Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. Its Royal heritage has ensured that the city is an important commercial and cultural centre. The city is noted for its elegant architecture, especially its famous Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh is one of the biggest commercial centres in the UK bringing with it a variety of stores. From small and chic boutiques to big designer names, it provides plenty of shopping opportunities.
Princes’ Street - A beautiful street that provides views of Edinburgh Castle. This Street is home to many flagship stores for the best in high street names.
Multrees Walk – The home of luxury shopping in the city, all the top designer brands from Gucci to Chanel are here.
The West End - Theses quaint cobbled streets are the place to go for indie fashion, quirky boutiques and great bargains.
Edinburgh has a thriving nightlife scene that is known across the UK. Whether you want high class bars, exciting clubs or quiet hangouts, the city has something for you.
LULU - Amazing student friendly prices but in a truly fun and decadent setting. LULU is a top student club great for a night out.
Bongo Club - The place to go for R&B, Hip Hop and Urban Music. Established in 1996 this club attracts top DJs and live bands which gives the Bongo Club a great reputation.
The Stand - A great and quirky venue that brings in plenty of the best comedians at affordable prices.
Edinburgh Playhouse - A beautiful venue that is the top place in the city to see the biggest names in theatre, comedy, entertainment and musicals.
The city has a long history in football with Midlothian, Hibernian and Edinburgh City Football Clubs all playing professionally. It has a great tradition in sports having been home to the Commonwealth Games, World Student Games and Edinburgh Marathon. It’s also great for offering a wide range of sports for you to take part in and keep fit.
Edinburgh is most well known for being the home of Scottish Rugby with the Scottish National team playing at the 68,000 seater Murrayfield Stadium.
The restaurants in Edinburgh are very diverse and can provide food from just about anywhere in the world, so you’ll never be stuck for choice.
Ting Thai Caravan - Starting as a festival pop up whose food became so popular they decided to open a shop in the city. Serving fresh and authentic Thai food at very affordable prices it’s easy to see why people love this restaurant.
Union of Genius – Besides the great name this is Scotland’s first ever soup café. Fresh artisan breads with handmade healthy soups created every day. A must visit if you’re a vegetarian or vegan.
Black Medicine Coffee Co - Some of the city’s best coffee combined with tasty paninis and bagels make this a top breakfast stop. With a laid back and quiet atmosphere it’s also a great place to study.
Wings - Incredible chicken wings with a huge selection of flavours and at affordable prices, Wings is a prime student hotspot.
The Arts & Attractions
Edinburgh is known around the world for its art scene and attracts people from all corners of the globe to its incredible festivals.
The Cameo – The oldest cinema in Scotland and well known for its wide range of films, showing the best in mainstream and independent films.
Edinburgh Zoo – Over 600,000 visitors a year and one of the most popular attractions in all of Scotland. Home to lots of amazing animals but its most famous inhabitants are Sweetie and Sunshine, two Chinese Giant Pandas.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival – The world’s largest arts festival, spanning 25 days and with over 50,000 performances in 294 different venues.
This city is home to so many venues that it would be impossible to list them all here, catering to every genre you can name, you will definitely find what you’re looking for.
Sneaky Pete’s - With a capacity crowd of only 100 people this venue gives you an intimate setting to listen and get up close to the best in Indie talent.
Whistle Binkies - A venue dedicated to providing quality live music every night. With an extensive line up you’re guaranteed to find music you love.
Corn Exchange – A standing capacity of 3,000 people and voted best music venue in Edinburgh on more than one occasion, the Corn Exchange is a great place to see national and international level bands.
Murrayfield Stadium – For the biggest gigs in the country you go to Murrayfield. Global artists such as U2, Madonna, Foo Fighters and One Direction have all played on its huge stage.
Edinburgh is a very easy city to get around on foot but it also has a great bus network if you’re in a hurry. Another way to get around is by tram, fast and convenient it’s the perfect way to get across the city at affordable prices.
Trains in Edinburgh are very frequent and the railway network has a direct line to London and many services to other major cities. On the outskirts of the city is Edinburgh Airport, the biggest airport in Scotland and a major international travel hub that gives you access to the rest of the world.
Lady Nicolson Court, Panmure Court and Portsburgh Court are all very well located and you can reach all the nightlife, entertainment and amenities of the city centre with only a 10 minute walk from them all. All of our properties also have bus stops very close by and are within 15 mins walk to a train station.
I love Raleigh Park because the staff are friendly and the ease of being close to the hospital for my studies :-)Emily Sharp, Master of Nursing Science, University of Nottingham