Two exchange students standing with their host outside a house.

Accommodation for International Students

There are many different accommodation options in Edinburgh. Here we have listed those we think offer the best value for money and suitability for College students. 


Live with a local host or host family on a half-board or self-catering basis. Homestay is a great way of learning more about the life and culture of Edinburgh and to practise everyday English language skills. The cost of Homestay accommodation can vary depending on whether you choose self-catering or half board (dinner and breakfast provided) options. All utility bills are included in the weekly cost. If you are looking for a “home away from home” this could be the perfect choice for you.

On-campus accommodation

We have two on-campus student residences at our Milton Road and Granton campuses. Our accommodation provides a suitable base for studying at Edinburgh College with great transport links across the city.

Milton Road accommodation

Private student residences

There are private student halls of residence in Edinburgh which are not owned by the College but aimed at students at the city’s universities, as well as the College. The weekly cost is usually higher than homestay accommodation. Most have a good central location with bus connections to the College.

Recommended private student residences:

Private rented accommodation

If you plan to rent a flat or apartment yourself, it is important to consider additional costs such as electricity/gas bills and Council Tax (a local council payment which some students may need to pay). It is also important to understand any contract you are asked to sign for private rented accommodation. The following websites are useful for finding a flat-share or private rented flat:

The International team organised homestay accommodation for me near to the College. Living with a local family has been a great experience. They’ve really helped me a lot since I arrived here
Zaeen Rahim - International Foundation Programme India
homestay host with International students

Become a Homestay Host

If you have a private and comfortable spare bedroom in your home and enjoy meeting new people, why not join the Edinburgh College Homestay Host Network?

Find out more

Courses for International Students

Applications, Fees and Information

Access Courses

If you wish to progress to Higher Education courses or university, but do not currently meet the entry requirements.

Access Courses

Higher Education Courses

HNC and HND are advanced qualifications equivalent to the first two years of study at university.

Higher Education courses

English Language Courses

Improve your English language skills for further study, career development, travel or enjoyment.

English Language Courses

English Plus

Get a taste of the College experience: Learn English and explore a range of vocational subject areas to inspire further study or career ambitions.

English Plus

Summer School

Learn English and make friends from around the world. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and picturesque city of Edinburgh.

Summer School

Bespoke Programmes for Schools and Groups

We develop bespoke courses for schools and groups, for delivery in Edinburgh, online or overseas.

Professional Training and Consultancy

Professional Training

Short courses, qualifications and bespoke training for professionals and organisations looking to up-skill and re-skill.

Professional Training and Consultancy

Teacher Training

Qualifications, bespoke training and short courses for English Language Teachers.

English Language Teacher Training