University Guide

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest in the English speaking world, tracing its history right back to 1582. The University play a prominent role in the city's annual festival and attracts over 30,000 students each year.

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University of Edinburgh

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Rankings

    The University of Edinburgh is one of the best in the UK and ranks 30th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2024, and ranks 5th as the best university in the UK.

  • Employability

    The University of Edinburgh ranks in the top 10 in the UK and top 100 globally for employability of graduates. 94% of graduates are in employment or post graduate study within 6 months of graduating.

  • Fees

    Fees for 2024/2025 are £1820 for Scotland students, £9250 for other UK students and vary around £26,500.00 to above £30,000 for international students but individual course fees vary. Specific listings can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    For UK students, seven different Access Awards are available for students. For International students there are three different scholarships available: the Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship, the Robertson International Scholarship and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies International Scholarship which can be found here.


All eligible undergraduates from outside Edinburgh are guaranteed an offer of accommodation at the University. The university offers Standard Singles, Large Single En suites, Standard En suites, Standard plus shared and standard Plus Single en suite from £5431 to £8236 which can be found here.

Students' Union

The students' association has the reputation for being one of the best in the country and has a range of shops, bars and venues, which are good enough to tempt you away from the vibrant city centre.

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University of Edinburgh Students' Union
University of Edinburgh Students' Union

Famous for

Notable Alumni include 19 Nobel Prize Laureates (as of 2019), Peter Higgs, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Richard Henderson.


The university announced that ‘pioneering researchers,’ in the School of Biological Sciences had been awarded £477,015 by the UK government to use ‘cutting edge biotechnology,’ as part of their sustainable manufacturing of chemical products in November 2020.

AFS says

"A firm favourite with students and tourists alike, there’s always plenty going on in Edinburgh. Impressive architecture, stunning natural beauty and a rich history all combine to make Edinburgh a really exciting place to be"

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