As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a buzzing city with lots on offer for students. There are 4 universities in the city and together they offer places of study to over 100,000 students. There are many traditional pubs scattered around the city centre, particularly in the Grassmarket area of the Old Town, although these tend to be tourist traps and drinks can be overpriced. The Three Sisters pub is great for pre-club drinks as it is lively and always full of students. The pub has three bars and an open-air courtyard, which is great in the summer. City Nightclub is popular with students; Monday night is designated student night and offers cheap drinks and enough space for 1500 people to dance the night away.
One of the many advantages of living in Edinburgh is the thriving theatre and concert scene on offer all year round. The Edinburgh Playhouse is Europe’s largest theatre and provides a varied range of musicals, comedy and performance events. Bedlam Theatre is right in the heart of the city centre and is a great option for students on a budget. The theatre regularly hosts student theatre nights.
Edinburgh is famous for the annual Edinburgh Festival, which takes place over four weeks in August. The festival is the largest performing arts festival in the world and attracts over 1 million visitors every year. Students in the city centre should take advantage of the festival, as there are a number of student discounts available at many of the theatres and concert halls and an abundance of street performers who perform for free – although it is customary to make a donation to the performer if you watch their show, as this is how they make their living!