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Student life in Edinburgh


Local gems, tips and things to do, as recommended by students

Low on cash
Climb up to Arthur's Seat on a good day for a stunning view of the city.
Friday feeling
If there's sport on, watch at Malones Bar for a buzzing atmosphere.
Sunday chilling
Stockbridge market for fresh fish, artisan breads and handmade crafts.
When Family visit
Partake in a spot of afternoon tea at The Balmoral's Palm Court.
Feeling cultural
See works by Van Gogh and Monet at the Scottish National Gallery.
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WATCH: What students think of Edinburgh

What students say about Edinburgh's...

City Life
Small enough to know, big enough to explore (by foot too!). It's split into an 'Old' and 'New' Town so has two very different characters.
Lowri, University of Edinburgh graduate
Nightlife
Local pubs like The Pear Tree, Usher's, The Blind Poet, The Brass Monkey and The Dog House are all great (especially TDH for cheap cocktails and cool vibes!).
1st year student at University of Edinburgh, 2016
Nightlife
There's a special place in every student's heart where Hive sits. It's very cheap and the music is great... You can find all sorts of people there.
2nd year student at University of Edinburgh, 2016
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Living in Edinburgh


Housing, transport and budgeting tips

How we calculate this data
Average weekly rents
Private Landlord
£81 - £137
Pricey
Housing value for money
Good deal
Where you'll find students
Newington
Morningside
Marchmont
Local transport
£15.00
Ridacard 1 Week Ticket
(Bus)

What students say about living in Edinburgh...

Living Here
The best time to look for a three-bedroom flat is February/March. Two-bedroom flats tend not to be available until around August, so they're a little more difficult.
2nd year student at University of Edinburgh, 2016
Living Here
Certainly, areas like Marchmont are NOT worth the £400+ you'd be paying for what are normally not very modern flats.
3rd year student at University of Edinburgh, 2016
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Student money tip
Big night out? Wallow in a full Scottish breakfast at Snax Cafe, for just a few quid.

No clue about budgeting?
Things like rent and transport may affect your city choice.
Read our budgeting guide

Where to study in Edinburgh

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How we calculate our data: Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

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