Frequently asked questions on student life in the School of Informatics and the University of Edinburgh.
There is a variety of types of accommodation to choose from when studying at the University of Edinburgh. You can stay in the university’s main halls of residence, Pollock Halls, where about 1,900 students live in single study bedrooms on a full board basis. Many of these rooms have their own bathrooms. Or you could live in a university self-catering flat which normally accommodates between 4 and 6 people. A third option is to stay in a student house. For the rest of your time at the university most students like to find a flat or a house to rent with their friends. The accommodation services will help here too.
You are guaranteed an offer of University accommodation if:
- you are a new, single student at the University of Edinburgh; and
- your online accommodation application is received by 16 August in the year of entry to the University; and
- you are UF (Unconditional Firm) on UCAS by 30 August in the year of entry to the University; and
- you reside outside the City of Edinburgh; and
- you are studying at the University of Edinburgh for the whole academic year, starting in September
You can visit accommodation services' website to find lots of helpful information about what type accommodation is available, and what options are open to you.
Edinburgh is one of the best cities in which to live - particularly for students. It is small enough for you to walk to most places you might want to visit and the public transport is frequent and fairly cheap.
Edinburgh is a safe place to cycle with its cycle ways in the centre of town.
There is something for everyone in Edinburgh, from cheap to expensive, cultural to sporty. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs, theatres, cinemas and art galleries, museums and parks, shops and sports facilities (e.g., golf courses, Olympic sized swimming pool, athletic track, football and rugby pitches, artificial ski slope, tennis and squash courts, gyms) plus all the clubs and societies you can join as an Edinburgh University student.
You can hear everything about our student experiences by reading through out student blogs. These cover a range of topics from top attractions in Edinburgh to study and time-management.
Be sure to also check out our TikTok for more about student life
Many students undertake part-time work at some point during their University career. The University provides a job seeking service that is open to all students and makes sure that your rights are looked after.
For more information please visit the Careers Service website:
Below is a sample of some of the societies our students are members of, however there are over 350 student groups at the university so you're sure to find one you're interested in!:
CompSoc (Technology Society)
Is a student-run organisation with strong ties to the School of Informatics. CompSoc aims to provide a social network for students with an interest in computers, encourage both novice and advanced computer users to further educate themselves and others and build relationships between students and professionals in the IT industry.
CompSoc help organise and host ‘Hack the Burgh’ a Hackathon, along with the School of Informatics and Major League Hacking.
Edinburgh University Hoppers
Is our student-run women in technology group in Informatics. Hoppers organise a regular programme of activities, work with the School’s Equality and Diversity Committee to promote women in tech and provide a peer-support network for female students in the School.
Provides events, workshops and tech talks to students interested in AI & Data Science
A society for game developers. Newbies and seasoned game devs welcome!
The GameDevSIG is part of CompSoc and has an active discord channel on the main CompSoc discord server
EARS (Embedded and Robotics Society)
Aimed at helping students get into the fields of embedded development and robotics and bringing together a community interested in these fields.
Cognitive Science Society
Provides a community for students in Cognitive Science, and anyone else interested.
Edinburgh University Women in STEM
Promoting, supporting and connecting Women in STEM
Graduates in IT/Computing have a wide variety of career options to them, recent graduates have gone on to work as:
- Database Administrator
- IT Technical Support Officer
- IT Consultant
- Web Developer
- Software Engineer
The School has strong links with industry which can help you find exciting internships and job opportunities. Popular graduate destinations for our students include Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Samsung, Nvida, Intel, RockStar North, ARM, Keysight, Royal Bank of Scotland, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup.
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