Bristo Square

The Chaplaincy Centre in Bristo Square houses Chaplaincy staff offices, a comfortable drop-in space in our Auditorium and facilities for groups.


Opening hours

Normally we are open 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday in semester time for our drop in with tea and coffee available in the kitchen (donations appreciated, suggested donation 25p per hot drink). Many student groups book the space in the evening - usually these events run between 5pm and 9pm.

The Centre is a very popular place for people to meet. Around 3000 people pass through its doors each week for:

  • Drop in space with tea, coffee, newspapers, comfy seats and a piano
  • Quiet reflection
  • Study
  • Viewing exhibitions
  • Use of resource centre and library
  • Personal support
  • Wide variety of student group meetings


Ground floor

All of the downstairs areas have good disabled access. There is an induction loop system in the auditorium.

  • Auditorium (with a capacity of 200 people)
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-faith Sanctuary which is located at the back of our main auditorium
  • Toilets (with disabled access)
  • Receptionist's office

You are welcome to use the Sanctuary as a quiet space for personal use. This is an inclusive space for those of any faith and none.


Map of central area showing Chaplaincy, near Potterrow Shop
The Chaplaincy is building 30 on this map.

The upstairs areas of the Chaplaincy can be accessed by a lift located in the Potterrow Dome café/bar.  Access is available weekdays 9.30am to 5pm.

  • Offices
  • Two meeting rooms which can hold 65 - 70 people max.
  • Spirituality and Multi-faith Resource Centre/Library

Please note our Contemplation room is now no longer in use, as of March 2020.

For those seeking a quiet space for reflection please use the Sanctuary on the ground floor of the centre. 

Arriving upstairs in the Chaplaincy:  Prior notice is required so access can be arranged.  Therefore please contact Chaplaincy on 0131 650 2595 or 0131 650 2598 and they in turn will contact EUSA in Potterrow to arrange access to the lift and the upstairs area of the Chaplaincy.  This can take some time so we would advise you to make sure you call in advance to make these arrangements so you are not late for your event.

Leaving upstairs:  The process is reversed for this.  So again call Chaplaincy on 0131 650 2595 or 0131 650 2598, or speak with a Chaplaincy staff member and they in turn will contact EUSA in Potterrow to arrange access to the lift and exit from the building. 


Chaplaincy Centre

Contact details



1 Bristo Square

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