Scotland's inspiring capital will be the backdrop to your studies — an irresistible blend of history, natural beauty and modern city life.
Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic city which has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Large enough to offer something for everyone, but small enough to feel like home, Edinburgh is a modern, sophisticated and beautiful European city with a diverse, multicultural community.
Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, our city mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment. It offers an exciting array of entertainment, history, culture and sport, with the lush Scottish countryside and coastline just a few miles away. It is a safe and prosperous city, with an abundance of parks and green spaces for recreation and reflection.
The city centre also plays host to a carnival atmosphere every August, when the world-famous Edinburgh Festival takes over the town.
I knew I had to attend a university that was surrounded by fantastic entertainment, energetic nightlife, and an unrivalled character. Edinburgh was the place for me.”
Student life in the city
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.
Around 100,000 students call Edinburgh home, giving the city a unique buzz and ensuring you'll be in good company.
Our photo gallery features images from our University archives and also student photography to give you an idea of what our beatiful city has to offer.
I love living in Edinburgh. It is a beautiful city with so much going on. it's a great place to be a student!