The Best Places to Live in Edinburgh

Moving to Edinburgh for university soon?

If you’re starting your studies in the capital, you’ll be spoilt for choice on the best places to live in the city. From the suburban vibes of Morningside to the popular streets in Marchmont, there are plenty of trendy spots to call home.

Here are the best places for student accommodation in Edinburgh.

New Town

Student Accommodation in New Town

Prices start from: £139pppw

House sizes: 1-5 bedrooms (usually flats)

Best for: Being in the centre of the action

Found slap-bang in the middle of the city, student homes in New Town are centrally located for exploring everything Edinburgh has to offer. Foodies will be right at home with the abundance of bistros, artisan bakehouses and quirky independent coffee shops. Plus, some of the best nightlife in Edinburgh is right on your doorstep, with the likes of Panda & Sons and Jolly Judge hidden between the leafy streets.

New Town is relatively expensive when it comes to living nearby, but it makes up for it with the easy access to the city. The University of Edinburgh is within walking distance, and the giant parklands of Holyrood Park are just as close. All in all, setting up camp in New Town is well worth the extra rent.

Marchmont

Student Accommodation in Marchmont

Prices start from: £105pppw

House sizes: 3+ bedrooms

Best for: Living in the middle of Edinburgh’s student suburbs

Marchmont has a reputation for being one of Edinburgh’s most popular student neighbourhoods. Student homes here are sought-after every single year, and a vibrant student community has developed in the neighbourhood. 

The University of Edinburgh’s campus is just a short stroll away via the Meadows’ leafy trails, so getting to uni won’t be a challenge. Plus, the city centre is within walking distance – so residents have easy access to Edinburgh’s nightlife. If Marchmont sounds up your street, then you’ll have plenty of student homes to discover.

Newington

Student Accommodation in Newington

Prices start from: £115pppw

House sizes: 1-5 bedrooms

Best for: Living super close to campus and the city’s nightlife

Home to the University of Edinburgh, there’s no wonder why students love the streets of Newington. With copious amounts of independent coffee shops, vintage shops and legendary nightclubs like the Big Cheese nearby, the area is jam-packed with student essentials.

Sandwiched between the Meadows and Holyrood Park, residents have a huge amount of parkland on their doorstep – perfect for a BBQ in the summer months. The city centre is within walking distance too, so you’ll never be at a loose end.

Tollcross

Student Accommodation in Tollcross

Prices start from: £120pppw

House sizes: 3+ bedrooms

Best for: Being close to student amenities and Edinburgh’s retail scene

Student homes in Tollcross are close to an incredible retail scene. Big-name restaurants, useful supermarkets and independent cafes are found around every corner, so you’ll never have to go far for a quick stock-up.

Tollcross is unbelievably close to some of Edinburgh’s main attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, and the University of Edinburgh is a short walk away. On the whole, Tollcross is ideal for students who want all of the essentials on their doorstep.

Morningside

Student Accommodation in Morningside

Prices start from: £105pppw

House sizes: 2-6 bedrooms

Best for: Affordable, residential, suburban living 

Student homes in Morningside are perfect for second or third-year students looking for a quieter neighbourhood to live while they study. The area has some incredibly friendly community vibes, so you’ll feel right at home straight away. Morningside is home to some of Edinburgh’s finest eateries, including Nonna’s Kitchen and Roundsquare Roastery Coffee House.

Edinburgh Napier University is easily accessible by public transport too, so ENU students aren’t far from campus. Plus, Morningside Road is crammed with independent spots to discover, including the popular Dominion Cinema.

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