Student Living in Edinburgh

Whether you’re new to the City, or a born and bred Edinburger, there is always loads to do and see. We’ve put together some of our favourites for you. Keep your eye on it, we’ll change it whenever something new and exciting comes up. If you see anything you like that should be here – give us a shout, we’ll add it to the list so you can share the love.

Edinburgh is made up of several areas – some of which have a great “village” atmosphere and are worth checking out.

Stockbridge

Great for wee independent shops selling all sorts, from clothing boutiques and bespoke jewellery to artisan “foodie” shops and cafes. There’s also a great Farmers market on a Sunday.

Stockbridgel Edinburgh

Leith (“The Shore”)

Historically the Port of Edinburgh, Leith is now best known for its range of fantastic restaurants including two Michelin star restaurants The Kitchin and Martin Wisharts. There’s also an abundance of trendy bars and cafes. Go down on a warm sunny day and it’ll be mobbed with people sitting outside basking in the all too rare Scottish sun!

Leith - The Shore

Princess Street and George Street

Wander along these two streets and make a dent in your student loan! Edinburgh is famous for its shopping and you’ll find everything you need, from Primark to Harvey Nichols. There are excellentbars, restaurants and hotels dotted in between for when you need a rest.

Princes Street

The Grassmarket and Canongate

Steeped in Edinburgh’s greatest history, the Old Town attracts visitors from all over the globe. The famous Royal Mile houses some of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh, with the Castle sitting nicely at the top, and Holyrood Palace at the bottom. It houses some of Edinburgh’s oldest and most traditional pubs. A midnight ghost tour is also a must, but not if you scare easy!

The Grassmarket

Meadows

One of the largest public parks in the City Centre, and is plonked right between Edinburgh University’s main campus at George Square, and the sought after residential area of Marchmont. In the summer months, it’s filled with folk picnicking, frisbeeing and generally chillaxing. The Meadows Marathon is a non-profit annual charity Marathon, Half Marathon and five km fun run. It takes place annually in The Meadows on the first Sunday in March.

The Meadows

Edinburgh Festivals

There are lots of different festivals running Edinburgh throughout the summer. The main ones are the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. These run throughout the month of August. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the now the largest of all the festivals held in the City, and indeed the largest arts festival in the world. Includes theatre, comedy, music, musicals, dance and children's shows. Never a dull moment and well worth a visit to see the City come alive!

Edinburgh Festival

Banks

Banking Services Edinburgh

The Royal Bank Of Scotland PLC

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1 Chesser Ave Edinburgh

0131 443 8844

Bank of Scotland

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0 Bankhead Ave Edinburgh

0131 465 2614

Lloyds TSB (Scotland) PLC

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174-176 Gorgie Rd Edinburgh

0845 300 0000

Cafes

Cafes

Lunch Break

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548 Gorgie Rd Edinburgh

0131 261 6379

Baguette Express

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222 Gorgie Rd Edinburgh Haymarket, Edinburgh

0131 346 0080

Cafe Kleofas

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342 Gorgie Rd Edinburgh

07595 022666

7 Brothers Cafe

195 Gorgie Rd Edinburgh EH11 1TT

Cinemas

Cinema

Cineworld Cinemas

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Fountain Park 130/3 Dundee St, Edinburgh

0871 200 2000

Odeon Cinema

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118 Lothian Rd Edinburgh

0871 224 4007

Filmhouse Cinema

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88 Lothian Rd Edinburgh

0131 228 2688

Cameo Cinema

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38 Home St Edinburgh

0871 902 5723

Dentists

Dentists

Gorgie Road Dental Practice

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296 Gorgie Road, EH11 2PP

Doctors

Doctors

Springwell Medical Centre

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39 Ardmillan Terrace, EH11 2AL

Slateford Medical Centre

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27 Gorgie Park Close, EH14 1NQ

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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51 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh

0131 536 1000

Police

Police

Corstorphine Police Station

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28 Meadowplace Road, Edinburgh

0131 311 3131

St. Leonards Police Station

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14 St. Leonard's Street Edinburgh

0131 662 5000

Travel

Travel - Train

Edinburgh Haymarket Station

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Haymarket, EH12 5EY

Edinburgh Haymarket Station

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18 Northbridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1BB

Edinburgh Airport

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Edinburgh, EH12 9DN

Lothian Bus Shop

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1 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1BQ

Supermarkets

Supermarket

Asda

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3 New Mart Road, EH14 1RJ

Sainsburgh

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Inglis Green, EH14 2ER

Aldi

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100 Gorgie Park Road, EH11 2QL

Lidl

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West End Place, EH11 2EF

Universities

University

Edinburgh Napier University - Craiglockhart Campus

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219 Colinton Rd Edinburgh

0845 260 6040

Heriot-Watt University

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Research Avenue North, Edinburgh

0131 449 5111

The University of Edinburgh

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Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh

0131 650 1000

Corstorphine Police Station

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28 Meadowplace Road, Edinburgh

0131 311 3131