Prospective undergraduates

The city

Situated among scenic hills at the shores of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh has been at the forefront of intellectual innovation for centuries.

Edinburgh students walking through the Botanic Gardens

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is fortunate to be right in the centre of this ancient and historical city. Located at the heart of the University campus, halfway between the bustling town centre and the main student accommodation areas, our newly-refurbished premises occupy the west wing of a large Venetian Cinquecento style building dating from 1874.

With a population of around 500,000 the city has a busy cosmopolitan air mixed with a small-town intimacy. The surrounding area is full of vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants, with supermarkets and shops only minutes away.

Around Edinburgh

A short bus journey will take you to picturesque Cramond on the shores of the Forth, the old port of Leith or the Pentland Hills. Further afield, the rolling countryside, villages and beaches of the Lothians are all easily accessible. Edinburgh is also a haven for cyclists, with quiet and scenic routes criss-crossing the city.

A cultural capital

For a town of its size Edinburgh has an incredibly energetic and diverse cultural life. Apart from the renowned Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival — the largest arts festival in the world — a host of smaller eclectic events run throughout the year.

There are also dozens of museums and galleries with unique collections, and cinemas specialising in arthouse and documentary programmes from around the world.

Further information

Explore Edinburgh