With four universities and over 100,000 students studying in the city, Edinburgh has plenty of private accommodation available to students.

Unfortunately, we can't arrange private accommodation on your behalf as flatmates/landlords prefer to meet prospective tenants before signing a Tenancy Agreement.

The shortest tenancy in private leased flats is 6 months.

Finding private rented accommodation

Useful websites to visit are:

Where to stay

Map of Edinburgh showing the best places for Heriot-Watt students to live

Map of Edinburgh showing the best places to live (click to enlarge)

The best places to stay are on the west of the city, in areas such as Haymarket, Dalry, Gorgie, Chesser, Slateford, Currie, Juniper Green and Balerno.

If you are using public transport to get the campus, then you should look for a property on the 25, 34 or 45 Lothian Buses routes.


You can expect to pay £300 - £400 per room or £500 - £600 for a 1 bedroom flat.

These prices do not include bills, so make sure you budget for these in addition to your rent. The cost of your bills will depend on the kind of property, type of heating and the type of windows. (If you'd prefer to pay for your accommodation and bills all together, you should consider private student-only accommodation, which usually includes all living costs in the same way as halls of residence.)

Finding a flatmate

There are several ways you can find a flatmate to help share the cost of living in a privately rented property:

There are several ways you can find a flatmate to help share the cost of living in a University leased flat:

More information

Download our Flats for rent guide to find out more about our private rented accommodation and to see a checklist of things you should consider when looking for a flat to rent.