Every day offers a new discovery if you choose to study in Scotland’s capital –
and Vita Student accommodation in Edinburgh is just the place to start.
Student accommodation in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe. Gothic architecture towers over as you roam the cobblestoned streets and hidden staircases. The hills in the distance breathe tranquillity into this small but busy city.
An enchanting blend of history and modernity, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh ranks in the top 20 best student cities in the world.
Edinburgh is not only known for its dramatic architecture and ancient history. It hosts multiple famous festivals every year – like Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and more.
It is the birthplace of the Harry Potter books, the first encyclopaedia, and some of the world’s most respected writers. Edinburgh is a place that, by its very nature, inspires big ideas – and its prestigious universities only proves this.
Shape your own university experience in the heart of Scotland’s exciting capital.
Ideal if you’re attending the University of Edinburgh.
Living at Vita Student Edinburgh
Fountainbridge is our first building to open in the city. Just a 10-minute walk from the famous Edinburgh Castle, and situated between all the top universities, these student rooms sell out within days of becoming available.
Next is Iona Street, our brand-new building north of the city centre, in the up-and-coming student area of Leith. Students are flocking here for the endless choice of cool bars, restaurants, and picturesque scenes that sit on Leith’s doorstep.
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Vita Student is for students that want it all. For students that want to live without limits.
With an all-inclusive service, living at Vita Student lifts some of the pressures from university life, allowing you to focus on your studies and your experience.
Our buildings are full of friendly faces from many different places. All here to make the most of their time at university. Whether you are creative or academic, Vita Student is the place to learn, thrive and make connections.
Edinburgh may be a compact city, but there is a hell of a lot going on.
Take a walk down the famous Royal Mile and spend the day in boutique shops and artisan bakeries. At night, cosy up with a pint in a medieval pub or dance the night away in the many bars and clubs on George Street.
Educate yourself in the National Museum of Scotland. Entertain yourself at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Get a taste of what Scotland is really about at The Scotch Whiskey Experience in Edinburgh’s Old Town. There are so many ways to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history that this city offers.
Despite being amongst the city’s action, you’re surrounded by rolling hills and peaceful nature. Walk out of the door of Vita Student and make your way to Arthur’s Seat, where you can get a panoramic view of Edinburgh in all its glory.
Universities in Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh has long been one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Despite being founded centuries ago in 1583, it continues to be a pioneer of ground-breaking research.
Some of history’s greatest thinkers studied at The University of Edinburgh. Charles Darwin, for example, whose contributions to evolutionary theory are, even today, fundamental to our understanding of the world. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, and Noreen Murray, a molecular geneticist who was integral to the development of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
Heriot Watt University has a reputation for forging successful graduates. With 95% of their students in employment or further study within six months of graduating, it’s no wonder that this is such a desirable place of study for students globally.
Even better, students at Heriot Watt also get the opportunity to experience their international campuses in Dubai and Malaysia through their Go Global scheme.
Edinburgh Napier University was awarded the top spot for student satisfaction in Scotland as well as the best modern university in Scotland.
Supporting over 500 student start-up companies, Edinburgh Napier University is all about giving its graduates the opportunities to succeed in their careers. It is home to students from over 100 countries and is considered a top-tier university for environment and sustainability.
“My three favourite things about living at Vita: the weekly events, the gym and the independence I get from living on my own”
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What is there to do in Edinburgh throughout the year?more
Come rain or shine, there’s plenty to do in Edinburgh. In the sun, explore the iconic Edinburgh Castle, hike up Arthur’s Seat, or simply bask in the rays at Princes Street Gardens. In the rain, head underground to Edinburgh Dungeons or visit some of the world-famous museums and art galleries in the city.
And of course, going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a must if you live in the city. The world-famous event attracts the very best comedians – you’re guaranteed to be laughing out of your seat.
Are there any attractions which are free?more
Edinburgh has loads of free attractions that allow you to have a fun day out, even on a tight budget. Simply walking around the city is an attraction – you could walk around all day admiring the beautiful architecture and cobblestoned streets.
However, we recommend that the first place you walk is the Royal Mile – a long road that used to be the designated walkway for Kings and Queens. From there, visit The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Botanical Gardens, and St Giles Cathedral, all for free.
Are there any outdoor spaces I should visit?more
The city of Edinburgh is beautiful, especially since it’s surrounded by breath-taking nature and outdoor space. From the city centre, hike up Arthur’s Seat and get a panoramic view of the city. It takes about two hours to get to the top, but it’s worth it.
Further afield, you can get to Pentland Hills – a vast landscape with plenty of walking routes for different abilities. If you’re looking for a relaxing place to sit and study, however, all you need to do is head to the city centre and go to The Meadows.
Where are a few good places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?more
As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh has some of the best food and drink spots in Scotland. When it comes to eating, taste the ultimate British comfort food at Makar’s Gourmet Mash Bar, or get a health kick from Seeds for the Soul. For casual nights out, go to Foundry 39 for cocktails with sourdough pizzas and burgers. One place in Edinburgh that is essential, however, is Mary’s Milk Bar. This place is famous for its incredible ice cream with adventurous flavours. It attracts queues out the door, even in the winter.
What is the history behind Edinburgh’s architecture?more
Edinburgh’s architecture tells a story of a historical city moving with the times. The Old Town was founded in the 12th century – walking through the streets you can feel its medieval history – dark, Gothic buildings with complex stonework are at every corner. However, in the new town, you get a taste of the modern, even though buildings in this area date back to the 1700s. The New Town was built because the Old Town was full – so was used to house wealthy businessmen. The area is now full of all of your favourite high-street shops, along with endless choice of bars and restaurants.
How far is the coast from Edinburgh?more
Living in Edinburgh gives you the benefit of living in the city, as well as near mountains and coast. Travel less than 30 minutes on public transport and you’ll be at Newhaven Harbour, or Silverknowes Beach.