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10 Reasons Why Edinburgh Is The Best

Are you new to Edinburgh? Are you coming back from an adventure-filled summer? Or have you lived here all your life? Whichever it is, Edinburgh always has a surprise in store! A city filled with a vibrant pub culture, home to fantastic festivals all year round, surrounded by stunning scenery, and – of course – brimming with Harry Potter sights! Here are ten reasons to look forward to coming (back) to Edinburgh in September!

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1. The Water of Life

There’s definitely no better place to embrace whisky culture than Edinburgh! You can join our whisky society on campus, or just wander in any bar, including our own Library Bar in Teviot! Whisky surely is the 'water of life' here! Just don't forget: always drink it neat!

2. Harry Potter Frenzy / Via

Edinburgh is a magical place! Want to see the cafe Elephant House where JK Rowling wrote the story around child wizard Harry Potter and his friends? See Voldemort’s grave in Graveyard Kirk? Or visit the real-life Diagon Alley in Victoria Street or wonder at the impressive George Heriot's School, the inspiration for Hogwarts? It's all possible in Edinburgh!

3. Edinburgh University Campus

The University of Edinburgh Campus was ranked 7th of the UK's most beautiful historic universities. Visit Old College, or roam around Bristo Square - you'll feel the old-time academic ambiance. Or get a beer and a burger at Teviot Row House, the Students’ Association's building. In Library Bar, for example, a beautiful pub filled with old books. The Students' Association also helps you with finding accommodation, feeling anxious about exams, joining a society, getting your ideas across and your interests and needs represented.

4. Leith

If you haven’t read (or seen) the iconic Trainspotting book and movie yet, do it before you arrive! And don’t have the story scare you off – Edinburgh’s notorious district Leith (in which the book is set), has developed into a multi-cultural, vibrant, and exciting place. It's less touristy and more genuine than most places around Edinburgh. Today, Leith has The Kitchin (a Michelin-starred restaurant) a fancy port, and cool bars and cafes! Try Punjabi Junction for authentic Indian food, or have a drink at Leith Depot. On a sunny day, head to The Salvation, have a beer and watch the sunset on the shore.

5. Pubs, Pubs, Pubs

Did you know Edinburgh is home to more than 700 pubs? And they cater to everybody’s taste! Whether you want a traditional pub with live folk music (Sandy Bell’s), a crowded student bar with beds (Brass Monkey), a place to get amazing nachos after lectures (the Library Bar in Teviot) a fancy Gastro-Pub (The Devil’s Advocate), or a speakeasy-style hipster bar with wacky cocktails (Panda and Sons), you won't be disappointed!

6. Coffee Galore / Via Instagram

Coffee junkie? No problem! Edinburgh is home to many amazing coffee houses! Grab some artisan take-away at Cult Espresso or Brew Lab, sip on a Latte in cosy and hip Artisan Roast, eat an exotic cake at Lovecrumbs, or grab a pre-lecture pick-me-up at Baristo.

7. The Great Outdoors

Is there another city with a volcano right smack in the middle? But panoramic Arthur’s Seat is not Edinburgh’s only outdoorsy feat – you can enjoy the sand under your feet at Portobello Beach in 25 minutes by bus, or go hiking in the beautiful Pentland Hills in 40 minutes. You won’t even need a gym anymore!

8. Nightlife

You’ll surely be studying and learning a lot – but Edinburgh isn’t all work and no play! Cowgate is Edinburgh’s hotspot for cool clubs and bars. Catch a live gig at Sneaky Pete’s, rave a bit at Bongo Club, or lose all inhibitions at infamous student club The Hive. Don't forget our own weekly Big Cheese every Saturday at Potterrow - every week it sells out.

9. Festival City

Edinburgh is the world's leading festival city. That means we don't only host the world-famous Fringe Festival, but also New Year celebration Hogmanay, a frenzied three-day party, the International Film Festival with famous actors and independent short films, the Jazz and Blues Festival with amazing gigs ... and and and.

10. Freebies

Students rarely have any money. That’s why it’s good that Edinburgh offers so many freebies! Get your fill of culture at the National Museum of Scotland or one of the many superb Art Galleries. Or skip the gym fee and work out walking up beautiful Calton Hill which offers a panoramic view of Edinburgh. If you feel like smelling some exotic flowers, head to the Royal Botanic Garden, or get some fresh air walking along beautiful Water of Leith Walkway, passing villages, museums, and beautiful spots for picnics!

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