Living in Edinburgh


Edinburgh, with a population of half a million people, and an unusually large and diverse student population (over 62,000 students study in Edinburgh) offers community, variety and a wealth of activities to recommend it as a popular place in which to live and study.

Edinburgh's historical centre, castle, elegant suburbs, parks and gardens combine well with contemporary, modern development. Its east coast location means you can easily choose to be by the sea or walking or skiing in the Pentland Hills.

Our campus is situated to the south of the city as part of the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings Campus, which hosts multiple bars and libraries and has direct bus links straight to and from the city centre.


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Accommodation options

Accommodation details are sent to all students receiving an offer.

In recent years many providers have established residences across the city. Students can apply for accommodation at any time, and you don't need to wait until you have a confirmed place at SRUC. The application process is online via the providers own website: 

Travel to our King's Buildings campus from all of the accommodation locations is straightforward as all are centrally located and buses in Edinburgh are regular and reliable. The properties offer rooms with shared bathrooms, en-suite rooms and studios. Included in the price are all utility bills, in-room internet access, and basic contents insurance.

Alternatively, many students choose to rent accommodation within the city's private rental sector. Edinburgh has a large student population and a large rental market, so finding a room to rent as part of a flat-share, or even a flat to rent alone, is rarely a problem.

If you have your own transport, you can also book nightly accommodation at SRUC's Oatridge Campus which is a 45 minute drive from SRUC Edinburgh.

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