Transport & Parking


UniCycles is the University of Edinburgh’s student e-bike hire scheme

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All our bikes have now been allocated for Semester 2 in 2022/23.

Fill out the form below to be informed if one becomes available.

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Students living at either Pollock Halls or Pentland House are invited to join UniCycles - the hassle-free and affordable way to start enjoying the convenience of cycling in Edinburgh.

UniCycles is funded by City of Edinburgh Council and supported by SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund

We have only 50 electric bikes available to hire, so you will need sign up quickly if you want to secure yourself one.

How it works

  1. You pay a £50 deposit when you sign up. There is no cost to use the scheme - your deposit will be refunded when you return the bike.
  2. You get your own electric bike to use for the whole of Semester 1. You will be able renew for Semester 2 if you like, or return the bike if you are only here for one semster.
  3. There are charging points located in an allocated bike store at Pollock Halls and Pentland House where you can recharge the battery.
  4. If you have any mechanical problems, we have a maintenance provider who you can contact to get support. We also have cycle training opportunities and will organise led rides if you feel you need a bit of support to gain some cycling confidence.
  5. That's it! You can use the bike for commuting, running errands, or for leisure - whatever you fancy.
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The bike

The bikes are electric bikes made by British bicycle manufacturer Pashley. They have an electric motor system that provides assistance when you pedal. They were previously used in the Edinburgh City Cycle Hire scheme, and have undergone a comprehensive service.

Each bike has a widely adjustable seat tube, and is suitable for a wide range of heights.

How to join

UniCycles is strictly for students living at Pollock Halls of Residence or Pentland House. We are sorry if this means you cannot take part.

With only 50 bikes available,  you need to act quickly if you want to hire one of our fantastic bikes.

Step 1

We strongly recommend you read the UniCycles Hire Agreement before you join. You will be asked to sign the Hire Agreement when you collect your bike.

Step 2

We have a limited stock of the bikes. To secure a bike you should pay your deposit using ePay, the University of Edinburgh's online shop. Add the deposit to your basket, then check out.


Please note you may only pay by credit or debit card. The following cards are accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Maestro and American Express.

Collecting your bike

Your bike will be available to collect from your Halls of Residence at specified collection times from the 21st of September onwards. You will also sign your hire agreement at the same time. We will email you with information on exactly when and where to collect your bike.

User Guides

Please see below for links to the scheme user guides:


Please contact us with any questions or issues regarding this scheme at

Cycle Training

We want you to feel happy and confident cycling in Edinburgh, so we are offering practical on-road training at various times in the first few weeks of the semester.

More information on our cycle training is available here.