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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Amazing accommodations

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Review Date Mar 2022

There is a small Tesco near with 5 minutes’ walk. There are many bus stops. And the sunset is very beautiful by the canal.

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We live in a four-room apartment, the living room is quiet big. The bedrooms don’t have desk come with it but there is enough space to put one.
I love the French window,but as someone who stay up every night, the curtains are somehow not working, I got waked up by the sunlight even with the curtains.

Some facilities get broken pretty quickly.

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The bedroom is not as big as the student accommodation.

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Any reported broken facilities, management teams sent people to repair.

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Modern, Secure and Safe

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Review Date Mar 2022

Living in Lochrin Quay is ideal for working in the city centre. Close to local shops, supermarkets, bus links, entertainment facilities, as well as local/tourist attractions.

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The development is modern and practical, however, the walls are extremely thin with very bad soundproofing. Property is maintained at a satisfactory level, however, there is room for improvement. Best facility of the building is the secure underground parking and CCTV system which offer reassurance and security.

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It would have been nice to know if we had access to any more storage (eg in the garage area), or access to a common garden area.

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Building management responded promptly with no issues.

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Great setup in the centre of Edinburgh

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Review Date Feb 2022

Area is right in the centre of Edinburgh, easy to access all the main sights and spots. Very close to multiple shops, as well as very close to the Fountainbridge park for recreation

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The views are great and the flats are well furnished and with excellent setup of amenities such as the bathrooms, the showers. The boiler and energy are very reliable, and internet is provided. The internet is of excellent quality too with barely any lags or outages over the course of a whole year and very fast speeds, perfect if WFH. Karolina, the property manager, is an exceptional manager. She is always very responsive to queries and emails, and ensures there is always someone or something to sort any issues out.

Only drawbacks are probably the amount of space you get for what you pay for is less than other buildings or locations in Edinburgh. That’s probably due to location, the view of the Canal, and the amenities you’re given.

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Probably more insight on the popularity of the location for students. The Canal in summer also attracts a lot of people, so there can be a lot of noise around the canal at night

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Very quickly. Maintenance takes a bit more time but again very responsive

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A gem of place, right in the centre of town.

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Review Date Feb 2022

Lochrin basin is a SUPERB place to live. So close to town, and lovely canal walks. With the upcoming developments, it will also have a lot of new amenities. 20 min walk to Princes street, the city centre. Great views and feels like you are always on holiday when you sit on the balcony. 4 min walk to Tollcross, which is a major bus hub and any smaller shops or restaurants you could want. Can get a little noisy on weekends, but so can any part of living in the city centre. Private Parking is key, each flat gets a space.

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Lovely architectural plan. A lot of light in flats, great quality widows and balconies. Basement Garage is fantastic. Many flats have views over the canal, which is fantastic. 17 yrs old, but holding up very well. Private bins and recycling, which is very handy. Our flats is warm/top floor (compared with Victorian ones) and we only have to keep heating on for 30 min/day. Elevator is wonderful for us on the 3rd floor. The factor is not great at the moment, but this can always change.

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Social housing (2) next door, but doesn’t tend to be noisy. Student flats being built along the way.

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Very poorly. Repath-Bruce is the present factor, and they are very poor.

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