You've applied - that's great! Here's where you'll find all you need to know about what to expect living with us in student accommodation and other useful information that will be helpful before you arrive.

Your Student Accommodation

What are the flats like?

Our flat developments are modern, purpose-built student accommodation, located in and around the city centre and within easy access to Edinburgh Napier University campuses.

Most flats have between four and eight people sharing (we also have four 9-bed flats) and include standard equipment such as smart TVs in all communal lounges, cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, ironing board, iron, vacuum cleaner and other standard cleaning equipment. The bedrooms include a ¾ double bed, desk, study chair, wardrobe and bookshelves.

For more information on what the flats are like, visit the individual site pages for Bainfield, Orwell Terrace and Slateford Road

What will be in my flat?

Your room:

  • 3/4 double bed
  • Desk and study chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Bookshelves
  • Pin board
  • Lamp

Communal spaces:

  • Smart TV (TV licence not included)
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Standard cleaning equipment

Please note, if you wish to bring any additional electrical equipment with you, such as smoothie makers, air fryers etc, we ask that these are PAT tested and that any kitchen equipment is only used in the kitchen for health and safety reasons. 

What should I bring?

  • Bedding and bed linen 
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery and utensils
  • Cookware (pots, pans etc.)
  • Towels
  • Toiletries and toilet roll
  • Towels
  • Hairdryer/shaver
  • Clocks and/or radios
  • Computer/laptop equipment

Students bringing portable electrical equipment into student accommodation must ensure it is in a good and safe working order. A UK adaptor should always be used. Students may be required to supply evidence to accommodation staff that any portable electric appliances brought into student accommodation are either less than one year old or have been Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) tested from a qualified electrical  inspector.

What can I not bring?

Please do not bring the following to your accommodation:

  • Chip pans or deep fat fryers
  • Rice or pressure cookers
  • Candles
  • Plug in fairy lights
  • portable washing or drying machines

Is there accommodation for couples or families?

Unfortunately we do not have accommodation available for families or couples. 

Will I have internet access?

Yes. You can access free WiFi from all our flats and social areas. Our internet provider is Wifinity.

Are there laundry facilities?

All sites have central laundry rooms, which incur an additional charge for usage. Costs are approximately £3.50 per wash and £2.00 per dry, but prices are subject to change. 

Our laundry contractor is WASHCOStudents don’t need to download an app or obtain a top up laundry card, as its contactless pay-as-you-go with a credit/debit card or mobile payment apps. Chip only cards will need to inserted into the payment device.

Students will also not need to provide their own laundry powder or detergent for the machines.

How do I get to campus from the accommodation sites?

We’ve compiled some helpful guides on this page to get you where you need to go on our website.

Where can I find information about things like reception hours, flat inspections and heating times?

Our student portal, My Napier, has full details of what to expect when you're living in Student Accommodation. Visit our Living with Us pages for information on reception hours, flat inspections, maintenance, heating times, lock-outs and lost keys and more. You'll also be able to download a digital flat manual for your site, which offers an in-depth look at facilities and procedures and explains how to use the oven and hob, shower and other equipment.

Can I bring my car?

There are no parking facilities at any of our sites except for students who have a blue badge. Parking permits for our campuses are also very limited, and Edinburgh Council does not issue local parking permits to students in living in accommodation.

For information on alternative ways to get around Edinburgh, including public transport and cycling, please visit the Getting to Campus pages of our student portal, My Napier.

Can I bring my bike?

Yes. All of our accommodation sites have communal bike stores. The University's sustainability office offers support and advice to students who cycle, including D-Locks, route maps, led cycles, reflective equipment and free bike maintenance workshops throughout the year. For more information on cycling to campus, please visit the Cycling to Campus pages of our student portal, My Napier.


The flats are managed by a dedicated team of accommodation staff including Accommodation Officers and Resident Assistants. Staff are trained to handle all aspects of tenancy management and provide support and guidance to students throughout the year.

Contact details of your Accommodation Officer and Resident Assistants will be displayed on the noticeboard of your flat and at all accommodation site receptions. You can also find contact details on the Our Team page.


We have a 24-hour security service. They can be contacted by phone on 0131 455 6119.

CCTV is installed at all sites and security patrols are carried out regularly 24 hours a day. Security will often be found at the accommodation sites during the evenings and weekends. 

Key Collection

How do I get my keys?

Key collection will take place at our individual sites where students have been allocated. Please remember to take a copy of your arrival pass with you and a form of photographic ID.

How do I get to my new flat?

Please note there is very limited parking close to the student accommodation sites, so please research travel and parking prior to arrival. We ask that you be considerate of our neighbours and do not park in residents' spaces or on pavements. Edinburgh Napier University will not take any responsibility for parking fines during key collection.

