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Edinburgh Student Life

Students make up a massive one fifth of Edinburgh’s population. No wonder that there’s so much here for young people to do, see, experience and enjoy. Whatever your interests and tastes, you’ll thrive on the vibrant atmosphere and culture.

It’s beautiful – the city’s Old and New Towns are a recognised UNESCO world heritage site, and it’s busy too, not least because it’s home to an extraordinary number of festivals. August explodes with Edinburgh's festivals, including the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe, Book and Film festivals. Day or night, it’s officially buzzing, voted the best place in the UK for a perfect night out (Amstel/ Virgin Radio poll).

The weather is fair and temperate, with the same annual rainfall as Rome and New York. And it’s surrounded by beautiful countryside - go mountain-biking at Glentress, surfing and diving on the coastline, walking in the Pentland Hills and Trossachs, or even just strolling up the city’s two extinct volcanoes; Edinburgh city region has it all.

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The Capital of Scotland is a great place to live and study, with a wide range of theatres, galleries, clubs and shops to explore, not to mention the plethora of arty bars and cafes.

The Guardian University Guide 2005

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