School of Divinity

Why study in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh has been named the best city to live in the world (Arcadis, 2018) and is regularly rated the best place to live and work in the UK (Royal Mail/ Cebr report 2018, PwC Good Growth for Cities report 2018).

Edinburgh is a UNESCO world heritage site. With a population of around 450,000, our city mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively and cosmopolitan environment. It is a safe and prosperous city, with an abundance of parks and green spaces for recreation and reflection. It offers an exciting array of entertainment, arts, culture and sport, with the lush Scottish countryside and dramatic coastline just a few miles away.

The School of Divinity is fortunate to be right in the centre of this historic city. Located at the heart of the Old Town, the School is housed in the iconic New College, a dramatic neo-gothic building that features large in the city’s skyline and boasts some of the most breathtaking views over Edinburgh. Our students benefit from a self-contained college setting just five minutes away from the main campus, giving privileged access to all university facilities.

A cultural capital

Edinburgh has an incredibly energetic and diverse cultural life. Apart from the renowned Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival every August (the largest arts festival in the world) a host of other cultural events run throughout each year.

There are also dozens of museums and galleries with unique collections, and cinemas specialising in arthouse and world film.

Around Edinburgh

A short journey will take you to the old port of Leith and waterfront pubs and cafes, or to the fishing villages of Fife, to the Pentland Hills or country parks and beaches. Further afield, Scotland’s magnificent scenery, its villages and coastlines, and its other vibrant cities are all easily accessible. Edinburgh is also a haven for cyclists, with quiet and scenic routes criss-crossing the city.