New Students

Explore University accommodation

Find the right University accommodation for you and find out what support will be available to you during your stay.

We have different halls of residence for undergraduate students and postgraduate students. We also offer individual flats and accommodation for families and couples.

Search for accommodation (University Accommodation, Catering and Events website)

Health, safety and support in University accommodation

We want you to settle into your new home within University accommodation, safe in the knowledge that our usual health and hygiene procedures have been further enhanced to protect against Covid-19.

We also want you to know what support is available to you as a resident in our accommodation.

Health, safety and support in University accommodation

Halls of residence

University Accommodation Grounds

Most of our accommodation is in the form of entire buildings of flats, called 'residences' or 'halls of residence'. 

The layout of our residences include five-person flats, single rooms, shared rooms and corridors with common rooms.

All of our halls of residence sites have at a minimum:

  • fortnightly cleaning service of communal areas
  • wireless internet with outlets for wired connection
  • coin-operated laundry facilities
  • a Residence Life team (comprised of older University students) who provide social support and encourage socialising among the new student residents

Residence Life (University Accommodation, Catering and Events website)

Catered or self-catered


All our postgraduate accommodation is self-catered and kitchen facilities are available in all locations.


When looking at university accommodation, another aspect to consider is choosing between catered halls, which will have a dining room available for you to eat pre-cooked meals in or self-catered halls which contain kitchens where you can cook your own food.

It is important to note that there is a substantial difference in the accommodation fees for catered versus self-catered accommodation.

Accommodation for families and couples

Walking in the Meadows with family

We own a number of individual flats which are suitable for accommodating couples and families.

However, these flats are very limited and securing a flat is not guaranteed. Offers are made on a first-come, first-served basis; and only once you have an Unconditional Firm offer to study at the University of Edinburgh. 

Families and couples resident guide (University Accommodation, Catering and Events website)

Individual flats

The University also owns a limited number of individual flats across the city; these can be found on the Accommodation, Catering and Events website.

Search for accommodation (University Accommodation, Catering and Events website) 

Accessible accommodation

If you need specific information about accessibility facilities available within University accommodation, please get in touch with the allocations division as early as possible to discuss with a member of staff.

Accessible accommodation information