Situated at Pollock Halls and overlooked by Arthur's Seat, one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks and a local favourite for hiking and outdoor exercise, the accommodation offers easy access to Edinburgh's central area, and is within 25 minutes walking distance of both the George Square and King's Buildings university campuses. Baird has 167 single bedrooms and one large common room.

Baird House detailed access guide 

Location Walking Distances* Bus Distances** Bus #s

George Square

(University Campus)

18 min (0.9mi) N/A N/A

Kings Buildings

(University Campus)

29 min (1.5mi) 22 min (1.5mi) 3, 7, 8, 29, 31, 37, 47, x37

Easter Bush

(University Campus)

N/A 50 min (6.5mi) 67 (direct, 43min), 37, 47 (with walk 50 min)

University Gym 

15 min (0.8 mi) N/A N/A

Princes Street


32 min (1.6 mi) 24 min (1.6 mi) 30, 33, 51, X95

Waverly Train Station

26 min (1.3 mi) 17 min (1.3 mi) 30, 33, 51, X95

Closest supermarket

(Sainsburys Local)

9 min (0.5 mi) N/A N/A

Closest large supermarket

(Sainsburys Cameron Toll)

20 min (1.1 mi) 15 min (1.1 mi) 3, 7, 8, 29, 31, 37, 47, 49, N37


*Duration of journeys and distances are approximate and provided by Google Maps.

**Bus services are provided by Lothian buses and are subject to change. Visit their website for more info: The duration of journeys and distances are approximate and provided by Google Maps.



All study bedrooms are equipped with the following furniture:

  • Standard single bed
  • Small chest of drawers (with one lockable drawer)
  • Desk and study chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Easy chair
  • Set of bookshelves
  • Wardrobe
  • Wall mounted pin-board
  • Sink
  • Internet and telephone provision


Bed linen is supplied at Pollock Halls. Bed linen comprises of a duvet cover, sheet and pillowcase. These items will be laundered every week.

Duvets, blankets, pillows, and towels are not provided. You will, therefore, need to supply these items yourself.

Bedding packs, comprising of a duvet and a pillow, can be purchased from the University (at an additional cost) using the order form link in your offer details. However, these packs are only available to students at beginning of lease. 

Communal facilities and services


There are three shower rooms with sink/WC and one bathroom with bath and sink/WC per 18 students in each wing of the building.

Students have access to each wing of the building.

Common Rooms

There is one large common room at Baird House, this is furnished with soft seating, tables and TV.

Snack preparation areas

The communal pantries have snack preparation areas and are equipped with the following items:

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle

The pantries are furnished with sofas, coffee tables and stools.


Baird House has access to communal, coin operated, laundry facilities.

Cleaning and housekeeping

Study bedrooms in all houses are thoroughly cleaned once a week.

Please note that all of our accommodation is non-smoking.


All utility bills are included


Provided by Cover4students


High speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and each bedroom has a data outlet for a wired connection. A VOIP telephone is provided in each room.


Use of the internet services is subject to the the University of Edinburgh computing regulations and those of the service provider for the property:

University computing regulations

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Baird House
Academic year Room type and size Bathroom Lease
2018-2019 Standard Single Room Shared £6614.00
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Baird House, Pollock Halls of Residence, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh
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