If you are a full-time international student studying for more than one semester, you will need to arrange private rented accommodation. Please note that the criteria is slightly different from that of a UK student. If you don't have a UK-based guarantor (someone in the UK who can guarantee your rent) then the landlord or agency will ask for additional rent in advance (usually 6 months but can be up to the full length of the contract) to secure accommodation. Agents or landlords will also generally request two forms of identification and references from a previous landlord.

Exchange and one semester students

If you are only in Edinburgh for one semester, here are some options for finding short term accommodation:

  • On-campus accommodation through the University may be available for one semester depending on availability. Please email halls@hw.ac.uk for further information.
  • Private student accommodation providers in the city may be able to offer student accommodation for one semester or the full academic year depending on availability. City Room Rentals can advise on rooms availability and costs for all of the student housing providers in the city. They can be contacted on +44 (0)131 210 0050 or by emailing booking@cityroomrentals.co.uk. As this type of accommodation is like halls of residence this can be booked in advance without viewing and is a secure option for advanced bookings.
  • Student lodgings may have availability for one semester. These can be found by looking on www.studentpad.co.uk.

Arrive early

If you are looking for private rented accommodation you will need to arrive in Edinburgh a few weeks before the start of term to find a suitable property. Properties must be viewed before a lease agreement can be signed so you will need to arrange short term accommodation for when you arrive.

Short term accommodation in a hotel, B&B etc can be found at www.visitscotland.com or by contacting City Room Rentals on +44 (0)131 210 0050. The Marriott Courtyard Hotel is based on campus and can be booked for short term/nightly accommodation. For bookings please contact the reservations team: reservations@courtyardedinburghwest.com or call +44 (0)131 526 3210.