Things to do in Edinburgh on a student budget

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Things to do in Edinburgh on a student budget

We are excited to have recently welcomed almost 150 new residents to Pure Elliott House; our exclusive student accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh. For many, this is their first year studying at university in Edinburgh, and living in Scotland’s bustling capital.

If you are new to the city, and are looking for fun things to do (on a student budget of course), look no further. We have put together some ideas for you; from festivals and shopping, to museums and sightseeing.

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe: This is the world's largest arts festival, taking place over three weeks in August. In 2017 it spanned 25 days and featured over 50,000 performances of 3,400 shows in 300 venues. If you are all about the arts and creative energy, this is the event for you! Find out more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • The Royal Mile: The Royal Mile is the name given to a chain of streets forming the main area of the Edinburgh’s Old Town. With shops, restaurants, bars, museums, churches and lots more, it will take you some time to experience all it has to offer. Find out more about the Royal Mile.
  • Hogmanay: Hogmanay is the celebration of New Year in Scotland, and in Edinburgh you can experience it all with spectacular events, music and parties. One of the highlights is the world's biggest and best street parties, with live music, DJs, street entertainment and the ultimate fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle. Find out more about Hogmanay events in Edinburgh.
  • Arthur’s Seat: If you are feeling like some fresh air and a bit of a hike, Arthur’s Seat is just a short walk from the Royal Mile, and provides panoramic, unrivalled views of the city. You can also visit the fantastic Holyrood Palace at the same time, and a circular walk should only take about two hours. Find out more about Arthur’s Seat.
  • National Museum of Scotland: The National Museum of Scotland is one of the top 10 UK visitor attractions, and the top 20 of the most visited museums and galleries in the world. The museum houses over 20,000 artefacts to take visitors on an inspirational journey through the history of Scotland. Find out more about the National Museum of Scotland.
  • Whiskey tours: If you are a fan of whiskey, you have come to the right place! Scotland is famous for it, and Edinburgh is home to lots of bars and tours where you can both explore the history of Scottish whiskey, and indulge in a drink or two. Find out more about whiskey tours.
  • Highland games: Sport is a big part of life in Edinburgh, and in Scotland in general. The Highland games is a key event in the Scottish sports calendar, and combines sport, fun and culture in a uniquely Scottish style. Taking place every weekend in the summer from May to September, you can experience sports, dancing, bagpipes, kilts and everything in between. Find out more about the Highland games