Introduction

We guarantee accommodation for undergraduate students meeting certain criteria.

Accommodation is more than just a place to live. We know how important it is to provide an environment in which you can thrive.

Moving away from home for the first time is exciting but it can be daunting too. We're committed to making that transition as easy as possible for you.

We can help you find somewhere to live and assist with any housing issues.

See our Accommodation Services website for more information, help and advice to help you choose your new home in Edinburgh.

Our guarantee

We guarantee an offer of accommodation for all new undergraduate students from outside the city of Edinburgh who are studying for the full academic year and who apply by the deadline.

We aim to do the same for as many students as possible who are studying for part of the year with us.

Our accommodation

Students crossing bridge at Pollock Halls

The University has more than 4,100 residential places for new undergraduate students, in a wide range of accommodation.

We offer a range of catered and self-catered options and most are close to key University buildings and facilities.

University-owned and -managed accommodation typically includes:

  • a regular cleaning service
  • all heating, hot water and electricity costs
  • internet facilities in every study bedroom
  • contents insurance
  • support and welfare services from our Residence Life teams
  • secure bike storage
  • laundry facilities.

Detailed information, including prices to help you plan your budget, is available from our Accommodation Services website.

How to apply

How to apply and pay for University accommodation.

Events, socialising and support

Advice and support is available to help you find somewhere to live and assist with any housing issues.

Our Residence Life team provides students with academic and social events throughout the year. Student Resident Assistants (RAs) live in our accommodation, working with residents on a 1:40 ratio.

We deliver year-round support, providing an enhanced residential living experience in your home away from home.

The Residence Life team is very keen to help students meet other people. One of the most enjoyable experiences I've had was in my first week, when they arranged a meal for 30 of us at an Indian restaurant, very near my accommodation. That night I met the people who've become probably my closest friends in Edinburgh.

Luke Campbell

BA (Hons) Community Education

Private housing

If you would prefer not to live in University accommodation, we can also offer you advice and assistance on finding private rented accommodation.

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