Faith and Worship Facilities

A list of some faith and worship facilities near the University's campuses.

Chaplaincy Sanctuary

The Chaplaincy has a multi-faith Sanctuary, located at the back of the auditorium in our Bristo Square building; it hosts Monday lunchtime prayers, and Wednesday lunchtime Holy Communion. More details can be found on the Lunchtime prayers and communion page.


Faith and worship facilities elsewhere in Edinburgh

This list is not complete but does give some of the groups and buildings closest to the University and to which the Chaplaincy is connected by our Honorary Chaplains and Belief Contacts.

The Edinburgh Central Mosque is located on Potterrow, right next to the central University campus.

There are Muslim prayer rooms in the Chaplaincy building at King's Buildings - these are in the Mary Brück Building, Colin MacLaurin Road, Edinburgh EH9 3DW.  The Mary Brück Building is located here on the King's Buildings Campus Map.

The Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh is located on Bernard Street in Leith and is run by our Buddhist Honorary Chaplain, Ani Rinchen Khandro.

The Chaplaincy also offers mindfulness meditation classes run by Dr Avinash Bansode, usually on Thursdays 1:10-1:50pm during semester time.

The Edinburgh Hindu Mandir cultural centre is located in Leith.

The Edinburgh Sikh Gurdwara is located in Leith.

There are three Jewish communities in Edinburgh; the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation in Salisbury Road (near Pollock Halls); Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, who meet at various venues mainly in Morningside; and Chabad of Edinburgh located at 33 West Preston Street.

The Edinburgh Baha'i Centre is at 44 Albany Street in the New Town.

There is a Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Terrace, just off George IV Bridge.

St Mark's Unitarian Church is on Castle Terrace, close to Princes Street.

Our Daoist contact Rachael Zi Jiao runs the Soen Ren School of Spiritual Arts, with classes in yoga, tai chi, kung fu, qi gong and meditation, at various venues in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

The Sunday Assembly is "a godless congregation that meets to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life" - they meet in various venues around Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Central Mosque, EH8 9BT

Chaplaincy facilities at King's Buildings

Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, EH3 7LA

Mindfullybeing meditation training

Edinburgh Hindu Mandir, EH6 7EG

Edinburgh Gurdwara, EH6 6TJ

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, EH16 5AB

Sukkat Shalom, Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community - various venues

Chabad of Edinburgh, EH8 9PY

Edinburgh Baha'i Centre, EH1 3QR

Central Edinburgh Quaker Meeting, EH1 2JL

St Mark's Unitarian Church, EH1 2DP

Soen Ren School of Spiritual Arts (Daoist/other) - various venues

Sunday Assembly Edinburgh - various venues


Christian churches and groups

This list is not complete but does give some of the groups and buildings closest to the University and to which the Chaplaincy is connected by our Honorary Chaplains and Belief Contacts.

The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy is at 23-24 George Square, with its own chapel (St Albert The Great), and has a common room for the use of students.  Some of the Dominican friars there are Honorary Chaplains of the University.

Greyfriars Kirk is the University Church (part of the Church of Scotland), and is located on Candlemaker Row, just off George IV Bridge. Our Honorary Chaplain Rev Richard Frazer is the minister.  Worship in Gaelic is also offered at 12.30 on Sundays.

Priestfield Parish Church is also part of the Church of Scotland, and is on Dalkeith Road, close to Pollock Halls.  Our Honorary Chaplain Revd Dr Jared Hay is the minister.

Our Anglican (Episcopalian) Chaplain Rev Canon Ian Paton is the minister at Old St Paul's Church, just off the Royal Mile.

There is a Methodist church on Nicolson Square, just off Potterrow.

The Orthodox Community of St Andrew is on Meadow Lane, just south of the University, run by our Orthodox chaplain Fr Raphael Pavouris.

Augustine United Reformed Church is on George IV Bridge, just a short walk from the main campus, run by our URC Chaplain Rev Fiona Bennett.

Edinburgh University Roman Catholic Chaplaincy, EH8 9LD

Greyfriars Kirk, Church of Scotland, EH1 2QQ

Gaelic services at Greyfriars (Facebook page)

Priestfield Parish Church of Scotland, EH16 5HW

Old St Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican), EH1 1DH

Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX

Orthodox Community of St Andrew, EH8 9NR

Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL

If you cannot find a place of worship that meets your needs on this list please contact the Chaplaincy and we may be able to advise about further faith and worship facilities.