Information about University-managed accommodation and how to look into private accommodation. Tips on budgeting for bills and utilities and managing your council tax.
Please note: 'University accommodation' refers to any accommodation contracted under the University of Edinburgh Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE).
Apply for accommodation to begin the process of moving to Edinburgh. You will only be able to apply for University accommodation once you have accepted an offer (unconditional, conditional, or insurance) to study at the University of Edinburgh.
Every student living outside the City of Edinburgh is guaranteed a place to live in University-managed accommodation as long as you apply by the Accommodation Guarantee deadline. As soon as you have accepted an offer to study at The University of Edinburgh, you should apply for accommodation; this is regardless of whether your offer is Unconditional OR Conditional. Waiting until you have an Unconditional Offer may mean you miss our guarantee deadline.
If you are not covered by the accommodation guarantee you should still make an application to apply for University accommodation and you will be placed on the waiting list. We will contact you with an accommodation offer if we are able to do so. Even though places are limited, we successfully manage to offer accommodation to a number of students on the waiting list each year.
The Accommodation Allocation Team
If you have not been successful in your application and would still like to pursue staying in University accommodation, contact the University accommodation Allocation Team to ask about any last-minute changes in availability.
If you have already received an offer of accommodation and did not accept it, it is unlikely that you will be issued with a new offer.
Explore University-managed accommodation
Before you apply, you can take a look at what is on offer with University-managed accommodation and explore your options
Applications for accommodation should be made separately from any application to study at the University of Edinburgh.
When you can apply
The application process usually opens in March of each year for students looking to move in at the start of Semester 1 in September.
If you have accepted your offer, you can apply for University accommodation through MyEd up until the 16th August.
Preparations before arriving to accommodation
Before you arrive and move into your accommodation keep updated with key moving in communications and complete your accommodation induction.
After you have fully accepted your offer of University accommodation, you usually receive your contract and further communication via the email you used to apply with, however you should also regularly check your University email account – as often communications and offers will be sent to this address.
If you are not sure how to access your University email account, guidance can be found at the following link:
The email will provide you with details of a specific date to move into the accommodation that you have been allocated. This is the earliest date at which you can move in.
It is essential that you complete the induction before you arrive at your accommodation and check the accommodation website regularly for any updates.
Full details on ‘checking in’ (date and time allocation) and key collection can be found on the Accommodation channel in your MyEd or online.
Still got a question?
Please note that University-managed accommodation is managed separate to the University and if you have any question about your allocated accommodation, move-in times, contracts, payment details etc., please visit the Accommodation, Catering and Events website (ACE)
If you do not have a guarantee or wish to not live in University-managed accommodation, you will need to find your own accommodation.