Edinburgh is one of the most sought-after cities by students. The compact city centre has an enviable range of pubs, bars and nightclubs, many with extended hours of opening. Students make up a good proportion of the population and are generally welcomed.
Edinburgh has four main universities, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot Watt University and Queen Margaret University.
The City is well connected to the outside world with an international airport (with high-speed bus links into Edinburgh), fast train links to the rest of the UK running down both the East and West coasts and excellent road systems.
Within the City there are regular, clean, modern buses that run on time and a City Tram system is under construction which will revolutionise transport in the local region. Since the centre of the City is relatively compact it is possible, within 15/20 minutes, to walk to most centrally located destinations. There are also bike routes, clean, well regulated and helpful taxi’s and many of the main roads through the City are wide boulevards, making driving as uncomplicated as possible.
In New Town lies busy Princes Street awash with shops, from the traditional Jenners Department Store to retailers offering the latest designer fashion labels, jewellery, and technology as well as chic restaurants and cafes to stop and watch the world go by.
Edinburgh offers a vast and vibrant social scene where you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. Explore the city after dark to discover a vast array of live music, comedy, theatre and nightclubs – or simply meet with friends in one of the many bars and pubs.
Restaurants and eating out
Truly multicultural, Edinburgh’s society is reflected in its vast range of restaurants, with more per head than any other UK city, so whatever you’re looking to eat from Scottish haggis to French, Thai and Indian to sushi, Chinese or British fish and chips, Edinburgh can supply.
Famous for its festivals, from the Film Festival in June, the longest continually running film festival in the world, to the Fringe Festival as well as the Wild Outdoor Festival there can never be a dull moment.