Why Study in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh First Old College Quad

If you're looking to combine first class education with excellent life experiences, then you'll be delighted you made Edinburgh your first choice. 

Edinburgh has a global reputation as a first-class study destination and welcomes thousands of students from the UK and around the world to complete their studies every year. An expansive selection of exceptional further and higher education opportunities combined a bright, safe and exciting atmosphere, Edinburgh gives students the very best learning - and life - experiences.

The Perfect Backdrop to Student Life. 

If you’re looking for a safe, beautiful and happy place to call home while you study Edinburgh has everything you need. The city centre is packed with stunning architecture and bursts with culture, activities and incredible scenery. The city is small enough to walk or cycle around, and it consistently comes in the top ranks for accolades such as safety, health & well-being, and best urban place in the UK.  In short, Edinburgh is the perfect backdrop for a brilliant student experience.

The city is full of things to do, with daily events in comedy, theatre, literature, film, dance, music, sporting events and so much more there’s a never-ending choice of places to unwind with friends after a hard day’s study.

And on days where you need to get out of the city and into nature, a short car or bus journey is all it takes, and a dramatic landscape of mountains surrounds you, valleys and lochs, all edged by a stunning coastline.

Edinburgh has won an impressive 12 Best City awards in recent years, including the Best Urban Destination in the UK in the Conde Condé Nast Traveller's Reader's Choice Awards (2020)

Edinburgh's Exceptional Reputation

Above everything else, students choose Edinburgh for its reputation for exceptional standards of education. The city has a strong history in science, technology, education, business, the arts and philosophy and continues to shape the world in these areas and many more.

Edinburgh continues to stride forward in innovation and is a global influencer in education and research and development. Strong links between academia and business give Edinburgh students an advantage in entering the workplace after graduating. Scottish education is highly respected throughout the world, and you will soon learn, Edinburgh has a justified reputation as a world-influencer in education.

Highlights of Edinburgh's Universities & Colleges

The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University are famed for their global 5* research institutions.

The University of Edinburgh was ranked 20th in the QS World University Rankings.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest medical professional institutions.

Edinburgh College is one of the UK’s largest regional colleges.

Napier University is ranked as the #1 modern university in Scotland by the Times/Sunday Times

Ready to Explore Edinburgh?

If you love the idea of studying in Edinburgh, then dive into the rest of our study section for more information on what studying in Edinburgh is like, and how it can open up your future.

Once you’ve looked at Edinburgh as a study destination, browse the rest of the site to get a flavour of life in Scotland’s capital city.

We’ve taken care to cover every possible aspect of Edinburgh student life in our study section. If you’re choosing to study in Edinburgh, our pages give you all the information you need to make the right decision for you and your future. We might be biased, but if you choose Edinburgh, we think you’re making an excellent choice!

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