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36 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9FE

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5 West Park Place Edinburgh EH11 2EE

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348 West Granton Road Edinburgh, EH5 1QE

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162 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, EH11 1FH

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224 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3BE

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61-63 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AA

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About Edinburgh

With 43% of its student population being international, Edinburgh has the highest percentage of international students of any major city in the UK. This is due to the city's excellent educational reputation as well as its slightly low cost of living. Here is a breakdown of the proportion of international students by level of study in Edinburgh:

  • Undergraduate: 34%

  • Postgraduate: 47%

  • Research: 54%

Four world-class universities are located in the city, including the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, and Queen Margaret University, contributing to its excellent higher education reputation.

Popular Student Accommodation Areas in Edinburgh

Popular Edinburgh areas among university students are Marchmont, Tollcross, and Haymarket. There are a few things to keep in mind while searching for the perfect student area to stay in, including transportation, cost, and amenities.

1. Students living in Edinburgh’s Marchmont will be near the University of Edinburgh,

and purpose-built accommodation would cost around £180–£250/week.

  • Travel time from Marchmont to the City Centre by different modes of transportation:

  • Bus - 15-25 minutes

  • Taxi - 10-15 minutes

  • Walking - 45-60 minutes

2. Students living in Tollcross would pay approximately £160–£220/week.

Nearby universities include the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University.

  • Travel time from Tollcross to the City Centre by different modes of transportation:

  • Bus - 15-25 minutes

  • Taxi - 10-15 minutes

  • Walking - 45-60 minutes

3. Students living in Haymarket purpose-built student accommodation would pay around £160–£220/week. This area includes Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University.

  • Travel time from Haymarket to the City Centre by different modes of transportation:

  • Bus - 5-15 minutes

  • Tram 5-10 minutes

  • Taxi - 5-10 minutes

  • Walking - 30-45 minutes

Best Student Accommodation in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has various student room options, and students can explore different areas near their universities and budgets in Edinburgh. 

Popular student housing in Edinburgh that provide almost every room type are Edinburgh College Residence, Westfield, Gorgie, Silk Mill, The Mont, and IQ Grove.

Discover Student Room Types in Edinburgh (Approx. £200 – £1200/ month)

The purpose-built student accommodation in Edinburgh typically includes a variety of amenities included in the bills; it varies according to the provider's terms and conditions. But broadly, we suggest a student should consider budget, needs, and preferences while making decisions. 

Here, we have categorised the room types given below based on preference and budget to help you in your decision-making.

Type 1: Affordable student rooms in Edinburgh: 

These cost around £140–£220 per week on average and are recommended for students who are comfortable sharing space. Typically, such properties are houses or apartments. 

  • Shared room

    • Amenities: Self-contained apartment with multiple bedrooms, shared bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £370 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £350 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £300/ month

  • Triple/ Quadruple rooms

    • Amenities: Private bedroom, Shared bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £220 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £200 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £200/ month

  • Entire place

    • Amenities: Private bedroom, Shared bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £700 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £600 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £600/ month

Type 2: Affordable student rooms in Edinburgh with privacy: These rooms cost around £200–£400 per month. 

  • Student Single Room

    • Amenities: Private bedroom, Shared bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £400 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £350 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £320/ month

    • Recommended student single rooms are The Bridge House and  Iona Street.

  • Student Shared Flats

    • Amenities: Private Bedroom in a shared house or flat, shared bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £400 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £333 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £350/ month

    • Recommended student-shared flats include Thistle St. Apartments.

  • Student Twin Rooms

    • Amenities: One room with 2 single beds, Shared bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £400 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £350 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £375/ month

  • Student Double Room

    • Amenities: One bedroom with double bed, shared bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £350 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £320 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £340/ month

Room Type 3: Edinburgh student rooms with privacy, quiet space, and near the City Centre cost around  £200- £500 per month. 

  • Edinburgh Student Flats 

  • Edinburgh Student En-Suite Rooms 

    • Amenities: Single bedroom, Private bathroom, shared kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £500 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £450 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £500/ month

    • Browse through students' en-suits in Edinburgh, such as Portsburgh Court Roost, New Park, and iQ Fountainbridge.

  • Edinburgh Student Studios

    • Amenities: private bedroom, Private bathroom, private kitchen

    • Marchmont avg. Rent: £550 / month

    • Tollcross avg. Rent: £450 / month

    • Haymarket avg. Rent: £450/ month

    • Popular student studios are Panmure Court Roost and Huxley Studios.

