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The third most popular university in the United Kingdom based on its volume of applicants per year, the University of Edinburgh is situated in the capital city of Scotland. Many of the historic university buildings go back to 1583 when the University was founded and are situated across the city. New buildings have also since been added to encompass the expansion of the University. Despite being spread throughout the city, the University buildings are all within walking distance of the University accommodation, other buildings and the city centre and Edinburgh also provides plenty of public transport.
The University is ranked 1st in Scotland, 5th in the UK and 20th in the world rankings (2011-12). It is also recognised as one of the world’s leading research universities, particularly for Veterinary Medicine, Informatics, Mathematics and Art. The three colleges in the University are the College of Humanities and Social Science, the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering.
There are multiple Students Union buildings due to the spread out nature of the university across the city, including Teviot Row House which is thought to be the oldest student’s union building in the world. The students union offers bars, cafes, nights out during the week, a place for advice and over 260 clubs and societies to get involved in. Clubs range from the astronomy club and Amnesty International Society to the Paintball society.
Edinburgh has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment. Edinburgh castle is the cities most popular attraction but there is also plenty more to visit including the National Gallery of Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland. The city hosts the Edinburgh festival each year including the Fringe, International festival and The Military Tatoo. Jazz and Blues festivals are held throughout the year along with the Film Festival and there are theatres and multiplex cinemas for more visual entertainment.
There is a wide variety of sporting opportunities to get involved with in Edinburgh. The city is highly accessible by bike and close by is the Pentland Hills which can be explored by mountain bike. Artificial ski slopes, wakeboarding and climbing are also available throughout the year as well as numerous golf courses and also dance classes for beginners through to experts. If you would rather be a spectator, there are football grounds and rugby pitches close by. The University itself has a Centre for Sports and Exercise which includes several gyms, a swimming pool and its own climbing wall and offers 63 sports clubs. The Centre has been given a 5* rating from the Sunday Times.
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I came to Edinburgh despite their very poor performance in student satisfaction, as the University has a good reputation. Edinburgh is brilliant although the winter is rather cold. French is not too bad, but the department of Spanish is the worst you can think of. The teachers just don't care about you and it is so difficult to get any help from them when you need it. Feedback is always unhelpful. Honestly you will get fed up of reading bad, boring novels.
I really love Edinburgh uni campus, it's very open l, clean and full of life. The only real complaint I can make is the student shops and union ran EUSA are ridiculously expensive for no good reason at all. Don't even get me started on the VKs which cost £2.90. There pubs in Edinburgh that sell pints for £2.90 it doesn't make any sense. EUSA have enough money as it is why do they need to rip off students who are paying fuck tonne to study here.
Campus and facilities are excellent. Not a part of any clubs as my course is very time consuming but have friends who are and love them. There was also a lot on offer. Student union is excellent. Not yet used the careers service and in terms of wifi a lot of people complain but I have never had a problem with it.
The campus is great, as are the clubs and the student union club (big cheese), although the drinks in the SU are a little expensive. I can't say I've ever used the careers service, but the uni wifi is generally pretty good
Library is great but you end up waiting an hour for a seat sometimes as its way to small. The wifi is secure and you get logged in at any university site automatically, its usually pretty fast everywhere except the library where it really struggles because of how many people that are using it in one place which isnt great.
Great university, To choose to live in the centre of the city would be much more convenient for everything. If you were a medical school student, it was also very convenient to take the bus to the Little France campus, where many medical-related departments and laboratories were located there.
1. Central campus: everything close and lecture halls + food good. Library bar at Teviot, good food, good music. Potterow venue for Big Cheese Saturday parties. 2. Lots of clubs to join, active communities 3. Can usually find space at library, group (3 or more) study space a little challenging to find. Computers, plenty of books, many quiet areas. 4. Student union: support for reps. They make an effort to engage with students and improve things. 5. Careers service: pretty active and offers weekly support and possible 1-1 talks 6. Internet works well. 7. Web interface (myed and LEARN) is a bit of a hassle in the start, but figured it out eventually. Would be nice if they invested more in IT and gave an intro course into the system (I've heard some courses like Biology get an intro, but I didn't)
University is what you make of it but Edinburgh has provided me with an excellent experience. There are so many vibrant societies that I have been able to throw myself into and I know I have made friends for life. The campus itself is always exciting with the diversity of people and buildings.
I am just going into my second year of Film and TV Production in Edinburgh College of Art 9which is now part of the university) and I love it. Edinburgh has such great library facilities, they care about their students and all of my tutros have been great.
Edinburgh is a top class university. It is right in the city centre so the campus is the perfect for location for socials as well as studying. There are soooo many society's and awards ceremonies that take place to honour there achievements. If you have a degree from Edinburgh, your sorted... Plus, you can always get your CV or intern applications checked over by the careers service!
I have had a an amazing first year at Edinburgh University, it's a big uni but still managed to make you feel like you're noticed. Your concerns mean something. The library is my favourite place, the learn system is very useful. Societies, specifically Cricket, have made my time outstanding.
I love this uni: great range of subjects, the lectures are fantastic + the societies are loads of fun: I went to Athens with one society, and I've also been to poetry readings and pub crawls and all sorts of other things. And the city is so beautiful!
It's just a great place to learn! Everyone aims to help the best they can. Lectures are always full of the info you need and the reading materials and online work always help summarise. Also lets not forget you get to study in such a great city and experience all it has to offer.
Great university, lovely people and world class facilities. The staff are friendly and are always willing to help anyone who seeks out help. There are a huge number of clubs and societies to choose from. Edinburgh itself is a fantastic city with so much to see and do, including a vibrant nightlife and a great summer festival.
Don't know what everyone's complaining about. I'm doing psychology BSc (with biology courses) and have found both the George square and kings campuses to be amazing. There's nothing I can criticise about my uni experience so far.
U of E has a huge, colourful student body and just about every society you can think of, many of which could help jumpstart a career. Amazing nightlife, endless vintage shops and independent cafés, and a serious herd mentality within the student population.
I absolutely love studying at the University of Edinburgh and am so proud to say I'm a student there! I have had so many amazing opportunities through the university from fully funded travelling trips, leadership roles and positions in societies that will be of great use for my future.
I've enjoyed every day I've spent at Edinburgh - the campus and lecturers are brilliant, the course is interesting and challenging and the city is just beautiful. Coming to Edinburgh Uni was the best decision I've ever made.
Fun university to go to. Very diverse with the city/campus life put together which makes it great. In a great location with plenty to do. Actual lectures were no where near as good as I thought it would be. Tonnes of socials available and clubs to join in.
Lecturers and the union need to improve their relationships with the students. Lecturers do not teach the theory well. Mark schemes are not given for past papers, so we're never knowing what we're doing is right. The union does not care for the rest of us. They only seek to improve their careers down the line.
Absolutely brilliant, got everything you could need alongside a world class degree! the city is beautiful, nightlife is lively with options for everyone. There are so many societies, from comedy to trading, debates to a student led think tank. Edinburgh's a world leading university so career opportunities are better than most! the university and city is welcoming, students friendly and staff encouraging!
I absolutely love Edinburgh - yes, the union is still recovering, and yes, some of the teaching isn't up to scratch, and yes, we have a broken lecture theatre... However, there are enough people willing to put their time and effort into our union (have you seen the building?!), enough excellent staff members to make sure you can always get the help you need, and we do have some fabulous labs (come on, we do quantum experiments in third year physics!)... On top of all that, we have one of the most stunning campuses in the world, dozens of places to work and socialise, and some absolutely fantastic societies who are all waiting to welcome you.