Hotels near the University of Edinburgh

With an international reputation for excellence in many areas, the University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest and most celebrated universities in Scotland. With its campus buildings and student accommodation stretching across the breadth of Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town, you'll never be far away from events held at Edinburgh University when you stay at Premier Inn hotels in Edinburgh. Take a look at our range of budget-friendly hotels in the area.

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About Edinburgh University

Is Edinburgh a prestigious university?
The University of Edinburgh is ranked 6th best in the UK and 30th best in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2020. It’s considered to be Scotland’s most prestigious higher education institution.

What is Edinburgh University famous for?
The University of Edinburgh is particularly celebrated for arts and humanities and computer science degrees. Courses are taught by leading researchers of their fields and the university itself is very research-intensive, with studies having a regional, national and global impact.

Who went to Edinburgh University?
Plenty of famous people have studied at the University of Edinburgh throughout the ages, from Charles Darwin and Alexander Graham Bell to Gordon Brown, Pippa Middleton, cyclist Chris Hoy and musician Mylo. 

Is Edinburgh Uni fun?
Thanks to its positioning right by the historical centre of Edinburgh, there’s plenty of fantastic attractions to explore, Edinburgh nightlife to enjoy, and breathtaking city views and landscapes at every turn. The city is large enough to have all the entertainment options you could need yet compact enough to remain friendly and safe. The university itself has a Fitness, Sports and Leisure Centre, as well as plenty of cafes, bars, shops and events within the Students’ Union buildings.

Find out more about the city with our Things to do in Edinburgh guide.

Is Edinburgh safe for students?
Yes, Edinburgh has a low crime rate, and in general is a welcoming and safe city for students. As with any city, make sure to take extra precautions to stay safe when enjoying the nightlife; just look out for your possessions and friends and you shouldn’t encounter any risks or issues.

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Open Days at Edinburgh University

What can you expect at an Edinburgh University open day?
On a University of Edinburgh open day, a free shuttle bus operates between the different campuses, so prospective students can explore the different facilities available. There are talks on subject areas and student services, sample lectures and taster sessions, tours of accommodation and the opportunity to speak with current undergraduates to find out more about the student experience at the university. At times when the university has been unable to offer in-person open days, they’ve instead offered online options, with virtual tours, and online activities and resources.

Do you have to book open days at the University of Edinburgh?
Yes, you’re required to book if you wish to attend open days.

How often does the University of Edinburgh have open days?
The University of Edinburgh usually offers open days in June and then a couple later in the autumn – around September and October. Check the official website to discover the exact date as these can change from year to year.

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Getting to Edinburgh University

How far is Edinburgh University from the train station?
The university is just over half a mile from Edinburgh Waverly train station, so just a 15 minute walk, 10 minute bus journey or 6 minute drive.

How far is Edinburgh University from the nearest Premier Inn hotel?
We offer several Premier Inn hotels near the University of Edinburgh, with the closest being Edinburgh City Centre (Lauriston Place), just over half a mile away. 

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