Mature students

The Students' Association

Every student at the University is a member of the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA), an organisation built around supporting students.

EUSA helps you to get the best out of your time at Edinburgh by providing specialist student services, representative councils and union buildings.

See the EUSA website for more information on their services, including entertainment, welfare and representation.


Photo of students talking in Potterow

Support services

Venues and events

EUSA runs four student union buildings, which contain several bars, retail and catering outlets.

Teviot Row House, opened in 1889, is the oldest purpose–built students’ union in the world and sits in the University’s Central Area next to Potterrow, EUSA’s unique domed venue.

Recent multimillion-pound redevelopments of EUSA’s facilities include study, social, meeting and events spaces alongside retail, bar and catering outlets at King’s Buildings House.

In addition, a world-class centre for student activities including dance studios, a multi-purpose performance space and TV and radio production studios will fully reopen, at the iconic Pleasance venue, in September 2017.

EUSA is also responsible for events programming throughout the year, including hosting Freshers' Week.

Student union

EUSA events

Societies and community

EUSA supports more than 260 student societies and clubs, from the Aberdeen FC Supporters Club to the Zoological Society.

It also promotes opportunities with local charities through its volunteering center.

Student societies

Volunteering opportunities

Student support

EUSA provides free and confidential guidance to students on everything ranging from academic issues to financial assistance through the Advice Place. It also creates opportunities for students to connect and help each other through programmes such as Peer Support and International Buddies.

The Advice Place

Peer Support

International Buddies

Student representation

EUSA is affiliated with the National Union of Students and works to represent your interests at a local and national level through various councils, committees and the work of elected sabbatical officers and other elected representatives.

EUSA campaigns on issues that matter to students, whether they are academic, welfare or related to events or issues external to the University. These campaigns are organised through the Student Council, founded in 1884, where student representatives meet regularly to discuss policies.

Students can also find support through their class representatives and school councils, who represent the views of students directly to the University staff in their Schools.

Student representation