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Studying at QMU not only offers you a level of education that is second to none - but provides you with limitless opportunities to explore this fascinating city and Scotland. Whether you're interested in Scottish culture, festivals, history, shopping, dance, politics or business - Edinburgh has something for everyone.

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, is amongst one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world.

Situated on the central belt of Scotland, south of the Firth of Forth Estuary, the city is easily accessible from all areas of the UK and houses an international airport, and ferry port which provides sea links to Europe. It is home to the recently opened Scottish Parliament and The Queen's Holyrood residence.

For students, Edinburgh has lots to offer: numerous libraries, cinemas, shops, clubs, pubs, restaurants, concert venues, theatres, a wide range of sports facilities, great transport links and lots of student housing.

Student services
Edinburgh has four universities and is well equipped with libraries, stationery shops, IT equipment suppliers, printers and cyber cafes to meet all students' needs.

Bars, clubs and music
It is a common fact that students occasionally like to let their hair down after a hard day's work. Edinburgh is jam-packed with pubs and clubs to help you unwind and take a well earned break from all that studying. Pubs range in style: cosy traditional snugs to high-tech internet bars, cheap student bars to upmarket posing palaces, minimalist bars to theme bars.

Edinburgh is a Mecca for clubbers and offers something for everyone - no matter how obscure your taste is: dance, trance, disco, nu-metal, old metal, grunge, indie, rock, alternative, swing and northern soul, to name but a few.

Most of Edinburgh's clubs and pubs offer student discounts on drinks, or offer free entry on 'Student Only' nights.

Edinburgh is often a 'date' for internationally famous bands on tour, new up and coming talent or local bands. Venues range from small backstreet pubs to large indoor arenas.

Shopping in Edinburgh is fantastic. Princes Street, right in the heart of the city centre, offers all major high street chains selling clothes and shoes, records, books and electrical equipment. There are also four large department stores and two enclosed shopping malls in the centre. Further out, there are two large indoor shopping malls and Kinnaird Park, a complex offering everything you could ask for which is very close to our new campus.

Edinburgh's old town is a buzz of smaller, more specialised shops and is very popular with students: vintage clothing stores, boutiques selling creations from local designers, independent record shops, poster shops, skate shops, bookshops and piercing shops.

Cinema and theatre
In the past few years, numerous cinema complexes have sprung up in areas of the city showing the latest blockbusters on the silver screen. All complexes also offer bars, nightclubs, restaurants and even a bowling alley. Smaller cinemas still exist, specialising in independent and foreign films.

Theatre enthusiasts are also spoilt for choice. The Festival and the King's Theatres regularly present a range of touring productions. The Royal Lyceum Theatre is home to Edinburgh's repertory theatre company and presents an exciting programme of drama, with free previews being particularly popular! The Traverse offers cutting-edge theatre and the Usher Hall is renowned for concerts. QMU's own drama and acting students also perform regularly to packed audiences. A treat is also in store for dance enthusiasts with a state-of-the-art facility at Dance Base offering an impressive variety of classes.

There are many sporting events to enjoy in Edinburgh - Scottish Premier League football, the Six Nations rugby matches, ice hockey, golf, cycling and athletics events. There are also numerous leisure centres and swimming pools, a sports stadium, Europe's largest dry ski slope, golf courses, tennis courts, horse riding and much, much more.

Major tourist attractions
If you are seeking culture or history, visit some of the major attractions including the Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile, the Whisky Heritage Centre, Royal Observatory and the new Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh is home to the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Each has its own particular style and all are well worth a visit. The City Art Centre and The Fruitmarket Gallery are more dedicated to the contemporary visual arts. The Royal Museum of Scotland offers diverse collections of artefacts from around the world, as well as many excellent temporary exhibitions. Other museums include the Museum of Childhood, housing a vast collection of childhood memorabilia, the Museum of Antiquities, the Huntly House Museum and Dynamic Earth.

The Royal Museum of Scotland offers diverse collections of artefacts from around the world, as well as many excellent temporary exhibitions. Other museums include the Museum of Childhood, housing a vast collection of childhood memorabilia, the Museum of Antiquities, the Huntly House Museum and Dynamic Earth.

Festival city
In the summer, The Edinburgh International Festival brings music, dance, opera and theatre to the city, while the Festival Fringe offers every conceivable art form, including street theatre and performances in all manner of venues. Fringe Sunday is a great chance to catch free shows and previews in Holyrood Park. There is also the Film Festival, Jazz Festival, Military Tattoo, Book Festival, and many more. The Science and Folk Festivals take place in spring and thousands of people come to Edinburgh from all over the world to be part of the world's largest party - Hogmanay - which helps to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.

Transport links to Edinburgh are excellent - you can easily head north to spend a weekend skiing or hill-walking. You are only 45 minutes from Glasgow or 4 1/2 hours from London by train. Air links are extensive - it takes just over an hour to get to Paris, Dublin or Amsterdam. In the city centre, the bus services are excellent, providing frequent links both in and around the city.

So, by choosing to study at QMU, you'll never be stuck for something to do!

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