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Edinburgh is for an elite type of student. It’s hard enough getting in here, so it’s only fitting you’ll spend the next four years in glorious townhouses and some of Scotland’s finest pubs. It’s a cultural metropolis, with art festivals, comedy and music on almost every night. Whether you’re looking to enhance your posh credentials, or become the poetic artist you always wanted to be, look no further than Edinburgh.

Being a local

Where to live


Newington has everything you need to live in Edinburgh – down the road from uni, surrounded by pubs and shops and right next to the Meadows

Mid-range to Expensive

Ideal if you're looking for getting out the house – bars and the city are right on your doorstep

Less than a ten minute walk away

Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Farmfoods nearby


Another solid choice but slightly more expensive than Newington, Marchmont is also a stone's throw from the meadows and is the epicentre of student life

Mid-range to Expensive

The go-to for all parties and pres. Most students can be found here so you're never short of places to go on the weekend

A walk from George Campus

Scotmids and Co-Ops


Quality houses for a little cheaper than you'd get in Marchmont or Newington, with a good student community just slightly further away from the centre


Very residential, so not the place for house parties

around a half an hour walk from campus

Sainbury's Local, Tesco Metro, and a Scotmid nearby

New Town

A haunt for Edinburgh's upper class, New Town has beautiful houses at the heart of the action, but with a big price tag


Very lively, with George Street and Princes Street on your doorstop and Old Town only a walk over the bridge away

Far away – around a 25-30 minute or so walk from campus

M&S, Tesco Express and Margiotta

Being a local

Tips and tricks

Helpful things to know

Edinburgh is full of hills – be prepared to do some serious steps if you're walking all over

Avoid Old Town on the weekend and during summer if you can – it's full of tourists and you can see it all pretty quickly

People don't go out till quite late, and clubs open later than usual – prepare to start your night out around midnight

Everything you need to do before you leave

Get up to Edinburgh early, before term starts, so you can experience Fringe Festival during August

Edinburgh is full of stand up comedy, theatre and art festivals. Be sure to check these out while you can

Climb Arthur's Seat

Go swimming in Portobello Beach

Visit Murrayfield Stadium for the Six Nations – only a short tram trip away

Daily life

Transport tips

Taxi services
  • Uber
  • City Cabs
  • Gett
Public transport
  • The bus is only £1.70
  • There's also a tram that'll take you to some of the main spots – Princes Street, St Andrews Square and the airport if you need it

Going out


Why Not

George Street

Biggest nights each week:

Love Wednesday on Wednesdays

Type of music:

Hip Hop, RnB and House


George Street

Biggest nights each week:

JuJu on Mondays

Type of music:

House, Garage and Techno



Biggest nights each week:

Any night of the week

Type of music:

Everything from Rock to Hip Hop depending on the night



Biggest nights each week:

Tamagotchi on Tuesdays

Type of music:

Pop, Cheese and RnB


Frederick St

Biggest nights each week:

Rascals on Thursdays

Type of music:

Hip Hop and RnB

Sneaky Pete's


Biggest nights each week:

Heaters on Wednesday

Type of music:

House and Techno

The Liquid Room

Victoria Street

Biggest nights each week:

Propoganda on Fridays

Type of music:

Indie, Rock and Roll

Food and Drink

Places to eat and drink

Food on campus
  • Teviot at the SU
  • Mosque Kitchen on Nicholson Square
  • On the Roll in George Square
  • Nile Valley opposite campus
  • BRGR on Nicholson Street
  • Ting Thai Caravan on Teviot Place
Places to eat out
  • The Dome on George Street
  • Civerinos on Hunter Square
  • Devil’s Advocate in the Old Town
  • Checkpoint on Bristol Place
Casual pints
  • Cold Town Brewery on Grassmarket
  • McSorley's on Forrest Road
  • Brass Monkey on Drummond Street
  • Panda & Sons on Queen Street
  • Teviot’s Library Bar at the SU
  • The Three Sisters on Cowgate
  • The Standing Order on George Street
  • Peartree on Nicolson Street
  • Finnegans Wake on Victoria Street
Bars for a big night out
  • Hoot The Redeemer on Hanover Street
  • Blackbird Bar on Leven Street
  • The Stand Comedy Club on Oxendon Street
  • The Cellar Monkey in Marchmont
  • Boteco Do Brasil next to Potterow

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