Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Sustainable transport in Edinburgh

Right now, most staff and students who come to the University do so on foot, by bike or on public transport – those are the most sustainable ways to get around. That’s great, but we want to help even more people to do this and to make it easier for those who already do.

Managed by the Transport Office of Estates, the University provides support for those who want to cycle or take public transport to get to their work or studies.

Citywide cycle hire scheme

The University has supported Edinburgh City Council to develop a new cycle hire scheme for our city.

Due to launch in September 2018, bikes will be available in locations around the University - including George Square, Bristo Square and King’s Buildings – and across the city centre.

Bike hire scheme wheels onto campus

Support for new and experienced cyclists

Nearly 12% of the University of Edinburgh population travel by bike to their place of work or study. The University provides a range of facilities and incentives to encourage staff and students to cycle. A number of resources are available to plan your journey by bike to, from and at the University.

Cycling at the University 

Getting around by public transport

The University encourages staff, students and visitors to use public transport whenever possible. You can travel to, from and within Edinburgh by bus, train and coach. 

The University also provides staff with an interest-free transport loan for purchasing a bus or train season ticket which is then paid back in installments from your salary.

Public transport 

Interest free public transport loan