College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Edinburgh BioQuarter (Little France)

Travel to your campus.

Students in the Jex Blake Cafe, Chancellor's Building

Public transport

Getting to and from the BioQuarter campus is easy with a variety of transportation options including excellent public transport links.

There are over 600 buses a day travelling to the site, into the Lothians and other University sites including Central Area, the King's Buildings, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and the Western General.

A number of Lothian Buses services (7, 8, 18, 21, 24, 33, 38, 49) operate to and from the Royal Infirmary Hospital, which is on the campus.  From the city centre, the 33 or 49 are usually the quickest and most convenient.

First Bus service 95/X95 and Perryman's Buses services 51/52 stop at bus stops near the north entrance.

Park and ride

There are five Park and Ride sites located on the outskirts of Edinburgh providing free and secure car parking with staffed terminal buildings, CCTV and public toilets.

The Sheriffhall (EH22 1FF) park and ride site has direct public transport access to BioQuarter. It is located on the A7 just north of the City By-pass/Sheriffhall junction near Danderhall and is served daily by Lothian Buses service 33 and 49.


Large numbers of staff and students cycle to BioQuarter each day using the city's on and off road cycle path network. Cycle lanes are provided on both sides of Dalkeith Road between Cameron Toll and BioQuarter, and an off-road cycle path connects BioQuarter with Craigmillar and the east of the city.

Sheltered cycle parking is provided to the rear of Chancellor's Building and at the east of QMRI.

Free Dr Bike sessions are run at BioQuarter for staff and students. At the sessions Dr Bike provides a free bicycle safety inspection and does their best to fix minor problems on the spot to any bikes brought along on the day. For problems that cannot be repaired on the spot, Dr Bike will give each bike an 'MOT' certificate to take away to a bike shop.


Motorcycle parking is available at the rear of Chancellor’s Building in a clearly designated area.

Please do not park under the Chancellor’s Building canopy (the designated bicycle parking area) as this is a serious fire risk.

City Car Club

A City Car Club vehicle is based in the QMRI car park. Further information about this scheme is available on the Transport and Parking Office web site.


Parking at BioQuarter is in very high demand and the University is supplied with a limited number of permits for staff to park within the car parks. Permits provide staff with access to the car parking facilities - they do not guarantee a space. It is not possible to provide every member of staff based at BioQuarter with a permit to park.

Only annual permits are available and these cost £250.

If you wish to apply for a permit you should be aware that the University operates a needs based permit allocation system to ensure that those with the greatest need to park are given priority. Applicants answer a series of questions to ascertain their need for a permit. The agreed criteria contain six principles. They are (in order of importance):

  • Mobility
  • Essential business use / Unsocial hours
  • Equality and diversity
  • Lack of suitable alternatives to the car
  • Distance travelled from home to work / study
  • Membership of Tripshare

Points are allocated according to the answer provided. Based on the capacity of the car parks and the number of applicants, a points threshold is determined. Applicants with points at or above the threshold will be offered a permit.

How to apply for a permit

  • To use the system visit and select 'login with EASE'. Enter your EASE password if you already have one. If you do not have an EASE password then select 'Need help registering with EASE?'
  • The parking permit application can be found under the 'Services' tab
  • Select 'Apply for a permit now'
  • Select 'Permit Application' on the menu screen
  • Select Permit Type 'Staff A - Little France' Select 'Permit Period' and click on 'Apply Here'
  • Complete the form, ensuring that all mandatory fields are completed
  • Please note that up to 3 vehicles may be registered on a single permit. However only ONE vehicle may be parked at any one time and the permit must be on display
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions, tick to confirm that you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions and Confirm your application
  • Your application will then be sent to the Transport and Parking Office for processing
  • If you are successful, you will be contacted by the Office and asked to accept your offer of a permit and make the necessary payment
  • If you are unsuccessful you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision.

Staff without PC access: If you do not have direct access to a PC or the ability to login to MyEd please contact the Transport and Parking Office on 0131 650 9101 to obtain a paper copy of our application form.

Visitor parking

There is very limited space for visitor parking. Please advise your visitors that if they need to park they should provide you with advance notice in order to be able to park in the Chancellor's Building or QMRI car parks using a "floating" permit, if available. Cars without permits cannot be accommodated in these car parks and therefore visitors will have no alternative but to use the Hospital's main visitor car parks, make use of the good Public Transport service or Taxi.

Parking charges for public car parks A, B & C start at £1.30 for the first hour rising to £7 for over 6 hours. Pay at Pay Station before leaving.