Finding accommodation in Edinburgh
Guidance for students looking for accommodation for the next academic year.
We understand that finding a place to live in Edinburgh can be a challenge, particularly when you’re trying to find the right location to make your commute to and from University as easy as possible.
Check out our tips and guidance on what you should consider when looking for a place to live in the city.
Where to live
While areas such as Marchmont are ideal if you’re looking to live within walking distance from our central area, if you broaden your search criteria, there are lots of alternative places across the city that have great commuting links to our campuses.
We’ve created a handy map of some of the areas our students live:
Our website also has information on how to travel to each of the University's main campuses using various transport options:
Each Edinburgh neighbourhood has different amenities, shops and attractions. Check out what each neighbourhood can offer on the Forever Edinburgh website:
Please bear in mind that some of these areas may be more costly to live in than others, so make sure to have a budget in mind before searching for rental properties.
University-managed student accommodation
Extra bedrooms in our University-managed accommodation are available for students returning to the University in September 2022, and you can apply using the link below:
How to find private accommodation
There are lots of companies offering private student accommodation across Edinburgh.
Useful websites if you’re looking to stay in accommodation built specifically for students are:
- Collegiate AC
- Fresh Student Living
- Unite Student Accommodation
- IQ Student Accommodation
- The Student Housing Company
- Homes for Students
- CRM Student Accommodation
- Student Castle
- Downing Students
- Nido Collection
- Student Roost
If you’re looking to rent a flat privately, you can view flats using a property search website:
Advice on renting a room or flat from a private landlord can be found on The Advice Place website:
Looking for a flatmate
Edinburgh University Students’ Association have set up a Flatshare website to help students looking for potential flatmates to share accommodation with.
On Flatshare, you can:
- Find flatmates
- Form a group of flatmates
- Advertise spare rooms including private and University rooms
- Advertise flats
Be aware of scams
When you’re looking for private accommodation, be aware that there will likely be some adverts on property search websites that could potentially be a scam.
The Advice Place has a checklist of things to consider to make sure you’re signing up for a legitimate rental property:
Help and support
We understand that trying to find accommodation for the next academic year can be stressful.
You can get independent advice on accommodation and tenancy via The Advice Place.
They can provide you with advice on where to search for accommodation, what to look for, how to save money and what scams and practices you should avoid.