University of Edinburgh - Overview and Background

Former Names

Tounis College, King James' College




King James VI

University Type

Public Research University

University Motto

Seek and You Shall Find

University City

    Edinburgh, Scotland
Acceptance Rate


Faculty to Student Ratio



£565.2 million

Campus Size

135 acres

Employment Rate


Official Website Link

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Contact Details



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USPs of the University

  • Active participant in climate change programme under Active Universities Climate Change Alliance
  • First true civic university in the UK
  • One of the four ancient universities in Scotland
  • Summer and Winter school facility available
  • The organizer of major festivities such as the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Science Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, etc.

Jobs and Placements

  • Great placement opportunities with full time and part-time jobs available. Students may take a job alongside academic pursuits.
  • Provision of online portal MyDevelopmentHub exclusively for university students to enhance their employment prospects while pursuing a course.
  • Domestic and international placement opportunities available.
  • Major recruiters include the United Nations, European Union, World Bank, BBC
  • In 2015, the employment level of university graduates was 94%, and out of this percentage, 80% were in graduate-level employment. 

Infrastructural Facilities

  • The university boasts of a sprawling campus spread over a vast stretch of land and are embellished with several buildings designed in line with the traditional architectural frameworks. Major areas include the Central Area, Easter Bush, Western General, and King’s buildings. The campus also holds provisions for several amenities such as cafeterias, bike stores, and common parking.


On-Campus Residence Options Available Include -  

  • David Horn
    • Large Single Room - £6408.00
    • Standard Single Room - £6052.00
    • Large Twin Room -  £3382.00
  • Kitchener House
    • Large Single Room - £6408.00
    • Large Twin Room - £3382.00
  • Pentland House
    • Large Single Room - £6907.00
    • Standard Single Room - £6426.00
    • Large Twin Room - £4486.00
  • Buccleuch House
    • Standard Single Room -  £8883.00
    • Superior Single Room - £8722.00
    • Standard Single Room - £7583.00
    • Large Twin Room - £4753.00
  • O’Shea House - Residence Hall
    • Large Twin Room - £4792.00
    • Large Garden Twin - £5109.00
    • Standard Single Room - £7377.00
    • Standard Plus Single Room -  £7672.00
  • O’Shea House - Cluster flats
    • Large Twin Room -  £4792.00
    • Standard Single Room - £7377.00
    • Standard Plus Single Room - £7672.00
    • Standard Studio - £9039.00
    • Large Studio - £9680.00

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Gilbert Elliott -Governor-General of British India(1807–1813)
  • Sir Dawda Jawara - Prime Minister (1965–1970) and President (1970–1994) of The Gambia
  • Yusuf Lule - President of Uganda(1979)
  • Sir Thomas Brisbane - Governor of New South Wales(1821–1825)
  • Chang Taek-sang (張澤相) - Prime Minister of South Korea(6 May 1952 – 6 October 1952)
  • Yun Posun (尹潽善) - President of South Korea(1960–1962)     
  • Lord John Russell - Prime Minister of United Kingdom(1846–52 and 1865–66)
  • Viscount Palmerston - Prime Minister of United Kingdom(1855–58 and 1859–65)
  • James Mirrlees - Economics        
  • Robert G. Edwards - Physiology or Medicine

University of Edinburgh Location

  • Bus Services 
    • Lothian Buses
    • First Bus 
    • Airlink Service (from the airport)
  • Train Services 
    • Main Train Stations - Waverley, Haymarket, and Edinburgh Park
    • Other Train Stations - Edinburgh Gateway, South Gyle, Slateford, Kingsknowe, Wester Hailes, Brunstane, Newcraighall
    • National Rail or ScotRail - Online ticket booking facility
  • Nearest Airport
    • ​​​Edinburgh International Airport
  • Nearest Hospital
    • The University Health Centre, The University of Edinburgh
    • Chalmers Hospital, Edinburgh
  • Recreational Sites 
    • National Museum of Scotland
    • Edinburgh has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Princes Street Gardens
    • Edinburgh Castle Pentland Hills Regional Park

University of Edinburgh Map Location

Address - Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, United Kingdom

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