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  • The University of Edinburgh now has availability all year round in guest rooms.  The majority of availability is, however, in the Christmas (December, January), Easter (March, April) and summer (June, July, August, September) vacation periods, when students clear their rooms
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Bed and breakfast & self-catering accommodation in Edinburgh student rooms

Not just for students - anyone can book!

  • All visitors to Edinburgh can enjoy this convenient budget accommodation option in Scotland's capital city
  • Choose from single, twin or double ensuite rooms, on a bed & breakfast or self-catering basis; a great alternative to an Edinburgh hostel or cheap hotel
  • Great value rooms are available during the Edinburgh Festival, Fringe and Hogmanay, when demand for hotel accommodation tends to be high, with prices to match!

Reviews for Edinburgh

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Fantastic help to find a parking space from staff at car entrance. Good response to complaint about faulty door lock to room. There should be a bin at each lavatory for pads etc.

(Review Of Pollock Halls, Edinburgh) Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Very good overall experience I have used rooms in the past as well as this time and would certainly use you again for a future visit to Edinbugh.... thanks chris Million

(Review Of Pollock Halls, Edinburgh) Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Room doors were noisy and hollow-sounding especally when closed by late 'revellers' in the early hours. Also, my rom backed on to the staff room for the block and early morning staff (0600-0630) were inclined to talk so that their voices could be heard through the wall.

(Review Of Pollock Halls, Edinburgh) Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

This is a wonderful place to stay! The food is excellent, both at the bar and in the general commons (breakfast). The location is perfect for walking, hiking and catching a bus or taxi to the town center. I will definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends.

(Review Of Pollock Halls, Edinburgh) Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Perhaps on the original confirmation booking acknowledgement could you put the full address and postal code including "Pollock Halls of Residence". (It is on maps and the name means more to people when asking directions.)

(Review Of Pollock Halls, Edinburgh) Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

We were a group of nine and it was apleasure to stay here. One of our group became ill and needed a doctor and we received a lot of support.Very friendly helpful staff.

(Review Of Chancellor's Court, Edinburgh) Chancellor's Court, Edinburgh

We realised that our ensuite was a bit "whiffy" and that the shower was not draining well. So we told the chamber staff on the Thursday morning and by Thursday evening it was fixed! We were impressed. We've stayed at posh hotels that don't get around to fixing things even when nagged repeatedly.

(Review Of Chancellor's Court, Edinburgh) Chancellor's Court, Edinburgh

Staff were without exception helpful, courteous and good humoured, it made the stay very pleasant. The City of Edinburgh could rethink its parking policies and information to visitors. Their bus maps are not easy to use

(Review Of Pollock Halls, Edinburgh) Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Totally understand the cheap prices and lack of certain things. I like a tv in my room, again I can understand why their isn’t but maybe a rental could work. Pay on booking and a deposit when arriving may work. Clean and tidy though and with the breakfast on offer still a steal at £50

(Review Of Pollock Halls, Edinburgh) Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Visitor information

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the second largest city in Scotland after Glasgow. It lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Owing to its spectacular, rugged setting and vast collection of Medieval and Georgian architecture, including numerous stone tenements, it is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.

Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city is well-known for the annual Edinburgh Festival, a collection of official and independent festivals held annually over about four weeks from early August. The number of visitors attracted to Edinburgh for the Festival is roughly equal to the settled population of the city. The most famous of these events are the Edinburgh Fringe (the largest performing arts festival in the world), the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Other events include the Hogmanay street party (31 December), Burns Night (25 January), St. Andrew's Day (30 November), and the Beltane Fire Festival (30 April).

The city attracts 1 million overseas visitors a year, making it the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom, after London.

Activities of interest in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a vibrant city, offering many activities and historic sites. Princes Street is the place to shop and the Royal Mile is home to thriving pubs and restaurants. Edinburgh Castle, which stands over the city, St Giles Cathedral, which dates from 9th century and the Edinburgh Vaults where visitors join a ghost tour, are just a few of the places of interest.  

Getting to Edinburgh

By Car: Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 8 and follow A720 and A71 to Edinburgh City Centre.

By Train: All trains to Edinburgh go to Waverley Station, off Waverley Bridge at the east end of Princes St. This is where the main ticket booking office is located.Taxis collect passengers from the station concourse. All trains to the north and to the west coast, including Glasgow, also stop at Haymarket station. For timetable and ticket enquiries: Tel. 08457-484950.

By Bus: The city's new bus station is in St Andrews Square, only a few minutes' walk from Waverley station. This is the terminal for all coaches from England, from other towns and cities around Scotland and also for local services to outlying towns and villages. There are left luggage lockers at the Terminus.

By Air: Edinburgh International Airport is 8 miles west of the city centre on the A8 Edinburgh-Glasgow road. Tel: +44 131 3331000 for general enquiries, +44 131 3443136 for airport information. www.edinburghairport.com

History of Edinburgh

Humans have settled in the Edinburgh area from at least the Bronze Age, leaving traces of primitive stone settlements at Holyrood, Craiglockhart Hill and the Pentland Hills.

In 1492 King James IV of Scotland undertook to move the Royal Court from Stirling to Holyrood, making Edinburgh the national capital. Edinburgh continued to flourish economically and culturally through the Renaissance period and was at the centre of the 16th century Scottish Reformation and the Wars of the Covenant a hundred years later.

In 1603 King James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English and Irish thrones, fulfilling his ambition to create a united kingdom under the Stewart Monarchy. Although he retained the Parliament of Scotland in Edinburgh, he marched to London to rule from his throne there. He ordered that every public building in the land should bear his family's emblem, the red lion rampant, and to this day the most common name for a public house in Britain is the Red Lion.

In 1639, disputes between the Presbyterian Covenanters and the Anglican Church led to the Bishops' Wars, a prelude to the English Civil War. During the Third English Civil War Edinburgh was taken by the Commonwealth forces of Oliver Cromwell prior to Charles II's eventual defeat at the Battle of Worcester.

In the 19th century, Edinburgh, like many cities, industrialised, but did not grow as fast as Scotland's second city, Glasgow, which replaced it as the largest city in the country, benefitting greatly at the height of the British Empire.

Edinburgh: the university

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland, making it one of the ancient universities of the United Kingdom. The founding of the University is attributed to Bishop Robert Reid of St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney, who left the funds on his death in 1558 that ultimately provided the University's endowment. The University was established by a Royal Charter granted by James VI in 1582, becoming the fourth Scottish university at a time when more populous neighbour England had only two.

Famous Alumni:

There have been many notable alumni and faculty of the university, including economist Adam Smith, signatories to the US Declaration of Independence James Wilson and John Witherspoon, Prime Ministers Gordon Brown, Lord Palmerston and Lord John Russell, engineer Alexander Graham Bell, naturalist Charles Darwin and biologist Ian Wilmut, physicists James Clerk Maxwell, Max Born, Sir David Brewster, Tom Kibble, Peter Guthrie Tait and Peter Higgs, writers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie, and Sir Walter Scott, actor Ian Charleson, composers Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, and poet William Wordsworth.

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