Where to Find Accommodation

Below we have a comprehensive list of student accommodation providers and places to search for private accommodation. You need to be careful to avoid fake adverts and scams.


University Accommodation

Catered and self-catered single and group options for both undergraduates and postgraduates. For continuing students, this includes privately owned flats offered by Domus



Edinburgh Student Housing Cooperative

This is a cooperative owned and run by its student tenants. September leases are usually advertised in February. Between June and August the Edinburgh Student Housing Cooperative offer short sublets.



Flat-hunting websites


Edinburgh Student Pad

Listings of private properties to rent as well as single rooms. Also has a message board facility to help you look for flatmates. Some adverts will display contact details that are viewable, other details will only be viewable if you create an account and log in.


ESPC Local Property Listings

This website lists property for sale and for rent in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Search for accommodation using refined searches specifying areas and districts around Edinburgh.



Flatshare and houseshare website. Listings for rooms available in shared houses around Edinburgh. You can refine your search by location. Payment required to contact some advertisers.



Search for properties, rooms and agents, and advertise for flatmates via this site.



Properties and rooms for rent around Edinburgh.



Properties and rooms in shared flats being advertised by Letting Agencies



Search for flats or rooms within flats including student accommodation, short lets and mid-market rents.



Classifieds website for loads of things, from flatshares to fridges. A lot of student flatshares are posted on here, but exercise caution with these ads as they’re unregulated.



Flat and houseshare search website where you can post an advert searching for people to buddy up with, or browse the adverts for spare rooms.



Many people post adverts for flatmates in Facebook groups too but exercise caution with these ads as there are also many scams.



Students can advertise spare rooms in their flats and put up adverts for flats or flatmates on the noticeboards in the Advice Place at Potterrow or in the Advice Place at Kings Buildings House.



Privately-managed purpose-built student accommodation


In recent years, increasing numbers of students have found accommodation in privately-managed, purpose-built student accommodation blocks. We are not in a position to recommend any specific provider. Rental prices in purpose-built student accommodation can be more expensive than other forms of accommodation.


Collegiate AC

Provides studio apartments and rooms in shared flats in purpose-built student accommodation  blocks across two different sites in Leith. Contact this provider directly to check availability of shorter-length tenancies.


Fresh Student Living

This provider offers rooms in shared flats in a block located on South College Street (close to George Square). This provider does not routinely offer short-term leases but you can contact them to check availability.


Unite Student Accommodation

Offers studio accommodation and rooms in shared flats to students across five different sites. This provider can, subject to availability, offer tenancies of a variety of lengths. Unite also offers accessible studio apartments in Old Printworks and Salisbury Court.


iQ Student Accommodation

Offers accommodation studio apartments, one-bedroom flats and shared flats. This provider offers 43 and 50-week tenancies.


The Student Housing Company

Provides student accommodation across a variety of locations around Edinburgh. Contact this provider directly to check on tenancy lengths available.


Homes For Students

Provide accommodation at Beaverbank and Cannonmills.



Provides accommodation at Liberton Road near Kings Buildings campus.


CRM Student Accommodation

Offers purpose-built student accommodation at Edinburgh College and Haddington Place. Contact this provider directly to check availability of shorter-length tenancies.


Student Castle

This provider offers private studios complete with en-suite, private living space and kitchenette. They are located at Causewayside in Newington. Contact this provider directly to check availability of shorter-length tenancies.


Downing Students

This provider offers private studios and shared apartments in Meadowbank. Short-term leases are sometimes offered. Check their website to see if rooms are available.


Nido Collection

Offers private studios and en-suite rooms in Haymarket. Contact this provider directly or see website to check availability of shorter-length tenancies.


Student Roost

Offers private studios and en-suite rooms at various locations. This provider offers 51-week tenancies.


If you work for a private student accommodation provider and your information on here is wrong or you have further information especially about short leases, please do get in touch with us via our contact form.



Where should I live? 


The best way to start your flat hunting is by deciding where you want to live. This can be difficult if you are not familiar with Edinburgh, so we have created an interactive map to introduce you to some of the areas that are popular with students in Edinburgh. This map also shows you where the main campuses are situated, as well as the location of all university accommodations and some private student accommodations.


Once you've noted the areas you'd like to live in, you can look at availability and prices online and it’s also worth taking a stroll around those neighbourhoods to get a feel of the place and the type of properties that are on offer.




We often find that students struggle to secure a flat if they restrict their search to the areas very close to the central campus to just the Marchmont area. These areas are very popular with students and very close to campus but demand and prices are high. Many students live in other areas of the city too where there can be less competition and less cost involved. Watch our video series below to discover some wonderful neighbourhoods in Edinburgh.












Short-term Accommodation

The prices listed here were compiled in September 2018. Prices will change, so please check. The majority of these websites will allow you to get a quote in a currency you’re familiar with.

In most cases a dormitory (dorm) room will be cheaper. This will mean sharing a room with people who you don’t know. You will usually get a locker or secure space to lock your valuables — you can check this when you are booking your room.

Remember, it is ok to ask to see a room before you book it.

The Advice Place cannot recommend any accommodation over another, but below is a list of Edinburgh hostels in central locations.


  • Argyle Backpackers Hotel
  • 14 Argyle Place, EH9 1JL
  • 0131 667 9991
  • argyle-backpackers.com
  • reception@argyle-backpackers.co.uk
  • From £14.95 per night (dorm)
  • Safestay Edinburgh
  • 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE
  • 0131 524 1989
  • safestay.com/edinburgh/
  • reservations-edi@safestay.com
  • From £9.90 per night in a dorm. But also offer smaller, shared rooms.
  • Haystack Hostel
  • 5/3 West Register Street, EH2 2AA
  • 0131 557 0036
  • haystackhostels.co.uk/
  • info@haystackhostels.co.uk
  • From £12 per night (dorm)
  • Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel
  • 65 Cockburn St, Edinburgh, EH1 1BU
  • 0131 220 2200
  • edinburghbackpackershostel.com/
  • reservations@hoppo.com
  • From £15.41 per night in a dorm. But also offer smaller, shared rooms.
  • Budget Backpackers
  • 37-39 Cowgate, EH1 1JR
  • 0131 226 6351
  • kickasshostels.co.uk/
  • info@budgetbackpackers.com
  • From £9.13 per night (6 Bed Dorm, Non-Refundable, minimum stay 2 nights)
  • Kickass Hostels
  • 2 West Port Edinburgh, EH1 2JA
  • 0131 226 6351
  • kickasshostels.co.uk/location/
  • From £9.90 per night in a dorm or pod dorm.


  • High Street Hostel
  • 8 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE
  • 0131 557 3984
  • highstreethostel.com
  • From £10 per night in a dorm. But also offer smaller, shared rooms.


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