Room Type 4: Students who prefer amenities over budget

Student Penthouse in Edinburgh costs around  £500–£1,200 per month.

These are suitable for students who prefer to have private bedrooms, a private balcony, a terrace, privacy, spacious rooms, and a top floor that is more over budget.

International students in Edinburgh, UK also search for:

1 Bedroom Private Let2 Bedroom Apartment3 Bedroom Apartment4 bedroom + Apartment
One bedroom apartment in EdinburghVery spacious apartment with two bedroomsBeautiful 3Bed Pitt St. Apartment - FREE ParkingLovely 4 Bedroom Apartment with 8 Separate Beds
Spacious one-bedroom apartment in Edinburgh’s eclectic West EndSpacious two-bedroom apartment in Edinburgh’s eclectic West EndStunning 3 BDR Apartment, 5 Min from HaymarketSensational 4 bedroom Apartment in Summerside Place
Charming one bedroom apartment near Edinburgh Castle !2 BR modern apartment in the heart of EdinburghLovely 3 bed House - Private parking
Amazing one bedroom apartment with Edinburgh Castle View!Delightful 2 bedroom apartment in Leith

Cost of Living in Edinburgh for Students (Approx. £240 – £700)

It varies depending on students’ lifestyle choices, but overall, apart from your Edinburgh student accommodation rent, other expenses cannot be ignored. We have suggestions to help you save money while living in Edinburgh as a student:

  • Food: £100–£250/month on average. 

    • We suggest buying groceries that cost around £100/month and cooking your own meals. 

    • Shop from grocery stores such as Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Aldi, and Lidl. They have some specific days for students' discounts.

  • Transportation: £20-£52/month on average

    • Get a Lothian Ridacard for £57 per month and get unlimited travel on buses and trams.

    • Rent a bicycle from Edinburgh Cycle Hire worth £10-£15 per day for a daily commute.

    • Rent electric bikes and folding bikes for £20 per day from private companies for weekend commutes.

    • University bike schemes: Some universities, such as the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University, offer their students discounted bikes.

    • Buy a new bike for £200, easily available for students, which is equal to one month's rent and will benefit you for the entire year.

  • Kitchen Essentials: Market worth around £120-£250. 

    • Some properties do not provide utensils in that case, student can check online where some websites provide student at discounted prices from market prices.

    • Former students generally leave their kitchen essentials on the property while leaving the city due to airport luggage weight restrictions. You can find someone in your friends circle and reuse the stuff.

  • Bedding Essentials: Market worth around £80. 

    • Only a few providers provide bedding packs to their tenants included in bills or as an offer. Otherwise, after move-in, students have to buy on their own.

    • Former students generally leave their bedding essentials on the property while leaving the city due to airport luggage weight restrictions. You can find someone in your friends circle and reuse the stuff.

  • Bathroom Essentials: Market worth around £30

    • Some properties do not provide bathroom essentials in that case, student can check online where some websites provide at discounted prices from market prices.

  • Cleaning Essentials: Market worth around £40

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these answers to common questions and go to Help Centre for more details.

When should I book my accommodation for the September intake?


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If you are selected for the September intake, you may begin your search for accommodation between January and March or preferably around six months before your intake. 

Booking early comes with a range of benefits. You can:
  • Gain access to an extensive range of options
  • Find affordable rooms in prime locations
  • Get a chance to enjoy the perks of early bird offer
As the intake date approaches, the demand rises and property prices skyrocket. Therefore, it is highly recommended to book early to secure your preferred accommodation at a reasonable price

Can you suggest any Edinburgh student residences which are pet-friendly?

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Some providers in Edinburgh offer pet-friendly room options for students, such as Student Living and Student Luxe. 

We suggest speaking with our accommodation experts to check with pet policy before you sign a lease.

Here is the list of some properties that are pet friendly:-

  1. PBSA

        2. Private Let

Are there short-term stays in Edinburgh?


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Some providers offer short-term stays in Edinburgh. However, you should check the availability of your student accommodation of choice during your desired period. You can also refer to a Casita accommodation expert to help you find accommodation that accepts short-term stays.


Are pet-friendly student accommodations more expensive than non-pet-friendly accommodations?


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Yes, there are some monthly additional charges called:

  • Pet deposit: Refundable fees, usually around £250, that cover any damage caused by the pet.

  • Pet Rent: Non-refundable monthly charges of around £50 for cleaning, maintenance, and pet-related amenities.

How do I pay for my student room in Edinburgh?

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You pay via net banking or through your debit card. We also have our own payment portal at Casita, where we can assist you with the entire payment process.


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