Undergraduate study - 2017 entry

Student life at Edinburgh

Edinburgh offers something for everyone, so your social calendar can be as packed with activities as you want it to be.

The friends you meet, places you discover and the lasting memories you create contribute as much to your university life as your formal learning. Around 100,000 students call Edinburgh home, giving the city a unique buzz and ensuring you’ll be in good company.  


The city

Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic city that has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. 

Large enough to offer something for everyone, but small enough to feel like home, Edinburgh is a modern, sophisticated and beautiful European city with a diverse, multicultural community.

Our city mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment. It offers an exciting array of entertainment, history, culture and sport, with the lush Scottish countryside and coastline just a few miles away. It is a safe and prosperous city, with an abundance of parks and green spaces for recreation and reflection.

The city centre also plays host to a carnival atmosphere every August, when the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes over the town.

Edinburgh city

Scotland's inspiring capital will be the backdrop to your studies — an irresistible blend of history, natural beauty and modern city life.

Explore the city

I knew I had to attend a university that was surrounded by fantastic entertainment, energetic nightlife, and an unrivalled character. Edinburgh was the place for me.”

Ryan RussellBSc (Hons) Biological Sciences


Edinburgh offers a wide range of entertainment, social activities, architectural beauty and open spaces. Get a sense of the city from our photo gallery which features images from our University archives and also student photography.

Student views

Our students talk about what it is like to be an undergraduate at Edinburgh and the student experience outside of studying.

Discover how you will study at Edinburgh, from the four-year degree experience to timetables and learning methods.

Studying with us

At the University

Study with us and you’ll find a lively, close-knit community with plenty of opportunities to meet other students socially.

Our schools and colleges, as well as the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA), hold student events regularly.

EUSA offers an array of bars, shops, cafes and entertainment venues, including the city's biggest student nightclub. Regular entertainment includes a variety of clubs, live music and comedy, plus debates and regular club meetings.

The Students' Association also supports more than 240 societies. Our societies provide a place for you to meet like-minded people, indulge a hobby, network or simply socialise.

EUSA: what's on

EUSA student unions

EUSA societies

I love living in Edinburgh. It is a beautiful city with so much going on. it's a great place to be a student!

Laura Falkiner-RogersMA (Hons) Classics

Social media

Follow our Edinburgh Students social media accounts for a taste of student life at Edinburgh.

Twitter: Edinburgh Students

Facebook: Edinburgh Students