City of Edinburgh

The county of City Edinburgh is one of the most desirable places to live in Britain. It’s a county with a rich history and thriving culture, and it’s also the home of many prestigious universities. If you’re thinking about moving to Scotland – or even if you’re just curious about this wonderful place – we hope that our guide will be helpful!

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Best places to live in City of Edinburgh

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Town houses in Edinburgh

Where is City of Edinburgh?

The county of City of Edinburgh is located in the central part of Scotland. It’s bordered by the Firth of Forth to the north and the Pentland Hills to the south.

Areas in City of Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh is divided into a number of different areas, each with its own unique character. Some of the most popular areas include:

Inverleith – A wealthy area located to the north of the city of Edinburgh, Inverleith is home to leafy parks and grand Georgian architecture and is popular with families.

Broughton – A trendy and vibrant area located in the northeast of the city, Broughton is home to a large student population and has plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants.

Pentland Hills – A popular area located to the south of City of Edinburgh, Pentland Hills is a semi-rural location that has great views over the city and boasts a number of historic features.

Almond – A desirable and affluent area located in the southwest of Edinburgh, Almond is popular with young professionals and families.

Inverleith – A wealthy area located in the north of the city, Inverleith is home to a number of large parks and some of Edinburgh’s most prestigious schools.

Murrayfield – A centrally located area that is popular with families, Murrayfield is known for its rugby stadium and has a wide range of shops and restaurants.

View over Edinburgh at night

Leith – Once an independent town, Leith is now a district of Edinburgh and is popular with young professionals. It has a lively nightlife and a strong arts scene.

Stockbridge – An affluent area located in the northwest of the city, Stockbridge is home to a number of independent boutiques and restaurants.

South Queensferry – A picturesque town on the banks of the Firth of Forth, South Queensferry is popular with commuters who work in Edinburgh but want to live outside of the city centre.

Universities in City of Edinburgh

There are several universities located within the county of City of Edinburgh, including:

The University of Edinburgh – Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s ancient universities and has a strong reputation across the world. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Heriot-Watt University – Established in 1821, Heriot-Watt university is a public research university with campuses across the UK including City of Edinburgh. The institution offers a range of courses from foundation to doctoral degrees as well as professional qualifications for business and industry.

Queen Margaret University College – Queen Margaret University College (informally QMUC) is a public university based in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland. The college was founded as Queen Margaret College in 1875 with its main campus located on Colinton Road adjacent to the Meadows and around three miles from the centre of the city of Edinburgh.

Top Schools in City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

There are a number of top schools located within the county, including:

Our Lady’s – a Roman Catholic girls’ school in Edinburgh, Our Lady’s has a reputation for very high academic standards achieved through a selective admissions policy.

George Watson’s College – George Watson’s is an independent day school for boys aged between seven and eighteen years, situated on Colinton Road in the southwest of Edinburgh. The School was founded at the bequest of Robert Watson in 1741, making it one of the oldest independent schools in Scotland.

George Heriot’s School – a private, independent, coeducational day school in Edinburgh, Scotland, catering for pupils from pre-school age to 18 years. The school is housed in a building that was designed by the world-renowned architect Sir Robert Smirke and built in the neo-gothic style between 1823 and 1829.

Royal High School – a selective state secondary school for boys in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Royal High School is one of the four traditional ancient “public schools” in Edinburgh, and seven other such schools operate in various locations throughout Scotland.

St Columba’s – a co-educational independent day school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and the Eton Group.

Population of City of Edinburgh

The Population of City of Edinburgh sits at around 527,620 as of 2019. The county plays host to the capital of Scotland and has seen a rise in population over recent years as people are being priced out of other areas, such as London.

 

Reviews in City of Edinburgh

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Review Date Aug 2022

Living in this area of Edinburgh is ideal for myself and my partner. It’s close to Haymarket train station with good bus links and very close to major financial services firms, which is perfect for a short commute. It’s only 10-15 minutes away from the busy city centre, so it’s nice being within reach but also having the space to breathe and not be disturbed by constant noise. Having the canal a couple of minutes away is amazing for a late-night stroll, the perfect way to end a long day. As the building is built on two of the major access roads of Edinburgh, ambulance noise is frequent but expected when living in the city centre. The streets surrounding the development are also somewhat limited for car parking as they tend to be permit only, so not ideal when having people over.

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Immediately after walking through the main entrance, you get a real feel of the thought and effort the developer has put into the building. From the design of the furniture to the comforting scent that greets you when entering, there is a real feeling of quality with a little hint of luxury. All the staff are very friendly and happy to help. The maintenance team are excellent and to date, all minor issues in our apartment reported in the app have been resolved within a matter of days. It’s very helpful having the concierge there 24/7 and helps make the building feel more secure. The My Moda app is great as it’s an easy way to see all the events which are taking place and ideal for keeping up to date with any announcements. Plus, the ability to use your phone as a key to the building/apartment is such a cool feature! The amenities within the building are great for working, entertaining and relaxing. The rooftop terraces are a great place to bring a few friends for drinks in the evening and when you want to chill, the library is a nice cosy space to curl up with a book. The appliances in the apartment are great. We particularly like how quiet the washing machine is, as it is barely audible.

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The cost to privately book out the amenities was much higher than expected and is somewhat cost prohibitive.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

All minor issues with the apartment have been noted/corrected quickly. All the team are polite and happy to help.

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Thank you for your review,

Like many other residents who have joined us recently, your comments and observations are extremely helpful as we grow. Your feedback around pricing is noted, as value is something we are passionate about.
We hope to hear more from you as you settle into The Moda Life.

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Amanda

A gem in the heart of Edinburgh

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Review Date Aug 2022

An absolute gem in Edinburgh, with Amazing amenities, love the area, it provides a great range of local grocery stores and is located in the heart of Edinburgh. All the neighbours are very friendly and lovely people.

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The development is designed to a sky-high standard and is beautifully executed. There is a communal kitchen with stunning views, a magnificent library and an astonishing cinema room, In my apartment, Includes everything you would want, including a rain shower which is beyond amazing.

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Some of the amenities you need to book through the app after a certain hour (for example the cinema room after 6)

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Maintenance is very quick to respond to any requests I have made.

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At The McEwan, we like to ensure all our decisions are made with residents in mind. Your feedback is essential in delivering this. We hope you continue to share your thoughts and we love having you as a resident of The McEwan.

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Amanda

Really nice

Review Date Aug 2022

Not much bad about the area. The internet connection can be a bit of a problem but can be easily fixed.

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The design is great with the modern style. really recommend it to people who are interested to modern lifestyle and enjoys nice view and somewhat quiet neighbourhood.
The place feels like a community and people are interactive and friendly which you will enjoy.

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The wifi broadband connection

What is the best feature of your home:

The design and the community is great. You really feel at home.

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Really nice

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Review Date Aug 2022

Not much bad about the area. The internet connection can be a bit of a problem but can be easily fixed.

Please review your development:

The design is great with the modern style. really recommend it to people who are interested to modern lifestyle and enjoys nice view and somewhat quiet neighbourhood.
The place feels like a community and people are interactive and friendly which you will enjoy.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The wifi broadband connection

What is the best feature of your home:

The design and the community is great. You really feel at home.

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
4
Management
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