Study Abroad at University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh
Housing Information

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The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, guarantees your housing in one of two types of Edinburgh housing: university residence halls or student flats. Although you can submit your preferences, your choices cannot be guaranteed. Please carefully read through the following options and complete your Housing Preference Form on your Arcadia Passport.

NOTE: A map of central Edinburgh and the locations of specific residences can be found here.

Type 1 – Meal-Plan Accommodation – Pollock Halls

Pollock Halls of Residence - A group of modern halls located just over half a mile from the University center. Accommodation is available only on a full board basis. There are about 1,940 places for men and women, almost all in single rooms, including 500 with private bathrooms. The residents are mostly "Freshers" (first-year students) but also include some International (Non-graduating) and other older students. All halls share one dining hall and student bar. Pollock Halls sit at the foot of Arthur's Seat and at the edge of Holyrood Park. The Royal Commonwealth facilities, which house a 50-meter swimming pool with diving facilities, saunas and solariums, are next door to the Halls and open to the public.

If you are placed in Pollock Halls, there is a standard meal-plan. The meal plan covers breakfast and dinner on weekdays and brunch and evening meal on weekends. Students are responsible for their own weekday lunches. Since those charges do not cover the cost of all your meals, you should budget an additional amount for lunches and meals you may need to buy on weekends if you are traveling.You will be billed the same amount regardless of how many meals you choose to eat at the dining hall within the Pollock area. We will invoice the billing address indicated on your application for the additional fee as soon as assignments are received. Please see Arcadia’s fee schedule for specific details about this surcharge.

What are the benefits of Living in Pollock?

  • A computer lab, restaurant/bar, ATM machine and the information/reception center are all just a short walk from each hall.
  • Pollock Halls sit at the foot of Arthur's Seat and at the edge of Holyrood Park. The Royal Commonwealth facilities, which house a 50-meter swimming pool with diving facilities, saunas and solariums, are next door to the Halls and open to the public. 

Other things you should know about living in Pollock Halls:

  • Catered accommodation provides 14 meals per week and you may need to work around your class schedule and the catered meal times in order to be able to eat in halls.
  • As of April 2012, you should expect catered accommodation to average out at £4.70 ($7.50) per meal.
  • At least one Vegetarian meal option is on the menu each day, but the menu may not suit all vegetarians or vegans. Students who have very specific dietary needs should consider self-catering housing.
  • Pollock Halls are approximately 1Km (15-minute walk) to the central University area of George Square. Several bus routes also run by this area to George Square or the center of town.
  • Bed linen is provided for you. Sheets and a duvet are provided and changed on a weekly basis. You must bring your own towels (or purchase them in Edinburgh).
  • Facilities are available in each hall for washing and drying clothes.

Type 2- Self-Catering Flats

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The University controls several blocks of student flats designed for student living. Some are located between Pollock Halls of Residence and the central campus at George Square. The flats usually accommodate 3 to 6 people (occasionally 10-12 in specific areas) and are mixed gender. All bedrooms are single study rooms (w/ bed, desk and bureau). Utilities (heat/electric) are included in the rent or housing fee you pay to Arcadia. Students are individually responsible for payment of phone bills. Cooking, dining and bathroom facilities are shared.

You must provide your own cookware and cutlery. It is strongly recommended that students purchase these items during their Arcadia orientation in Edinburgh. Our Edinburgh office staff will be able to answer questions and offer suggestions on the best places to purchase these items. It is suggested that £30 should be enough to cover the cost.

For students in self-catered accommodation, the University of Edinburgh offers a bedding pack containing a duvet, bed linen and pillow. Arcadia will purchase a bedding pack on your behalf so that it is available upon arrival. You must supply your own towels.

What are the benefits of living in Self-Catering Flats?

  • You can cook your own meals.
  • These residences have less of a "dorm" feeling; they house between 39-258 students each, and are spread throughout the city (each location has laundry facilities available).
  • A mixture of second and third your students (upper classmen) are more likely to be living in self-catered flats than in Pollock Halls.

Other things you should know about living in a Flat:

  • Flat locations can be anywhere from a 10-minute walk to a 25-minute walk to the University area of George Square.
  • Laundry facilities are available at each location.
  • You must provide your own cookware and cutlery. It is strongly recommended that students purchase these items during their Arcadia orientation in Edinburgh. Our Edinburgh office staff will be able to answer questions and offer suggestions on the best places to purchase these items. It is suggested that ~£30 should be enough to cover the cost.
  • For students in self-catered accommodation, the University of Edinburgh offers a bedding pack containing a duvet, bed linen and pillow. Arcadia will purchase a bedding pack on your behalf so that it is available upon arrival. You must supply your own towels.

Phone and Internet Access

The Accommodation Services at Edinburgh provides ResNet in all campus accommodation. There is a phone in each bedroom, with voicemail and free calls to any other ResNet-equipped room. The phone will also provide normal call facilities to non-ResNet numbers at standard rates. Phone numbers for rooms are given to students on arrival. ResNet also provides connection facilities for restricted 24-hour access to the University Intranet, together with 24-hour access to the Internet. Students may choose to bring a laptop to use in their rooms but will have to print in the computer lab facilities on campus for a small fee. Please note that laptops are not required! Many students use the excellent computer lab facilities available around the campus for all their work and Internet use.


General Information All Students Must Know

Housing between SemestersWinter and Spring Breaks. 

Academic year and fall semester students who would like to remain in residence during part or all of the winter break can stay until the end date on their housing contracts at Pollock Halls or in the Student Flats.

In Pollock Halls, academic year students can remain in residence during both winter and spring breaks, and spring semester students can remain in residence during spring break. According to the housing contracts, students’ rooms are booked for the entire break; they will not need to store belongings.

During spring break we are not responsible for meals or the meal component of any accommodation charges, but meal packages will be made available for an extra cost. It is the student’s responsibility to make individual arrangements and to pay the cost. The cost of housing during breaks will be covered by Arcadia University and billed with the housing fee.

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