School of Health in Social Science

Find us & get in touch

The School of Health in Social Science is located in the Old Medical School, designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, on the south side of the city centre. It forms a magnificent Quadrangle adjoining the University’s McEwan Hall and is entered through Doorway 6 in the north-west corner of the quad.

Contact us

Staff are working both from home and on campus and are available by email and you can contact reception using the contact details below. 

School Reception is closed between 12:30-13:30 Monday to Friday.

Phone: +44(0)131 651 3969       Fax: +44(0)131 650 3891       Email:


Contact us through an online sign language interpreter

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact the University of Edinburgh via Contact Scotland BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.

Find out more on the Contact Scotland BSL website

Getting here

The School reception is located on the first floor in the Student Support office, room 1.7, next to the lift. 

By Train

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is served by rail services to Scotland and the rest of the UK. Getting to us from Waverley station is a 15 minute walk, 5 minutes by bike or 10 minutes on a bus.

By foot

Our School is approximately a fifteen minute to walk from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station. To plan a walking journey, you can use the journey planner.

This journey planner will tell you:

  • The best route to walk.
  • Approximately how long the walk will take.
  • The distance of the walk.
  • The approximate number of calories you will burn.

To use the journey planner, all you need to do is enter the name of your origin and destination.

By bike 

There is a network of on and off-road cycle routes in Edinburgh and our school is within a five-minute cycle ride of Edinburgh Waverley Train Station.

To find out local cycle routes to the School, you can use the CycleStreets journey planner or the City of Edinburgh Council cycle maps. All you need to do is enter your origin and destination:

Cycling Streets journey planner

City of Edinburgh Council cycle maps

We have bike stands available in the quad and the nearby Central Area which can accommodate 900 bikes.

There are also secure bike stores across the Central University Area available for staff and students:

Secure Bike Parking

By bus

Buses from all over the city travel to and near our building. To plan your route you can use Lothian buses online journey planner:

Journey planner

Or get advice and pick up timetables from their Travelshop in the city centre at Waverley Bridge. 

You can pay by cash or contactless payment.

Some of the popular buses that stop close by include the:  23, 27, 35 and 45 (Teviot Place) and 41, 42 (on Buccleuch Street)

There is also a shuttle bus available from the University's Kings Buildings: 

Shuttlebus Timetable 

By Car

We are located on the south side of the city centre where traffic congestion can be a problem, and parking is strictly controlled.

There are a number of University car parks located in the Central Area and near the School and some parking meter spaces are available near Buccleuch Place.

University car parks are for the use of permit holders only and are subject to the University’s Parking Regulations. This is managed by the University Transport and Parking Office.

Permits are available for visitors to the University:

Information on parking at the University of Edinburgh

Taxis also are available from Waverley train station and across the city. 


We have a lift, teaching rooms, a reception, student support offices, toilets and a social space which are accessible. Unfortunately, not every room in the School is fully accessible, some staff offices and meeting rooms do have steps to access them. We have accessible rooms and toilets on the ground floor and we have a lift to all of the upper levels in the School.

If you have any questions about accessibility or require assistance before visiting us please get in touch.