- Liberty Living
Private Student Accommodation
Accommodation available in Edinburgh
Located just off Leith Walk, the residence is central to the city and within easy reach of the University of Edinburgh and all the great things that Edinburgh has to offer.
Edinburgh has fantastic transport links throughout the city and beyond, and at Liberty Village you’ll feel the benefit. Edinburgh Waverley station is within walking distance from your new home, so you can always pop back to your folks at your old place if you need to!
Liberty Village prides itself on being safe and secure accommodation, plus its fully inclusive of everything you’ll need to have the perfect student experience.
With an abundance of historical value, this capital city is elegant, cultured and offers so much to students. Our student accommodation in Edinburgh will ensure that you’re able to make the most of your experience at university due to its location – close to the city centre.
Edinburgh for students
Edinburgh is Scotland's compact and hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.
Higher Education Institutions include The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, Leith School of Art and Edinburgh College – there are thousands of students from over 100 countries living in the city.
Edinburgh is steeped in literary history as well. It’s the only city in UK to have a train station named after a novel (Waverley – Sir Walter Scott, if you’re interested), and where one of the most famous book series in the world was written by JK Rowling. You can even visit the café where Harry Potter was written as our private student accommodation in Edinburgh is at the heart of all the action.
There is a huge selection of restaurants and bars in Edinburgh, which cater to all tastes and budgets. From fast food and international cuisine to fine dining, Edinburgh is a foodie’s paradise.
In the city centre, if you want it, you’ve got it! You’ll find burgers for everyone, vegetarian food, international cuisine and more. You should definitely sample some of the many Indian restaurants in the city – we reckon they’re probably among the best in the UK! Local pubs serve great food at fantastic prices, and have a wide selection of beers and ciders to wash it all down.
And of course, you can’t study in Edinburgh without trying some of the local delicacies. Do you dare give haggis a go? It’s definitely worth a try with your new flatmates!
Things to do
Shopping on the scenic Princes Street is a unique experience, but we promise that despite the location’s history, you’ll be able to find all of the latest trends. You can also head to Waverley Mall, Ocean Terminal or to the city’s West End.
Edinburgh’s nightlife has everything. No matter whether you want to go to a bar or a club, you’ll find something right up your street. Whether you’re into EDM, hip-hop, alternative, pop or even jazz, the city is always rocking to a beat that will hit the mark with music and dance lovers alike.
Got some downtime? Take your pick when it comes to cinemas! You can also go to a sports’ game – the locals love cheering on Edinburgh Rugby who play their home games at Murrayfield Stadium.
Arts & culture
Edinburgh is a cultural minefield (but in the very best way). Explore Edinburgh Castle in your downtime, or museums such as National Museum of Scotland, Museum of Edinburgh and The Writers’ Museum. You can even take a ghost tour – they’re among the most famous in the world.
If you’re prepared to stretch your horizons (and your budget) a bit, why not try a night at the theatre? Theatre-goers can choose from The King’s, The Festival Theatre, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Traverse and Edinburgh Playhouse theatres, each providing a truly astounding theatrical experience.
If you feel like having a good laugh, Edinburgh is renowned for its comedy!. It is also home to one of the biggest festivals in the world: The Fringe Festival. Every August, the city transforms into a hub of music, comedy and theatre shows for the entire month – many of which are absolutely free.
And finally, music lovers. There’s plenty here for you, so be sure to check out gigs at Liquid Room or Sneaky Pete’s.
Health & wellbeing
It’s easy to stay fit and healthy when you’re living in Edinburgh, as it’s a great city to walk around. The city has many hills and parks, including the walk up to the castle and around the cobbles, and through Princes Street Gardens.
There are also many opportunities to take road trips up to the Highlands with your flatmates from your student flats in Edinburgh, perfect if you’re into hiking, skiing or snowboarding.
Prefer to go to a gym? There are loads within the city centre and the surrounding areas, and many have students deals and no nasty contracts!
If you prefer to get active on campus, you can join a multitude of clubs or use the facilities at the universities.
Edinburgh has some fantastic public transport links, so it’s easy to get from one destination to the next. The main bus operators around the city are Lothian and First Edinburgh, with both offering some pretty good deals to students. Edinburgh is also served by trains and national coaches, so it’s easy to get to wherever you need to go.
After a night of partying or when you have somewhere to be in a hurry, there are some great local taxi services out there, and taxi apps that you can use as well.
When you stay at our student housing in Edinburgh, everywhere is accessible!
Why choose Liberty Living?
The best choice for international students
Coming to the UK to study from abroad? Welcome! We love catering to students from all over the world and learning a thing or two about their culture. Luckily, we’ve already got plenty of experience with this as we currently have around 4,500 international students staying with us, so you’re certainly not alone.
