Undergraduate study - 2025 entry
Edinburgh: Extraordinary futures await.

Extraordinary city

Scotland's inspiring capital will be the backdrop to your studies — an irresistible blend of history, natural beauty and modern city life.

Regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world, Edinburgh is large enough to offer something for everyone but small enough to feel like home. It is a modern, sophisticated and beautiful European city, with a diverse multicultural community and is ranked 6th best student city in Europe and 13th in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2025).

Known for its friendly people, its safe green environment and its compact size – Edinburgh is easy to get around – the city has a great social and cultural life, a busy sporting calendar and a rich history. Edinburgh is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and was the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

Edinburgh’s location is perfect for adventurers – there are few other places in the world with such diverse and readily accessible opportunities, from snowboarding to surfing. Scotland’s natural beauty is as little as a walk or bike ride away from the city limits – from the Pentland Hills to the south to the coastline along the Firth of Forth to the north.

Discover more about the City

Edinburgh's reputation and diversity, as well as the location in a vibrant city, were big draws for me. I loved how interconnected the University was with the wider city, from events and opportunities to just finding places to study and socialise.

Anna ManfordGraduate MA Italian and Politics

Student life in the city

Around 100,000 students call Edinburgh home, giving the city a unique buzz and ensuring you'll be in good company.

Edinburgh offers a wide range of entertainment, social activities, architectural beauty and open spaces. Get a sense of student life in Edinburgh from our students.

Hear what our students really think about Edinburgh

Find out what they love about living here and their favourite areas of Edinburgh as they answer FAQs from applicants and offer holders.

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Are you going to be in town?

Our Campus visit student-led tour is ideal for visitors to the city who want to find out more about student life and our campuses.

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