Edinburgh: An inspiring city
Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.
It's one of the world's great cities, cosmopolitan and friendly, at the heart of the country's political scene, with a social and environmental conscience and visually, is simply stunning.
Climb to the top of one of Edinburgh's hills and savour a view that has enchanted and inspired generations of thinkers, innovators and inventors - for centuries Edinburgh has been at the centre of discovery and learning.
Walk cobbled streets and discover historic corners. Then find yourself in the midst of modern technology and discovery, in a city that embraces fresh thinking and is an incubator for groundbreaking business and ideas.
Living in Edinburgh means being part of a vibrant city which combines old and new, nature and architecture, art, culture, science and study, with a dynamic outlook that builds on its impressive past.
You can't fail to be stimulated and inspired by Edinburgh. Discover more of what is in and around our Edinburgh campus.
A place to live, study, explore
Students make up one fifth of Edinburgh's population, and there are plenty of amenities, attractions and opportunities, catering for diverse interests and tastes.
In the QS Best Student Cities ranking, Edinburgh was ranked 18th in the world and 2nd in the UK.
There's a wide range of live music in local pubs to major venues, an exciting club scene – you'll find something on every night – and there are hundreds of cafes and bars for socialising.
From shopping to sport, theatres and art galleries to a rich historic heritage, Edinburgh is big enough to feel like a capital city yet compact enough to feel like home.
Famous for festivals, Edinburgh attracts 1.4 million visitors to the city each year to its variety of festivals devoted to art, culture, film, books, music, science, history and politics.
Edinburgh attractions are varied, from museums to the world-class zoo, historic monuments – like Edinburgh Castle – to its beautiful hills and beaches.
Everywhere you look in Edinburgh is picture perfect. Pretty mews lanes and eerie Old Town closes are matched by grand Georgian townhouses and impressive Victorian galleries – every corner offers something different.
The city also houses some striking modern architecture including the Scottish Parliament Building and the National Museum of Scotland.
It's no surprise that Edinburgh is an award winning city: Edinburgh was named 4th most beautiful city in the world by the Rough Guide (2015). In the QS Best Student Cities ranking (2017), Edinburgh was ranked 18th in the world and 2nd in the UK. QS stated "Notably, 39% of students at ranked universities in Edinburgh are international, providing a diverse and inclusive atmosphere."
The capital of Scotland is a great place to live and study, with a wide range of theatres, galleries, clubs and shops to explore, not to mention the plethora of arty bars and cafes.