A small minority of students choose to purchase a flat or house in Edinburgh as accommodation during their studies.
For students who can afford it (or are lucky enough to have a very generous family or friend), buying a property in Edinburgh can make sense if their course of study is set to last a few years.
The housing market in Edinburgh is relatively stable, and buying a property for a few years can make for a worthwhile investment. In 2015 the property comparison website Zoopla named Edinburgh as the best investment in the UK for buy-to-let property.
The University has some brief information on purchasing property in Edinburgh.