University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh | Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders

Varied union activities Diverse local nightlife Political Creative City Campus

Ucas code: E56

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 924 comments (249 students)
    • The upside

      It does well on exam results turn around time, which is good because you aren't left for a long time dreading your results.

      2012, 2nd year, Pure Mathematics

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    • The upside

      Sports, societies and opportunities for students.

      2013, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • Accommodation

      The University guarantees to provide accommodation for all First Year students who do not live in the City of Edinburgh and has...

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      2012, 3rd year, Scottish Law

      Accommodation

      The University guarantees to provide accommodation for all First Year students who do not live in the City of Edinburgh and has a vast range of catered and self-catered accommodation on offer. However, for students with conditional offers who are waiting on exam results in August prior to applying for accommodation, it must be borne in mind that Scottish students who are generally allocated University places based on their Higher results (obtained during their penultimate year of Secondary School) will receive unconditional offers from December onwards and will thus be able to apply for accommodation as soon as the applications open. This means that students with conditional offers are fighting over whatever is left of the University's accommodation in August and rarely get their first choice of accommodation. In my experience, many late applicants were allocated an en-suite twin room with bunk beds in a catered hall, despite having expressed a preference for a single room in a self-catered hall. On a more positive note, the refectory for the catered accommodation was undergoing renovations whilst I was staying in my catered hall 3 years ago and is now much larger, more modern and more efficient. The quality and range of the food on offer has improved drastically following these renovations and the waiting time for the refectory has equally been reduced. There are usually two to three options for main meals, including a vegetarian option and there are a variety of side dishes on offer, from healthier options such as salads and pasta to a plate of chips if you're feeling indulgent. With coffee machines and coke/sprite dispensers, the refectory is now much improved.

      2012, 3rd year, Scottish Law

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    • The upside

      Great city, scottish culture, great veterinary facilities

      2013, 1st year, Clinical Veterinary Medicine & Dentistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Everyday expenses

      Edinburgh is expensive but you can live quite cheaply if you know where to look. Get a nectar card as you will spend an awful...

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      2012, 4th year, Clinical Medicine

      Everyday expenses

      Edinburgh is expensive but you can live quite cheaply if you know where to look. Get a nectar card as you will spend an awful lot of time (especially during exam season) visiting the Sainsbury's on Middle Meadow Walk.

      2012, 4th year, Clinical Medicine

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    • Academic Experience

      Expect about 3 hours of lectures each week with an hour tutorial per subject. The first year is fairly laid back and not...

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      2013, 1st year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      Expect about 3 hours of lectures each week with an hour tutorial per subject. The first year is fairly laid back and not particularly challenging. It can therefore be difficult to keep focused and on track. Type of work varies massively between subjects. The feedback is sometimes too general and not specific enough to your work.

      2013, 1st year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

69%

HIGH

Political

70%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

79%

HIGH

Varied union activities

79%

HIGH

Sporty

71%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £21k HIGH
Student score 76% MED

Overall student satisfaction

82%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

27,690

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

69%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

10%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

58%

of students are female

Young / Mature

12%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

33%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

58%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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