Edinburgh and the surrounding area is an ideal location in which to spend your student years.

As a student at QMU you will have easy access to Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh, and its stunning coast and countryside.


Situated in the central belt of Scotland, south of the Firth of Forth Estuary, Edinburgh is easily accessible from all areas of the UK and beyond. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and continues to rank high in opinion polls. It is a top tourist destination, particularly in the summer months when the city comes alive and plays host to the acclaimed Edinburgh Festivals. The Fringe Festival is particularly enjoyed by students in the city who embrace the month long spectacle of comedy, music, drama, and art. Late December is also a popular time for visitors to ‘Auld Reekie’ as they come to experience a Scottish New Year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations - now one of the world’s biggest outdoor parties!

With four universities and a large further education college, the city is highly populated by students and very student friendly. Much of the culture and activity of the city is focused around student life, with students able to share some of the facilities - such as student unions and libraries - that each institution has to offer. Part-time job opportunities and graduate job opportunities are excellent and many students choose to remain in Edinburgh or the local area following during holidays and after graduation.

Edinburgh is atmospheric and vibrant, with all you’d expect from a capital city: shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, pubs, clubs, supermarkets, museums, tourist attractions, landmarks, art galleries, concert venues, parks, and sports facilities, to name a few. But, for complete uniqueness, the city is home to Edinburgh Castle. Dating back to the 12th century, the spectacular landmark sits in the city centre on the top of a dormant volcano. The city also plays home to the Scottish Parliament.

The campus local area

The QMU campus is located a few miles east of Edinburgh city centre by the coastal town of Musselburgh, in the county of East Lothian. Musselburgh has a population of around 22,000 and offers a theatre, sports centre with swimming pool supermarkets and shops, a racecourse, two golf courses, a harbour, tennis courts, a pitch and put course, a harbour and beach, restaurants and bars, a public library and a peaceful riverside. The campus is only a short walk or bus ride from Fort Kinnaird, a large outdoor shopping complex offering high street chain stores, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. There are also several supermarkets in the immediate vicinity.

East Lothian is a beautiful county with over 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, award-winning attractions, excellent food and drink and the world's finest links golf courses. East Lothian enjoys the sunniest climate in Scotland, great local produce, spectacular natural beauty and year-round recreational opportunities including cycling, walking, golfing and watersports.

A hop, skip and jump to the wider world

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 four hours from London, by train. Air links are widespread – it takes just over an hour to get to Paris, Dublin or Amsterdam. In the city centre, the bus services are extensive, providing frequent links in and around the city. You can check out which destinations you can fly to from Edinburgh airport.

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Johnny Elmer, BA (Hons) Drama & Performance
“The transport links are great. It takes just six minutes to reach QMU by train from the centre of Edinburgh and the buses even come on to campus.”