Arriving at your site

Once you have collected your key fob you’re free to move in to your new flat! If you are driving to the accommodation, we have arranged free parking at Fountain Park Leisure Centre between 9am and 7pm on Thursday 5 September to Saturday 7 September 2024 for students moving into accommodation. All you have to do is collect your ticket when entering the car park and DO NOT validate it. When exiting, press the buzzer at the barrier and state that you have been visiting Edinburgh Napier Student Accommodation.

The car park is just minutes away from our Bainfield and Orwell Terrace Accommodation sites. If you’re staying at Slateford Road, we’ve arranged for a free shuttle bus to take you to your accommodation from Fountainpark Leisure Centre on Thursday 5 September from 9am to 6pm.

Remember, there is no parking available directly at any of our sites. Please be considerate of our neighbours and do not park in residents’ spaces or on pavements. Edinburgh Napier University cannot take any responsibility for parking fines during key collection.

Your flat will be ready for your arrival and staff will be on-site to assist you if you have any queries or concerns. Please don't be afraid to ask questions - our contact numbers are on the noticeboard in your kitchen and we’re here to help.


Can I move in early?

In order to ensure that your new home meets a high standard, our staff will be busy preparing and cleaning every room up until the day before you arrive. This, unfortunately, means that you will be unable to move in prior to the official move-in date. 

Can I transfer from one flat to another?

If we have availability and you would like to move from one accommodation site to another there will be a £30 admin charge. All transfer requests should be made in writing to your Accommodation Officer. Transfers will only be considered after 10 October unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Can I move to private accommodation before the end of my tenancy agreement?

No, you will not be released from your tenancy agreement early in order to look for accommodation within the private sector unless you find a suitable replacement student, approved by your Accommodation Officer, to take over your tenancy.

Withdrawing an application

What happens if I decided to terminate my tenancy after signing?

Before you arrive, you have a 7 day cooling off period after electronically signing your tenancy agreement. However, if your visa has been refused or if you have excelled in your exam results and have been made an offer to another university, we will be able to release you from the tenancy agreement as long as we are made aware prior to key collection. If your visa is still under consideration after key collection but before the last date of matriculation, we can work with you to offer an extension if we receive regular updates.

After you arrive in your accommodation you will not be released from your tenancy agreement unless you are leaving university or have found a suitable replacement student to take over your tenancy agreement who has been approved by your Accommodation Officer. 

Early Termination – Leaving the University

If you have decided to leave the university, your course and therefore your student accommodation, please refer to Section 25 of the Tenancy Agreement:

  1. It is the student's responsibility to ensure a tutor written (email) confirmation has been received by their Accommodation Officer (details on the kitchen noticeboard) stating the fact the student has left their Course/University.
  2. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the "request to terminate tenancy" document is completed and returned to their Accommodation Officer

Only once both essential requirements have been met will your Accommodation Officer approve your Early Termination request due to Leaving University. At this point your 28-day notice period will start, during which time your recurring card payment will remain active and rental payments will be deducted. You will be charged a £50 early termination fee. Only once the notice period has been complete will our finance team cancel your recurring card payment and arrange a refund if applicable. This can take 3-5 days to be processed.

Finding a replacement student to take over your tenancy agreement.

The student taking over your tenancy must be in the same circumstances as yourself, for example a Postgraduate/Undergraduate student, same gender, similar age bracket and have no debt or behavioural concerns if they have stayed in our accommodation previously.

Your Accommodation Officer must approve the possible replacement. They will then reach out to the replacement student to allow them to accept the offer and complete the application process. Only once this has been completed can we agree with the current and potential replacement student a transfer tenancy date. The current student will only be released from the liability of their tenancy agreement once the replacement student has moved into the student accommodation for a 4-hour duration. If the replacement student changes their mind during any part of this process the liability will remain with the current student.

Please note students will not be release from tenancy agreement for any reasons not stated above. However, if the student has extenuating circumstances we would recommend they contact their Accommodation Officer to discuss the situation.

Contents Insurance

Your contents are covered.

By partnering with Endsleigh, the No.1 student insurance provider, we've arranged contents insurance for all our students staying with us in our residence at no cost to you. It is important all students confirm their cover to ensure you understand what is and isn't covered.

You can do this by downloading the MyEndsleigh app and registering.

Visit MyEndsleigh to:

  • View what is and what is not covered
  • Get claims support
  • Personalise cover
  • Access wellbeing support
Visit theEndsleigh website for more information.

Please note that this only covers our Bainfield, Orwell Terrace and Slateford Road accommodation sites. It does not include Captiol Students Westfield or Gorgie sites.