Edinburgh University


The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1582 and is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research. It is the sixth university to be established in the British Isles, making it one of the ancient universities of the United Kingdom.


Edinburgh University has expanded with the number of topics being studied and is now spread over seven main sites.


1.The Central Area includes George Square
2.The Informatics Forum
3.The Dugald Stewart Building
4.Old College
5.The old Medical School buildings in Teviot Place
6.Surrounding streets in Edinburgh's Southside


The Appleton Tower is also used for teaching first year undergraduates in science and engineering. Meanwhile, Teviot Place continues to house pre-clinical medical courses and biomedical sciences despite relocation of the Medical School to Little France. Pollock Halls, adjoining Holyrood Park to the east, provides accommodation (mainly half board) for a minority of students in their first year. Two of the older houses in Pollock Halls were demolished in 2002 and a new building has been built in their place, leaving a total of ten buildings. Self-catered flats elsewhere account for the majority of university-provided accommodation. Most other students in the city live in private flats in the Marchmont, Newington, Bruntsfield, New Town and Leith areas, although some university-owned flats are also available there.


The King's Buildings campus, further south, houses most of the Science and Engineering schools including a Biology School that is a world leader in genetics. The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and British Geological Survey (BGS) also have a presence on campus.


The Chancellor's Building was opened on 12 August 2002 by The Duke of Edinburgh and houses the new £40 million Medical School at the New Royal Infirmary in Little France. It was a joint project between private finance, the local authorities and the University to create a large modern hospital, veterinary clinic and research institute and thus the University is currently (2003) in the process of moving its Veterinary and Medical Faculties there (and quite possibly also the School of Nursing). It has two large lecture theatres and a medical library. It is connected to the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by a series of corridors.



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Many visitors to Edinburgh choose one of the smaller, often family run, bed and breakfast or guest house hotels as they provide interesting and good value accommodation. There are a few places in Edinburgh that stand out from the crowd and consistently receive good reviews such as the Richmond House Hotel, the Edinburgh House Hotel and The Cairn Hotel. Beware, some of the guest houses will require you to walk or take a bus to the city centre so check the map first. Click 'go' to see our list of other guest houses in Edinburgh.
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  Edinburgh Castles & Cottages


Edinburgh Castle to Rent
A good option for a family or group is to rent a cottage or even a castle in Scotland! Most castles or cottages are self-catering allowing you to save on expensive meals out, some Edinburgh cottages or castles also provide food should you require this. Most cottages and castles are not in the city centre so you are likely to need a car for trips to the city. Click 'go' to see our list.
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  Edinburgh Events


Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
(Wed 19th Jul, 2017)

For ten days every summer, the sounds of the Jazz & Blues Festival resonate through the parks, churches, clubs, bars, concert halls and streets of Edinburgh.


Edinburgh Art Festival
(Mon 31st Jul, 2017)

Established in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival works in partnership with the city’s artists, galleries, museums and visual art spaces to present the best and most exciting in modern visual art.


Edinburgh Festival Fringe
(Tue 01st Aug, 2017)

The world's biggest and best festival is an arts showcase for everyone from the biggest names in showbiz to the performers in the street. Takes place over the whole city from 1 to 25 August.