The University of Edinburgh aims to deliver impact for society. We discover, develop and share knowledge. As a truly global university, rooted in Scotland’s capital city, we make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world.

Top reasons to study here

  • Edinburgh has won more than 12 UK best city awards in the last eight years.
  • Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site covers almost 2 square miles and over 75% of all the buildings are listed.
  • Edinburgh has more than 60 libraries per 100,000 people - that's more libraries per capita than any other city in the world.

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With our rich history, noted alumni and distinguished scholars, we have much to be proud of in our many centuries as a world-renowned university.

From Nobel laureates and Olympic champions to space explorers and prime ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing history since it opened the gates to its first students in 1583.


As a centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • provide the highest-quality research-led teaching and learning;
  • challenge the boundaries of knowledge, research and disciplines;
  • enable our graduates and staff to be exceptional individuals equipped to address global challenges;
  • promote good health, economic growth, cultural understanding and social well-being.


As a major, comprehensive university we conduct research of the highest standard across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Our discipline-specific research is impressive but we also focus on challenging our researchers to explore the space between traditional disciplines, creating transformational discoveries that enrich society.


Our award-winning Careers Service can help with your career choices, and offer impartial professional advice to help you fulfil your career ambitions.

We offer many opportunities for you to develop a broad range of skills, grow in confidence and learn more about yourself.

Our service offers advice, guidance and careers information for all students and our recent graduates.

Careers Service staff can also help you to work while you study or advise on volunteering opportunities.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

The International Student Advisory Service provides immigration advice and on course student support services to all non-UK students at the University.

Housing services

If you are not guaranteed an offer of University accommodation, or choose not to take up such an offer, you will probably need to use the private sector. 

Finding somewhere to rent in Edinburgh can be difficult, especially if you are new to the city, or even to the UK, but, as long as you are vigilant and put in some time and view properties you can be successful. We have compiled some helpful information on privately-rented accommodation in Edinburgh that will hopefully help you in your search. 

If, for whatever reason and at whatever time, you are still interested in University accommodation, you can see what is currently available on our Student Homes website.

Library services

The Main Library is the largest of Edinburgh University's Libraries.

It holds the primary collections in arts, humanities, social sciences, medicine and informatics.

It also houses the Library's general collections of books and periodicals, older books in all subjects, most of the special collections of rare books and manuscripts, the University archives and the Lothian Health Service Archive.

ICT services

Accommodation, Catering and Events provides high speed internet and services to the vast majority of students staying in University accommodation. 

A VOIP telephone service is also provided at undergraduate catered halls and family flats

Accommodation, Catering and Events properties are provided with internet and telephony services by Optify. 

Medical services

The University Health Centre is an independent National Health Service partnership of  general practitioners  who rent premises from the University and offer full G.P. services to patients who live within the practice area, and who choose to register with the practice.

Student Life

Campus life

The University is divided into three Colleges, which collectively host 20 schools.

  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Science and Engineering

Edinburgh came second in the QS Best Student Cities 2017 and is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world. Cobbled lanes, dramatic skylines and striking architecture combine to produce a stimulating setting. It’s a compact city with excellent transport links, and an array of galleries, parks, gardens, pubs and restaurants. And not forgetting the biggest yearly arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sports facilities

The University of Edinburgh’s superb sport and exercise facilities are ranked among the very best in the UK.

Whether you are looking to work-out or play indoor sport in the heart of Edinburgh at Pleasance Sport Centre & Gym, take part in outdoor sport at Peffemill Playing Fields, take in the scenery and outdoor activities at Firbush Outdoor Centre, try our new gym at the University's Easter Bush Campus, use one of our specialist Swimming or Climbing facilities or need treatment at FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic, there really is something for everyone here at Sport & Exercise. So, come Play. Train. Perform!

Student clubs

All our students are automatically made members of our Students' Association, which works on your behalf to ensure you have the best possible experience during your time here.

The Students' Association provides specialist student services, representative councils and union buildings. The Students' Association supports more than 290 student-led societies and clubs, from the A Cappella and Business societies, to the Yoga and Zoology societies.

It also promotes opportunities with local charities through its volunteering center.

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