Information for Parents and Carers

The Student Accommodation staff at Edinburgh Napier University are well aware of how the anxiety and stress of coming to university can impact the whole family, but we are here to help.

Due to GDPR we are restricted on information we share with parents and carers, both during the application process and while students are staying in accommodation. However, we hope the information below can be of assistance.

Student Accommodation viewing days

We offer three dates in June, July and August for students and their families to view our student accommodation sites. We aim to show you specific sites and, where possible, a sample flat. Unfortunately, although you can view a specific accommodation site, this is not necessarily where the student will be allocated. 

Friday 19 June 2020

9am-11am Bainfield
1pm-2pm Orwell Terrace
3pm-4pm Slateford Road (predominately Nursing/Postgraduate 50-week tenancies)

Friday 24 July 2020

9am-11am Bainfield
1pm-2pm Orwell Terrace
3pm-4pm Slateford Road (predominately Nursing/Postgraduate 50-week tenancies)

Friday 7 August 2020

9am-11am Bainfield
1pm-2pm Orwell Terrace
3pm-4pm Slateford Road (predominately Nursing/Postgraduate 50-week tenancies)

To arrange an allocated 20-minute time slot please email giving 48 hours notice stating your full name, the total number of people visiting the site and a mobile number. We aim to get back to you within 48 working hours to confirm your time slot.

Students with additional support requirements

If a student has additional support requirements and they would like a parent or carer to talk on their behalf or receive updates at any time, we will need this in writing from the student along with details of what we can disclose. Preferably this would be sent from the student's Edinburgh Napier University email account.

Due to GDPR we are unable to release any information without the student's consent even if the parent or carer is the guarantor, unless this is regards to rent arrears.

Length of tenancy

We only offer 39 week tenancies to all undergraduate students with the exception of nursing students and 50 week tenancies to undergraduate nursing student.  Postgraduates have the option of 39 or 50 week tenancies. We offer a small number of 1 trimester spaces.

Please note the length of tenancies we offer, as detailed above, may exceed academic requirements however we cannot adjust/reduce the length of tenancy to meet individual requirements. 

Student accommodation and what to bring

Our flat developments are modern, purpose-built 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 and include standard equipment such as:

Smart TVs in all communal lounges, cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, ironing board and other standard cleaning equipment.  We are hoping to introduce vacuum cleaners and irons this year but this is still to be confirmed.
The bedrooms include a ¾ double bed, desk, study chair, wardrobe and bookshelves.

You can access free Wifi from all our flats and social areas.

There is no parking facilities at any of our sites except for students who have a blue badge.  For further information regarding parking in Edinburgh please contact Edinburgh City Council.

Although this list is not exhaustive we suggest you bring the following: bedding, duvet, blankets, sheets, pillows, pillow cases, crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils eg tin opener, pots and pans, measuring jug. In en-suite please remember towels and toilet roll.

What happens when the student's current tenancy comes to an end?

Students will receive an email as well as a Notice to Quit 28-Day Notice Package by post to assist them in vacating their student accommodation and setting the expectations in regards to cleaning and check-out.

What help is available for students looking in the private sector?

We are hosting a free private sector training course on Wednesday 1 April, where students can learn valuable information about finding and securing a tenancy in the private accommodation sector. Visit our private accommodation page for more details.

If a student requires a reference for a new landlord or agent, they will need to complete our reference authority form and return it to the Accommodation Office at A reference will then be sent directly to the student's new landlord or agent within five working days.

While we’re generally unable to offer accommodation to students after their first year at Edinburgh Napier, unless in exceptional circumstances, we want to help as much as we can to make sure our residents are ready to take the exciting next step in their university journey. That’s why we host an annual Housing Fair, taking place at Bainfield Common Room on Wednesday 11 March, from 4pm-6pm. As a University we don’t make any recommendations for private sector housing companies or agents, but in the Housing Fair you’ll get the chance to meet a range of organisations offering private sector accommodation in Edinburgh. Students will be able to check availability and make informed choices when it comes to securing students next place to live in September 2020 and beyond. And if that’s not enough, we’ll also be offering free pizza, cakes and refreshments! So please encourage students to come along for the chance to have a chat, get information and find out where the next potential home could be. We look forward to seeing students at this event!

We have a dedicated page for assisting students in their search for private accommodation. We will also provide a private sector support group offering telephone and PC access and general advice in late August/early September. More information to follow.

Many private sector providers require a UK-based guarantor. Unfortunately, Edinburgh Napier University and Student Accommodation cannot assist offering this service but if you need a guarantor you may wish to consider a company such as Housing Hand, although we have not vetted nor would we be able to recommend any company.