Students are housed in either catered residential buildings (Pollock Halls) or self-catered flats. As you read the information below, please also review the general Scotland housing information.

Pollock Halls - Meal Plan

This group of modern halls is located just over half a mile from the University center. Housing is available only on a full board basis. There are about 1,940 places for men and women, almost all in single rooms, including 500 with private bathrooms. The residents are mostly "Freshers" (first-year students) but also include some International (Non-graduating) and other older students. All halls share one dining hall and student bar. Pollock Halls sit at the foot of Arthur's Seat and at the edge of Holyrood Park. The Royal Commonwealth facilities, which house a 50-meter swimming pool with diving facilities, saunas and solariums, are next door to the Halls and open to the public.

If you are placed in Pollock Halls, there is a standard meal-plan. The meal plan covers breakfast and dinner on weekdays and brunch and evening meal on weekends. You are responsible for your own weekday lunches.

Other amenities include:

  • A computer lab, restaurant/bar, ATM machine and the information/reception center are all just a short walk from each hall.
  • Several bus routes run to George Square or the center of town.
  • Bed linen is provided for you. Sheets and a duvet are provided and changed on a weekly basis. You must bring your own towels (or purchase them in Edinburgh).
  • Facilities are available in each hall for washing and drying clothes.

Self-Catering Flats

The University controls several blocks of student flats designed for student living. Some are located between Pollock Halls of Residence and the central campus at George Square. The flats usually houses 3 to 6 people (occasionally 10-12 in specific areas) and are mixed gender. All bedrooms are single study rooms (w/ bed, desk and bureau). Utilities (heat/electric) are included in the rent or housing fee you pay to Arcadia. You are individually responsible for payment of phone bills. Cooking, dining and bathroom facilities are shared.

You cook your own meals and must provide your own cookware and cutlery - buy them during your Arcadia orientation in Edinburgh. For students in self-catered housing, the University of Edinburgh offers a bedding pack containing a duvet, bed linen and pillow. Arcadia will purchase a bedding pack on your behalf so that it is available upon arrival. You must supply your own towels.

These residences have less of a "dorm" feeling; they house between 39-258 students each, and are spread throughout the city (each location has laundry facilities available).

A mixture of second and third your students (upper classmen) are more likely to be living in self-catered flats than in Pollock Halls.

Residents of self-catered flats should consider the following:

  • Flat locations can be anywhere from a 10-minute walk to a 25-minute walk to the University area of George Square. The available choices are on your Housing Form in your Arcadia Passport account.
  • Laundry facilities are available at each location.
  • The Accommodation Services at Edinburgh provides ResNet in all campus housing. There is a phone in each bedroom, with voicemail and free calls to any other ResNet-equipped room. The phone will also provide normal call facilities to non-ResNet numbers at standard rates. ResNet also provides connection facilities for restricted 24-hour access to the university intranet, together with 24-hour access to the internet.
  • For more information on your self-catered options, please visit the Accommodations site for the University of Edinburgh and search by residence name. Consult the available list of options in your Housing Form, as not all residences are available to you.