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Cost of Living in Edinburgh

For many students, especially those in their initial year, the university experience includes their first attempts at budgeting without the direct help of parents. Heading off to study in a city like Edinburgh is always exciting, of course, but it’s worth bearing in mind the cost of finding your feet in the big metropolis. Knowing the rough cost of everything you’re likely to need is perhaps the most important aspect of keeping to a sensible budget.

The largest monthly outlay for a student is likely to be on renting student accommodation, so it pays to look for the right options at the right prices. Once you have set a budget for yourself, it’s important that you stick to it. Thankfully, the easy to use Citylets website helps you to find the ideal living arrangements without having to compromise on the amount you intend to spend.

One look at our website is all you need to find a plethora of rooms, flats and houses which are available for renting in Edinburgh. And you can set the minimum and maximum price on your search to filter out properties outside your budget. This is a vital issue for all students, so it’s reassuring to know that it’s taken care of.

Remember the big things, remember the small things

And once you have secured the most fitting student accommodation in Edinburgh, you will be able to think about the cost of other items that you’ll need. These will include staples such as food, stationery, domestic utilities, mobile phone usage and clothing. The more you plan in advance, the less of a shock it will be when you’ve arrived in the city.

he cost of living in Edinburgh is roughly in step with the rest of the UK, although you need to bear in mind that it’s a city which attracts many thousands of tourists every week, so those establishments which cater to these visitors will often be a little more expensive. Student-friendly bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs are likely to be more sensibly priced, and in many cases will offer you discounts.

It’s a good idea to seek out places which offer reduced prices on specific days. Items such as haircuts, meals, drinks, cinema tickets and entry to clubs will often be less expensive away from peak periods. In addition to this, when you’re planning a visit home, look for rail, bus and plane tickets in advance in order to secure lower prices.

Edinburgh is home to a number of colleges and universities, so you’ll need to get around the city on a regular basis. And while it’s important to find accommodation options which aren’t too far from your university buildings, you will also need to think about getting into the centre of the city as and when necessary. The cheapest form of public transport is likely to be via Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams, and for many students purchasing a season ticket or travel card can be cheaper.

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