Before you apply for student accommodation

Information for international arrivals

If you are arriving from overseas and need to quarantine in student accommodation, please read our International Arrivals page for information on what you need to do and what support we can offer you.

Covid-19 update

The Student Accommodation team, along with all staff at Edinburgh Napier, are working hard to make sure your university journey is impacted as little as possible by the coronavirus pandemic.

We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and follow government guidance, and if anything regarding your tenancy or other aspects of accommodation changes, we will provide you with new information and updates as soon as possible.

Before You Apply

Answers to many of the questions you may want to know prior to applying for student accommodation:

Applying for student accommodation

When can I apply?

We will start to accept applications for September 2021 intake from 10am on 4 May 2020.

Am I guaranteed a place?

Please refer to Who Can Apply section of the website.

Before applying

You will need your Edinburgh Napier Number, which is displayed on any offer direct from Edinburgh Napier University. Please note: this is not your UCAS number.  If you do not have this, please try using matriculation look-up system to find your 8-digit number, otherwise you can contact the Admissions Office on 0131 455 2883 for undergraduates and 0131 455 2878 for postgraduates.

You can't choose your accommodation site when applying, but you can indicate a preference for room type and site on the application form and we’ll do our best to accommodate your preferences. Please note: you may wish to check which sites are applicable to you prior to applying by consulting the allocation policy.

At the bottom of this page you can download our accommodation policy for applicants with declared criminal convictions. Please view our privacy notice for how we process criminal convictions data for accommodation allocations.

Your Online Application

If you make a mistake during the application process, email to amend. Please do not submit a second application.

If you meet all the requirements to apply for student accommodation but have any issues when trying to apply online, please contact the office 0131 455 3713 or email.

What happens once I apply and make £500 advance rent payment?

We aim to make 39 and 50 week students an offer of accommodation within four working days. An offer and reservation email will tell you where will be staying, how much your rent will cost and the length of your tenancy. You will then be expected to:

  • Make a £500 advance rent payment within 72 hours
  • Complete and return a guarantor form within 72 hours
  • Complete the online induction within 4 working days
  • Set up a payment plan within 4 working days (please see below under Financial Information)

Financial Information

What are the advance rent payment & deposit amounts?

A £500 advance rent payment is taken once the student accepts their offer of accommodation. No deposit is taken or held by Edinburgh Napier University – the £500 payment is offset against your total rent for the total duration of your tenancy.

If you are a Widening Participation student and believe you may have difficulties in paying the £500 advance instalment, please contact for more information

How can I pay my £500 advance rent payment?

Payment can only be made online by credit/debit card via the online application system. Please do not use any other system to make a credit card payment e.g. epay otherwise you will not come under the guarantee.

Although it is NOT recommended, if this is not possible a cheque/bank transfer (which can take up to five working days) would be acceptable, but we must be notified by email ( of this change in process. We must still receive this payment into the University account before the guarantee date otherwise the student will not be guaranteed accommodation.

Allocation information

Who will I live with?

We try to ensure a friendly, multicultural atmosphere where you are matched with people of a similar age group who are participating in a variety of courses.  However, we aim to allocate all nursing and postgraduate students together.

We have set up Facebook groups for each site so that students can find their flatmates ahead of their arrival. Please visit the groups for Bainfield, Orwell Terrace, and Slateford Road.

Will I stay with students studying at the same Campus?

No. Most of the student accommodation flats are within walking distance of one another, and a number of students study different subjects at different sites.  All our accommodation sites have excellent transport links to the campuses.

Can I say where I want to stay?

When you apply for student accommodation you will be asked to make preferences of accommodation site and type bearing in mind the general allocation policy below.

Which site will I live in?

Please keep an open mind in regards to the site you will be allocated. Many students have their heart set on one accommodation site and can be very disappointed if this is not where they are in fact allocated. All of our sites are very similar in regards to the flats themselves and are all fairly new properties within walking distance of one another. Our guarantee is not for a specific site or set at a specific rental cost therefore it is very important to keep this in mind.

General Allocation Policy:

We aim to ensure a friendly, multicultural atmosphere where you are matched with people of a similar age group who are participating in a variety of courses.  However, we aim to allocate all nursing and postgraduate students together. On rare occasions we may have to house Undergraduates and Postgraduates together but prior notice will be given.

  • Bainfield - Undergraduate students 20 years old and under
  • Slateford Road – All nursing students (except Veterinary Nursing) and postgraduate (50-week tenancy) students
  • Orwell Terrace – Undergraduate students predominantly 20 years old and over, all one-trimester and postgraduate (39-week tenancy) students

Please note our guarantee is an offer of accommodation only and not a guarantee of a site. Unfortunately we do not run waiting lists for accommodation options or sites and the guarantee is for an offer of accommodation only and multiple offers will not be made.

What's else is included?

All flats have shared, fully fitted and furnished kitchen and living areas with WiFi and 40" wall-mounted smart TVs. There is also a secure bike storage area on each site. All accommodation is non-smoking in the flats and stairwells.

For information on facilities such as laundry, heating and WiFi, as well as a guide of what you should bring with you, please visit our pages for each site:


Orwell Terrace

Slateford Road

Additional information