New Students

Early arrival in Edinburgh

If you do decide to arrive earlier than your accommodation contract's start date, it's important to be aware that it can be difficult and expensive to find short-term accommodation.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and Hogmanay (New Year) in January are very busy periods in Edinburgh. If you do want to arrive in Edinburgh prior to your lease start dates, you should try to book temporary accommodation as early as possible to avoid extra expense.

Edinburgh in the Fringe

It can be difficult to find long-term accommodation before you arrive in Edinburgh. You should arrange temporary accommodation so that you have somewhere to stay when you first arrive in Edinburgh if this is earlier than your contract start date.   

  • You can find useful information about temporary accommodation in Edinburgh from Accommodation Services.

More information on Accommodation Services about temporary accommodation in Edinburgh

  • Look at the following websites for B&B, hotel and budget hostel-style accommodation in Edinburgh. Please note that these links will direct you outside of the University of Edinburgh's website: