Our Top Tips For Students Travelling In Edinburgh!

Are you looking to come and study in Edinburgh? We can’t blame you, it’s a beautiful Insta-worthy city!

Have you been looking at the accommodation but not sure which one to go for? Maybe you’ve been trying to figure out which ones are closest to your campus?

Well, look no further, because we’ve figured that all out for you and put it together in this handy little guide!

So sit back, relax and read on for all the information you need.

8 Roxburgh

Roxburgh Place

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8 Roxburgh Travelling Edinburgh

When living at our fabulous accommodation 8 Roxburgh, travelling in Edinburgh is super easy.

  • 6-minute walk to University of Edinburgh
  • Rooms from £145p/w
  • Cashback offer currently available

8 Roxburgh is our newly refurbished student accommodation situated right in the heart of the city, perfect for travelling around Edinburgh!

From the top two floors, you have magnificent views of some of Edinburgh’s beautiful landmarks and scenery- you can see right out over the Forth River on a clear day.

There is an abundance of cafes, restaurants, shops, and pubs right on your doorstep, with plenty of buses that you can hop on and travel all over Edinburgh and its boundaries.

The best part though? It’s perfectly situated for your university commute – hooray!

The best way to travel to Edinburgh University’s George Square campus from 8 Roxburgh is by foot.

I actually tested the route and it took me only 6 minutes to be right in the centre of the square (and that was only because there was traffic-stopping me from crossing the road right away!).

Come out of 8 Roxburgh and head left down Richmond Place then take a right onto Hill Place until you hit Nicolson Street.

Cross over Nicolson Square onto Marshall Street and you’ll hit Potterow and many of the University of Edinburgh buildings – easy peasy!

If you need to get to the King’s Buildings campus just head to Nicolson Street, hop on a number 3/7/8 to Lygon Road, walk up to Mayfield Road then turn left and you’re there.

Alternatively, you could jump on a number 41 at Potterrow which will take you directly to campus.

You can hop on various buses for Edinburgh travel from Nicolson Street- there’s the 2 which will bring you to the Gyle at the west of the city where you can shop to your heart’s content.

The 3 will take you out towards Mayfield but you can jump off early and visit Craigmillar castle, and the number 30 will take you to Musselburgh where you can visit the races or take a stroll along the beach.

The Millhouse

400 Gorgie Road

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The Millhouse Student Accommodation

  • 7-minute walk to MGA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Rooms from £152p/w
  • Cashback offer currently available

The Millhouse is one of our newer student accommodations ideally situated to the west of Edinburgh city centre.

From the top floor, you can see all the way out over Edinburgh and even Edinburgh castle in one direction and the Pentland Hills in the other.

The bus links at this property are brilliant for travelling around Edinburgh and will take you wherever you need to go.

This property also has an onsite gym, study room, and social space ready and waiting to be used when government guidance allows.

If it’s the MGA Academy you’re here for the best way to get there is to walk! Come out of The Millhouse and turn right on Gorgie Road then continue right onto Balgreen Road and you have reached your destination.

If it’s Heriot-Watt that brings you here then all you’ve got to do is hop on the number 25 right outside The Millhouse and this will take you straight to campus in half an hour. 

You can also jump on a number of buses (3/25/33) straight into town in under 20 minutes!

So if it’s a day exploring Edinburgh’s old town or watching the sunset from Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat you are sorted.

If you’re a rugby fan then this property is the ideal location as Scotland’s home of rugby, BT Murrayfield Stadium, is only a stone’s throw away- you can even see it from our higher floor windows!


7 Beaverbank Place

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Travelling Edinburgh Beaverbank

  • 15-minute drive to University of Edinburgh
  • Rooms from £145p/w
  • Cashback offer currently available

Beaverbank Place is situated in the popular and historic Canonmills area of Edinburgh city centre.

There is a wide range of local amenities on your doorstep if you choose to live here including bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops.

This accommodation currently offers a free shuttle bus service to The University of Edinburgh which will get you there in 15 minutes!

It also runs to King’s Buildings which will only take around 20 minutes! Now that’s an added bonus we can get on board with!

Alternatively, come out of Beaverbank Place and head left and then right until you get to Rodney Street where you can hop on the number 8 bus which will take you to Surgeon’s Hall.

Take a right on to West Nicholson Street and head straight over to Potterrow where you will find many of the University of Edinburgh buildings!

You can also hop on a bus to get pretty much anywhere you want to go in Edinburgh whether that’s Princes Street for some shopping (jump on a 10, 23, or 36).

Portobello for a trip to the beach (a short walk then a number 26 and another short walk) or a picnic in Inverleith park (a 27 or a 36 with a short walk).

And there you have it folks! Our handy guide to travelling around Edinburgh, not as hard as you thought right? We hopefully look forward to meeting you soon, and if you have any questions, drop us a DM on Insta.

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