham Bell (Science)
    Ronnie Corbett (Comedian)
    Sean Connery (Actor)

  • Population: 476,626

    • About Edinburgh

      If you’re still looking for an excuse to go to university in Edinburgh, it might not be the place for you. If the handful of top class universities, the gorgeous scenery or the constant compliments about the quality of life there haven’t convinced you, what else can be said? 

      As the home of the Scottish Parliament (in the ‘different’ looking buildings) and one of the top 5 financial centres on the continent, Edinburgh is a thriving, exciting city to be a part of. Despite its financial success, the 100,000 odd students crammed into the ancient city and surrounding area make sure it doesn’t get too far ahead of itself, and there’s a distinct student vibe around. 

      Locals don’t seem to mind much, with one of the most varied arts scene around and a nightlife most cities struggle to match. Culture seekers need only to look up with the gorgeous Edinburgh castle dominating most views, and there’s a huge range of famous galleries, museums, theatres and places of interest. 

      As for university, the University of Edinburgh is the biggie, recognised as a world beater in research and member of various esteemed research organisations. Every halls of residence is a short walk from the main campus – adding a few minutes onto the invariable lie-in you’ll want. Heriot-Watt University is often referred to as Scotland’s international university – with 3 campuses in Scotland and one in distant Dubai. 

      Sports facilities are shared with Hearts FC, and with one of the UK’s two Actuarial maths and Statistics centres, the uni is particularly proud of its Logistics and Engineering subjects. Napier University has nine campuses dotted around the posh bits of the city, and the College of Art and Queen Margaret’s also call this great city home too.

      Points of Interest

      Map Key

      • City Centre
      • Edinburgh College of Art
      • The University of Edinburgh
      • Edinburgh Napier University
      • Heriot-Watt University
      • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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      Student Accomodation in Edinburgh

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      Interesting Facts

      • Edinburgh has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world. The city boasts some 47,400 listed buildings

      • The castle - which dominates the Edinburgh skyline atop its hill, is home to the 1 'o' clock gun - which fires a shot at 1pm every day except Sundays

      • Edinburgh has 112 parks and more trees per head of population than any other city in the UK