Sciennes has 212 single study bedrooms, in flats of 3-6 rooms sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities; a large common room for all residents to use for social and study purposes was added in 2013. Pronounced ‘Sheens’, it lies just on the edge of the Meadows, Edinburgh’s most enjoyed park. It’s a short walk to George Square for those studying in the central area and the shuttle bus to King’s Buildings stops across just the road. The locality can be described as peaceful while thriving at the same time, with a good range of pubs, restaurants and antique shops as well as a multi-purpose arts and cultural venue which occupies the old veterinary school.


Walking Distances*

Bus Distances**

Bus #s

George Square (University Campus)

12 min (1.5 mi)



Kings Buildings (University Campus)

24 min (1.5 mi)

14 min (1.2 mi)

42, 67

Easter Bush (University Campus)


40 min (6.2 mi)

37, 47 and 67

University Gym 

24 min (1.5 mi)



Princes Street (shopping)

26 min (1.3 mi)

24 min (1.3 mi)

29, 37, N37, 41, 42

Waverley Train Station

23 min (1.2 mi)

17 min (1.1 mi)

3, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, N37, X37

Edinburgh Castle

24 min (1.2 mi)



Closest Supermarket (Sainsburys Local):

5 min (0.2 mi)



Closest Large Supermarket (Sainsburys, Cameron Toll):

24 min (1.1 mi)

13 min (1.3 mi)

3,7,8,29,31,37,47, 49

 *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.

  • Self-catered property
  • Common room
  • Shared kitchen facilities
  • Coin-operated laundry
  • Cycle storage


All study bedrooms are equipped with the following furniture:

  • Standard single bed
  • Small chest of drawers 
  • Desk and study chair
  • Set of bookshelves
  • Wardrobe 
  • Bedside lamp
  • Internet and telephone provision
  • Pinboard


Bedding, bedlinen and towels are not provided in University flats. You will, therefore, need to supply these items yourself (such as a duvet, duvet cover, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, sheets and towels).

Bedding packs, comprising of a sheet, duvet, duvet cover, pillow and pillowcase 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.


You will share shower, bath and WC with your flatmates.

Three bedroom flats typically share one bathroom (shower over bath, WC and sink).

Four and five bedroom flats typically share one bathroom (shower over bath, WC and sink) and one separate WC, with sink.

Six bedroom flats share two bathrooms (shower over bath, WC and sink)

Communal facilities and services

Common Room

There is a large common room for social and study purposes. It is furnished with soft seating, TV facilities and a pool table.

Cooking Facilities

This is self-catered accommodation and kitchens are equipped with the following items:

  • Four-ring electric cooker with oven and grill
  • Microwave
  • Set of three saucepans, frying pan and chopping board
  • Kettle
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Basin
  • Dish drainer and pail
  • Sweeping brush, mop and shovel
  • Ironing board (no iron)
  • Crockery and cutlery are not provided.


Students have access to coin-operated onsite laundry facilities.

Cleaning and housekeeping

Kitchens and communal shower rooms are cleaned at least once per week.

Stairs and hallways are cleaned once a week.

Bedrooms are the responsibility of the tenant.

Please note that all of our accommodation is non-smoking, this includes e-cigarettes.


All utility bills included  - there is an average allowance of electricity but overuse can result in additional charges.


Provided by Cover4students


High speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and each bedroom has a data outlet for a wired connection. 


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

University computing regulations

Contact Us

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Academic year Room type and size Bathroom Lease
2019-2020 Standard Single Room Shared £4625.00
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Sciennes, Edinburgh
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