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THE guide to Edinburgh

By HWResLife 15 Aug 2020

Welcome to Edinburgh - a city rich in history, culture, arts and architecture!  

If you're new to the city, we've pulled together a guide that looks at everything you might need to know to get settled in...


Lothian buses run frequent services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the city and its outskirts. You can catch buses 25, 34 and 35 from the city centre to our Riccarton Campus. Timetables and journey planners can be found at 

There are various Taxi companies operating in Edinburgh. Details of these companies and expected rates can be found at 

Alternatively, there is a free taxi phone available for use outside University-Main Reception.  

Edinburgh Trams operate within the city centre and to/from the Airport. Information about this service and ticket pricing can be found at 

Cycle Hire is available through Just Eat Cycles. Simply download the App the register and find your nearest bike station. For more information visit: 

Explore our campus grounds and surrounding areas by foot! Exercise is not only a cheap alternative but is shown to be beneficial for health and well-being. Reslife is running regular woodland walk throughout the semester, so follow our Facebook and Instagram for more information and booking guide. 

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There are plenty of grocery stores around Edinburgh. You can catch a bus from campus or decide on home-delivery to campus. Supermarkets include ASDA, Lidl, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose; all with a variety of products and varying prices. 

WiFi Internet 

There are two methods to connect to Wi-fi on Campus, both are free services provided by the University. Simply connect to either network from your device and follow prompts to register for the service! 

Eduroam: Secure and private Academic Access within teaching and learning buildings (and some halls if lucky!) 

Glide: For access to the internet within Residential Halls. 

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Handy hints for new students! 

Phone & Banking:

  • Set-up your mobile 
    You can use your phone from home and purchase a local sim card/plan from a provider such as Vodafone, Telstra, Lebara, Three, or 02.  
  • Set-up a UK bank account (if required)
    There are a range of banking options in Edinburgh, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Scotland, Barclays, and NatWest (or you can opt for the online banks such as Starling and Monzo)

Medical & Dental: 

  • Register with a Doctor
    As a student in the UK, you will receive free health care with the NHS which is covered by your visa surcharge, including appointments and prescribed medications. You can Register at the University Clinic here on campus or one near to you.
    For more information on the University Health Clinic, visit: 
  • Register with a Dentist
    As above, dental care is a free service provided by the NHS. There is a Dental Practice on campus, or alternatively you may register to another practice (including for private and paid treatment). For information on campus dental services, visit:


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