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Edinburgh is renowned across the world for its beauty and history, and its position as Scotland’s capital city.

Home to around 100,000 students, it’s a diverse and welcoming place, full of history, green spaces and atmosphere. 

It’s also compact and with good transport links and infrastructure – trams, buses and cycle lanes – exploring the city is always an option for when you’re enjoying some time away from your studies. 

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The University has a variety of different accommodation on offer, from catered accommodation at Pollock Halls to single and en-suite double rooms in a number of locations across the city.

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Student life in Edinburgh

You’ll find lots of information on the University’s dedicated student life website, giving you an insight  into what it’s like to be a member of our student community.

Student living in Edinburgh
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Clubs, societies and activities

Open mic night

The Edinburgh College of Art Open Mic Night is a monthly event, which takes place at the college's music venue, the Wee Red Bar. The night features music from up-and-coming singer/songwriters from the Reid School of Music. There's also space for any visiting performers who want to join in on the night. 

Find out when the next Open Mic Night is on

Sports and exercise

Whether it's trying out a new class, spending time in the gym or working towards your next competition, the university has a range of sports facilities that will help you reach your goals.

Explore the university's classes and sports facilities


Joining a society is a great way to explore your interests, make friends and discover something new about yourself. The Students' Association has nearly 300 societies to choose from so there's plenty to get involved with throughout your time at university. 

Find out more about the societies on Edinburgh University Students' Association website.