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Quiet city-centre studio apartment near University and Greyfriars Kirk

A centrally located studio apartment with a standard-size double bed (sleeps 1–2) on the lower ground floor just beside the main University of Edinburgh central campus area within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 2Sleeps up to 2
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Lower ground floor (no lift)Lower ground floor (no lift)
  • Electric heatingElectric heating
  • TVTV
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Shops within 100 metresShops within 100 metres
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Cot/Highchair on requestCot/Highchair on request
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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The studio apartment has a living area with sofa and a study area behind

The studio apartment has a living area with sofa and a study area behind

 

  • sleeps one or two
  • studio apartment with standard-size double bed
  • living area with study corner; kitchen and shower room
  • a pleasant retreat beside The University of Edinburgh

This centrally located studio apartment is on the lower ground floor beside the main University of Edinburgh campus area, near to George IV Bridge, close to the historic Royal Mile, within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections. It is conveniently situated for the University. 

The studio apartment has natural light but no view to the street. There's a living area with sofa and a study area behind; in the same space is the standard-size double bed and there's a galley kitchen separated from the main area. The shower room has a walk-in shower, hand basin and WC.

The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a fridge, cooker and microwave. A washing machine is usually available by arrangement, and there's a nearby laundrette which will carry out a same-day or next-day service wash.

The apartment has electric central heating. Local taxes and the price of reasonable use of electricity is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

A view along Bristo Place towards George IV Bridge and Greyfriars Bobby with the gothic spire of the Edinburgh International Festival Hub in the background

A view along Bristo Place towards George IV Bridge and Greyfriars Bobby with the gothic spire of the Edinburgh International Festival Hub in the background

The apartment is opposite the McEwan Hall and the main campus of the University of Edinburgh (established in 1582). It's near to the University's landmark buildings Old College (the Faculty of Law) and the Medical School. Beyond the University lie the Meadows, a large area of open parkland. The Meadows were originally under water: the Burgh Loch, which was drained in 1740, was one of Edinburgh’s main water supplies. The area is now one of the city’s biggest green spaces, ideal for jogging. There are public tennis courts, a children’s playpark and Bruntsfield Links Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in the world, where you can have a round of pitch-and-putt.

Around the corner from the apartment are the National Museum of Scotland, an award-winning modern building that holds the national collections, and the adjoining Royal Scottish Museum, an impressive Victorian building that houses international collections of decorative arts, science, industry, archaeology and the natural world. The Tower Restaurant on the top floor of the Museum of Scotland has terraces with spectacular views over the city.

The apartment is near to Greyfriars Church (built in 1620) and churchyard. There are many tales attached to Greyfriars, perhaps the most famous of which is that of Greyfriars Bobby, a faithful Skye terrier. So devoted was the dog to his master John Gray that when Gray died and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, Bobby kept guard over the grave for fourteen years until his own death in 1872. The dog is buried close to his master and his faithfulness is commemorated in a statue opposite the entrance to the churchyard at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the churchyard was a haunt of the ‘Resurrection Men’: body-snatchers who would dig up fresh corpses to sell for dissection to anatomists at the nearby medical school. You can find out more about Edinburgh’s grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile (see, for example, Mercat ToursWitchery Tours and Mary King’s Close). The church is an atmospheric concert venue and there are regular recitals and concerts throughout the year, including during the Edinburgh Festival.

From the apartment it is a short walk along George IV Bridge to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle or down Candlemaker Row to the picturesque Grassmarket and the more earthy Cowgatecentre of the city’s nightlife. The Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. Don’t miss Victoria Street, one of the most charming streets in the city, with its colourful mix of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars; it snakes down from George IV Bridge to the Grassmarket. Edinburgh’s main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants and bars to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful cafés to fine dining establishments. The Hub (the official centre for the Edinburgh International Festival) and the Festival Fringe office are on the Royal Mile, and you can easily walk to many of the Festival venues. You are also ideally placed to enjoy the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year festivities.

Getting there

The apartment is about a 20-25-minute walk from the tram stop "Princes Street" (which runs directly from/to Edinburgh Airport) and a 20-minute walk from the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

There is metered parking on Chambers Street, though the maximum parking period is 2 hours. Parking on meters and single-yellow lines is free from 6.30pm to 7.30am; please check on-street signage for exact times of parking restrictions; parking is forbidden at all times on double-yellow lines. Edinburgh Quartermile Car Park is a 2-minute walk away from the apartment. The car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click on this website  and you can search for “Edinburgh Quartermile”.

All tenement apartments in Edinburgh are accessed by shared stairways, which tend to be functional more than luxurious, although the entry-phone system ensures the security of the stairway. There is no lift and thus no wheelchair access. The apartment is on the lower ground floor with stairs from the ground floor down tot he apartment.

Edinburgh has an efficient public transport system run by Transport for Edinburgh. Trams and buses run throughout the city from early morning till midnight, after which there is a reduced night service. Transport for Edinburgh's information office is on Waverley Bridge.

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