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Plan your visit

To make sure your stay in Edinburgh is as memorable and hassle-free as possible, our local organising team have rounded up their recommendations of where to stay, eat and drink around the city.

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Where to stay 

Edinburgh offers plenty of accommodation options for different budget levels and needs. Here are a few lodging options that the University of Edinburgh visitors have enjoyed in the past.

If you decide to book your own, make sure to check the distance from the hotel to George Square.

When arranging travel and accommodation, please ensure that your booking is refundable. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance. ECPR is not liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation made by participants.

Ten Hill Place 10 Hill Place
Independent hotel run by the Royal College of Surgeons. Popular with academic visitors. 

Km Central 7 Richmond Place
The University runs a few hotels too, and this one is near campus. Use code EVENT for 15% off. 

Residence Inn by Marriott Edinburgh Quartermile, 36 Simpson Loan
Contemporary hotel offering guestrooms with kitchen facilities, right next to campus. 

Ibis South Bridge 77 South Bridge
Economy hotel, located halfway between the train station and campus.

Motel One Royal 18-21 Market Street
Located right next to Waverley Station (and airport bus terminus). Motel One also offers a second branch centrally, by Princes Street, but this is a little bit further from campus.

Jurys Inn 43 Jeffrey Street
Large hotel by Waverley Station. Convenient for transport and just a short walk from campus. 

Where to eat and drink

Mary's Milk Bar Grassmarket
Mary makes the best ice cream in town, maybe in the world. Fact. 

Press Coffee 30 Buccleuch Street
Excellent, barista-led coffee near campus.

Söderberg 27 Simpson Loan and 1 Lister Square
Swedish style café with pastries and lighter meals. A university staff (and student) favourite! 

Thomas J Walls 35 Forrest Road
Large café in a former pharmacy (think dark wood panels and marble). Huge menu selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and foods.

Union Brew Lab South College Street
Speciality coffee place going on its 10th year. 

Please note that some of these venues recommend booking ahead, while others don’t take bookings at all.  

Butta Burger Lister Square
A new burger spot near campus.

El Cartel Teviot Place
Tacos and antojitos right next to the University.  

Howie's Victoria Street
Modern Scottish food, seasonal. 

Lucky Pig at Paradise Palms Lothian Street
Vegan food (vegetarian options available) and cocktails. Popular with students.  

Sen Nicholson Street
Small Vietnamese restaurant using Scottish produce and with a focus on sustainability, located right next to campus. 

The Outsider George IV Bridge
A larger eatery with spectacular views of the city skyline.

Ting Thai Caravan Teviot Place
Informal Thai food right next to campus. Saboteur is a sister company a few doors along, focusing on Vietnamese street food.  

Edinburgh has a huge selection of places for a drink, from traditional pubs to cocktails to wine bars. There are also a number of gin distilleries, and don’t forget to peruse the Scottish whisky selection!

56 North 2 W Crosscauseway
Specialising in gin cocktails but serving a wide range of drinks and food, this bar also has their own gin distillery. Some outdoor seating in season.

The Bow Bar The Bow (Victoria Street)
As traditional a pub as it gets, with accolades for excellent drink quality. Extensive selection of Scottish whisky. Convenient for the restaurants Howie’s and The Outsider. No outdoor seating. 

Doctors Forrest Road
This traditional pub is where you’d be likely to bump into university staff enjoying a drink after work. No outdoor seating. 

The Royal Dick at Summerhall Summerhall
The former location of the veterinary school (nicknamed 'The Royal Dick'), Summerhall, has a great bar (serving bar foods) in its courtyard which you can reach through the box office. Bonus: on-site brewery (Barney’s) AND gin distillery (Pickering’s). Plenty of outdoor seating available all year.