The King's Buildings

The King’s Buildings (KB) is the name of the main campus of the College of Science and Engineering housing the majority of our seven Schools. The School of Informatics and parts of the School of GeoSciences are based in the Central Campus.

The King’s Buildings is also home to several education and research organisations:

  • Scotland's Rural College - Edinburgh Campus
  • British Geological Survey
  • Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BIOSS)

A cluster of science and technology companies are also located on the campus. Many of these companies are spin-out companies based on College research or start-ups which have located here to build close ties with the College.

There is a rich and varied community on the campus, with several museums showcasing historical research collections, a staff music society and the University Apiary.

Facilities on Campus

The College and the University’s central units provide many essential services on the campus including library and study facilities, Estates & Buildings services and a Careers Service.

Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) runs a number of facilities on campus:

  • KB House has extensive sport and exercise facilities.
  • KB Advice Place - which provides a range of information for students

Information Services

The library and central computing facilities are run by the University’s Information Services (IS). These include a variety of library, computing and study spaces at The King’s Buildings. The hub of these services is the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library.


Accommodation Services run:

  • KB Café at the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library
  • Upstairs Café in the Swann Building
  • Darwin Café in the Darwin Building
  • The Eng Inn in the Hudson Beare Building

Edinburgh University Students' Association runs:

  • Mayfield Bar (at KB House)
  • Blackford Lounge (at KB House)
  • Pi in the Sky cafeteria (at KB House)
  • The Magnet Café (in the James Clerk Maxwell Building)
  • The KB Shop (Ground Floor of the KB Centre) which provides fresh rolls, groceries, stationery and a range of other general items


Royal Bank of Scotland cashpoint: Adjacent to the south entrance of the KB Centre.

Clydesdale Bank cashpoint: Situated to the right of the entrance of King’s Buildings House.

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