About Edinburgh

Vibrant, cosmopolitan and consistently voted one of the best cities in the world, Edinburgh is the perfect place to experience student life. It's big enough to have everything you need, yet small enough to feel like home. No matter where you're from, the Festival City is ready to welcome you.

A thriving student scene

With around 80,000 students, many of whom are international, Edinburgh is a city geared up for learning, but also for entertainment. Easy to get around, the city has a cafe culture complemented by great restaurants, pubs and clubs. Cinemas and theatres host everything from blockbuster movies to experimental drama, while sport is also popular. Home to professional clubs in football and rugby as well as amateur teams in a host of other sports, it is easy to get involved.

Culture round every corner

There is no escaping the history of Edinburgh, with the Old and New Towns forming a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site. As befits a capital city, its National museums and art galleries attract visitors from around the globe, keen to experience that famously friendly Scottish hospitality. The city is also a seat of government, with the Scottish Parliament situated next to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official Scottish residence.

The festival city

Every August, the city's population swells as the Edinburgh Festivals come to town. The original International Festival is joined by the world-famous Fringe and the Military Tattoo, while books and art are also celebrated. Throughout the year, there are also festivals devoted to film, science, music and dance.

I'm nomadic by nature and have been travelling my whole life ... Then I came to Edinburgh and within two days I'd rung home to New Zealand and said, 'I've found my home.'

Anna Fawcett, MSc International Marketing

Space to relax

Sometimes it's good to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and Edinburgh is blessed with lots of green spaces. From Arthur's Seat, the extinct volcano that dominates the skyline, to Princes Street Gardens beneath Edinburgh Castle and The Meadows near our Merchiston campus, a place to relax is never far away.

If your idea of relaxing involves something more active, Edinburgh and the surrounding area will not disappoint. The likes of golf and tennis can be found in the city centre, while there is hillwalking, sailing and mountain biking in the nearby Pentland Hills. Our students' association also offers a host of clubs and societies to make sure you get the most out of being in Edinburgh.

A place to prosper

History and culture is all very well but Edinburgh is also a city that is looking forward. The biggest financial centre in the UK outside London, the city boasts a wide range of employers. These include multinational corporations such as Standard Life and HBOS through to high-profile technology game-changers such as Rockstar North and Skyscanner.

The recent expansion of Edinburgh International Airport, building of the new Forth Crossing and investment in a multi-million-pound tram system show that Edinburgh is a city committed to preserving an illustrious past while building an exciting future.

SMEs are growing like I've never seen before. It's like a new Enlightenment for Edinburgh, especially in terms of innovations and enterprise

Professor Bill Buchanan, School of Computing