When you stay with Liberty Living your safety is the most important thing to us. We understand that you’re a long way from home and you want to feel comfortable and secure at all times. We have amazing staff on hand 24 hours a day, from the Residence Team, right through to Security who’ll keep an eye out for you overnight as well as CCTV. Contents insurance covering your possessions is included as standard in your rent, so your stuff is protected, and any parcels you have delivered will be well looked after until you can come to collect them.
Of course, we want you to have fun and make the most of your time here, too. You can always come to us with any problems, or even just for a chat. A new country can be confusing, so we’ve got loads of tips for things to do, too – just ask! Many of our staff members are multilingual, so don’t be shy if English isn’t your first language; if we can’t immediately offer support in your native tongue, we’ll point you in the direction of someone who can. We’ll do our best to help you settle in and make friends, and we can point you in the right direction for any visa, welfare or University advice you may need.
We can’t wait to meet you!
We think we’re pretty great – but don’t worry, we can back it up, we promise! We’ve won tons of awards and we’re eager to win more, so you know you’re in good hands. From ‘Best Customer Service’ to ‘Best Private Halls Provider’, we have our fair share of accolades, so take a look below…
Finalist ‘Best Individual Accommodation in the UK’ 2019
Awarded ‘Best Halls of Residence in the UK’ 2018
Awarded ‘International Accommodation Quality Mark’ from 2012 – 2017
Shortlisted 'Best Private Halls Provider' from 2014 – 2017
Winner 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Student Broadband' 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Learning Environment' 2016
Winner of the 'Contribution to the Student Experience' award 2016
Winner of the Rate Your Landlord 'Improvement Impact Award' 2015
Winner 'Best Learning Environment' 2015
Winner 'Best Student Broadband' 2015
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2015
Shortlisted 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2014
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2014
Winner of the 'Best Hall of Residence of the Year' survey 2013
Winner 'Best Customer Service' 2012
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We have great relationships with UK universities
Our student accommodation is endorsed by some of the UK’s leading higher education institutions and we work in partnership with many of these to ensure that you have somewhere safe, clean and fun to stay throughout your time with them. If you want find out more check out our University partners page.
Your Student Experience
Enhancing your Student Experience
Our dedicated Student Experience programme has been created to ensure that every single one of you has the best stay possible when you live with us. Whether it is coming along to our social events and activities to meet new people, getting involved in fundraising and volunteering for some amazing charities, or popping along to drop in sessions to seek advice on finances, wellbeing and careers, we have something for you.
We understand that University can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, but don’t worry our team are great at giving advice on and mediating in all kinds of welfare issues that you may experience, such as homesickness, difficulty in getting on with flatmates, noise complaints, relationship problems, partying too hard and having trouble with studies.
Also, if you need more guidance, we have great relationships with our University partners and their support departments to help and guide you.
Follow the link to find out more about our Student Experience programme.
Liberty Living operates in accordance with the National Code of Standards for student accommodation. The Code of Standards is run by ANUK (The Accreditation Network UK), the NUS, and Unipol Student Homes, and is supported by universities across the UK.
Liberty Living joined the Code of Standards to give our students peace of mind. You can be assured that you will enjoy a high standard of living in accordance with the Code of Standards, and a prompt resolution to problems should they ever occur when you stay at any of Liberty Living’s residences.
Liberty Living follow a distinct set of standards for our student accommodation, called the ANUK/Unipol National Codes. The purpose of these Codes, (membership of which is voluntary), is to provide students with professional housing services.
The standards chosen for the Codes reflect a balance of common sense obligations and responsibilities between landlords and tenants. They also reflect established best practice in the sector and are based on what an average student and their parents would expect of a good quality housing supplier. The standards are supported by the voice of students themselves through the National Union of Students.
What does being a member of the codes mean?
- Both parties can enjoy the benefits of good standards of housing management and practice.
- Misunderstandings and disputes are reduced.
- If problems do occur they can be promptly resolved.
- The independent complaints procedure operated by the Codes can be used for complaint resolution.
Looking for somewhere to stay over the summer months?
Stay with us this summer at one of our 46 residences across 17 cities in the UK. We offer both short-term and long-term stays.
Whether you’re planning to work, study, shop, attend a conference or explore further afield, we’re the perfect base for an affordable city centre break and offer a wide range of room options.
Did you know, you don't have to be a student to stay with us over the summer? All bills and internet access are included, and you’ll feel safe round-the-clock with our 24-hour security and on-site maintenance teams.
Find out more about our summer accommodation.