Information for students who have not received or accepted an offer of University accommodation and do not have accommodation arranged yet.
The University’s accommodation team administer a large number of flats, houses and halls or residence that are exclusively for students.
Staff will be on hand to offer advice to any student who does not yet have accommodation in Edinburgh. Even if they cannot always find you somewhere suitable within University accommodation, they may be able to give you helpful hints for finding somewhere to live and guidance on obtaining accommodation in the private sector will be offered.
However, please do not expect staff to do all the hard work for you, especially if you arrive at the beginning of the academic year, as they will be inundated with requests such as yours.
You can also check out the Advice Place website, which has useful information on tenancy issues, leases, landlord registration.
The advisers can read over you lease before you sign it and help you with your tenancy rights.
You should pay particular attention to the section on scams - a number of students in the UK have lost money through bogus accommodation offers.
If you are not sure about something, take 5 minutes to contact them to check before parting with any money.
There is information available on the Accommodation Services website about renting private (not University) housing, including guidance on where to look, leases and your rights as a tenant.
This article was published on Dec 14, 2012