Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, UK, located near the Firth of Forth and close to the North Sea. It has a population of over 500,000 inhabitants, including more than 62,000 university students.
Edinburgh is one of the largest university centres in the United Kingdom, recongised for its excellent academic research and rich international outlook. You can attend a Bachelor’s, Masters’ or Ph.D. degree in your subject of choice, in business administration, engineering, medicine, humanities, arts or social sciences. The city blends a wide array of festivals celebrating its culture, with fascinating architecture and a long history of scientific enquiry, and storytelling. Study abroad in Edinburgh and immerse yourself in the cheerful Scottish atmosphere that fills this magnificent city.
Edinburgh has the strongest economy of any city in the United Kingdom outside of London. With 43% of the population holding a degree-level or professional qualification, you can be sure you’ll be learning in a highly educated environment, from teachers with vast industry experience.
The city’s economy is now based mainly on financial services, law, scientific research, higher education, and tourism. Universities in Edinburgh organise a range of job events and offer career and employability services to supports their students.
Large employers for students and graduates in Edinburgh include companies such as: Tesco Bank, CMS Cameron McKenn, KPMG, Edward Jones, NG Bailey, BT Group, WM Morrisons Supermarket, Heineken UK, NHS Lothian, and more. Universities collaborate with top business in the city to offer competitive internships to determined students.
Edinburgh is a city full of iconic sights and historical places, and a mixture of contemporary urban with medieval traces. Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you plan to visit Edinburgh on a budget, then you should not miss the following opportunities:
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh include: the Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, the Murrayfield Stadium for rugby fixtures, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden, Holyrood Park, Victoria Street for shopping, and many more.
Edinburgh is also a city that loves festivals and festivities. Between June-September, you can attend the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh’s International Film Festival, and the Fringe, the largest annual international arts festival in the world.
The main nightclubs are to be found on George Street, and there are plenty of live music venues on Lothian Road and the Cowgate.
Edinburgh’s historical, cultural and natural attractions have made it the second most popular tourist destination in UK, welcoming over one million overseas visitors each year. International students come from over 130 different countries, as well as several foreign communities across the globe. Most expats in Edinburgh come from Poland, Republic of Ireland, China, India, Pakistan, United States, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, South Africa and Canada.
In Edinburgh, the warm season lasts from June to September, with average temperatures of 15°C (59°F) and rarely exceeding 22 °C (72 °F). The cold season lasts from November to March, with temperatures often falling below freezing level; the coldest month is January at 3°C (37°F). Weather in Edinburgh can be sometimes unpredictable, even in the summer.
Housing options in Edinburgh include:
Edinburgh is a relatively expensive city. International students say that accommodation is the most costly, but food is cheaper and there are many facilities and discounts for students. An average monthly budget of around 700-800 GBP should cover your expenses, including trips and activities.
Food will cost around 300 GBP/month, and other expenses such as shopping, entertainment, books and trips depend greatly on your lifestyle.
Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. The university is globally recognised for research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world's leading thinkers to work and study here.
Heriot-Watt University is world-renowned for conducting research which is relevant to business and industry. Studying with us will bring you into contact with leading researchers who are working on some of the most important areas for twenty-first-century-society. Your postgraduate degree at Heriot-Watt will enhance your future – all our programmes are focused on the needs of business and industry, which is why employers actively seek out our graduates.