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Official University of Edinburgh Accommodation Thread for Entry 2011/2012

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    PART 1: OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH ACCOMMODATION THREAD

    Applications have now opened. If you are coming to Edinburgh in September (or using it as your insurance offer) you should apply asap! Apply here.

    For details about private accommodation in Edinburgh, see post #2. For links to other threads discussing accommodation in Edinburgh see post #3.

    Before posting questions in this thread please read through post #1, post #2 and post #3 to ensure your query has not already been answered!

    The University of Edinburgh owns a vast array of accommodation throughout the city. All properties are managed by Accommodation Services. They are based in the Reception Centre at Pollock Halls, and can be visited in person as well as contacted in a number of ways. See here for contact details.

    You can view various maps to see where this official accommodation is located throughout the city here.

    You can download the university’s official accommodation guides for September 2010/January 2011 entry here. No guide has yet been published for September 2011, although it’s fair to assume that little will change. Do note that any prices quoted below will refer to the current academic year, 2010/11.

    Will I be guaranteed accommodation?

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    The current policy in place is that you will be guaranteed an offer of university accommodation if you meet the follow conditions:
    Your online accommodation application must be submitted by August 16th.
    You must hold an unconditional firm offer on UCAS by August 30th.
    You must ordinarily reside outside the City of Edinburgh boundaries.
    You must be studying at the university for the full academic year.

    The university does NOT guarantee to provide you with the precise type of accommodation that you want, and if you reject an initial offer of accommodation it is highly unlikely they will make you another one. Couples and families are NOT guaranteed accommodation.

    The guarantee applies to almost all new single freshers, be they domestic or international students. As a rule of thumb, if you are coming to Edinburgh on an exchange from abroad, you will also be guaranteed accommodation. If you are arriving on exchange from within the EU, you must be on an official institutional exchange.

    If you come from the City of Edinburgh and are lucky enough to be made an offer of accommodation it will only be in Pollock Halls.


    Issues with first year accommodation guarantee

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    The accommodation guarantee has caused some issues during for entry in 2008 and 2009, due to the vast popularity of the university! Accommodation was vastly oversubscribed and the university struggled to arrange housing for everybody. The good news is that accommodation services never appeared to compromise on their promise: they have ensured that an offer of accommodation is made to every fresher who is eligible even in oversubscribed years. However, offers to attend the university were significantly lower in the last cycle (September 2010 entry) and consequently there was far less pandemonium than in previous years. The consensus is that it will never be that oversubscribed again but you should be aware! Details of what happened in ’08 and ’09 are below, for your perusal.

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    In 2008, Accommodation Services was forced to lease Portsburgh Court from the private student accommodation provider Unite, and a number of freshers spent their first few weeks in Edinburgh in hostels and hotels arranged for them by Accommodation Services. There were also reports of some rooms in Chancellor’s Court, Pollock being turned into twin rooms.

    In 2009, oversubscription was an even more serious issue. The leasing of Unite accommodation was once necessary. Students were also allocated what would ordinarily be postgraduate accommodation. Accommodation Services also leased some 50 rooms at Jewel and Esk college, 4 miles from the university. A majority of rooms in Chancellor’s Court, Pollock were converted to twin rooms.

    These problems seem to have happened because of the recent surge of students entering higher education, along with Edinburgh’s generous policy that promises housing to almost all freshers even if they select Edinburgh as their insurance choice. In 2009, it became official policy during August when the sheer scale of insurance applicants became evident, that insurance applicants were given lower priority in terms of the accommodation they were offered, and how quickly they were offered it.


    What does this mean in practical terms if you are applying for entry in 2011? You are guaranteed a room if you meet the eligibility criteria, but it may well not be the room you want. If you are an insurance applicant you may well be considered a lower priority when allocation is taking place (although unlike other universities, you should still be guaranteed something). Likewise, allocation is liable to take longer if there are more students who need to be accommodated. And you will only be made ONE offer. If you turn down your offer you will not receive another.


    Applying

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    Applications for official accommodation take place online. Applications are currently not being accepted. For entry in September 2010, applications were accepted from February 22nd - it’s reasonable to assume that the date will be about the same in 2011. Once applications open, you may apply whenever you want. Applications are now open and you should apply as soon as possible here. Accommodation Services do NOT operate a first come, first served system - so you are at no advantage if you apply early. The deadline has been August 16th for several years - but be aware this may change! Ensure that you apply for accommodation before this date, as applications will not be accepted late in any circumstances. If Edinburgh is only your insurance offer you should still apply as soon as you can. Offers are made via the university’s online portal and you will be notified of updated statuses by email. Therefore, ensure you apply for accommodation using an email address which you will have access to at all times throughout August and September. Do NOT use an email address from school, college, work or anywhere else where you will not be able to access your inbox during the second half of August (in general apply this principle to any situation in which you provide contact details).


    Accepting an offer of accommodation

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    Offers of accommodation will not be made until the summer. In 2009, the very first offers went out on June 30th. In order to be eligible for an offer, you must hold a firm, unconditional offer from the university. This means that if you have applied using predicted grades, your offer from the university will not become conditional until your exam results are confirmed (in the case of Highers/Advanced Highers in early August, and in the case of A Levels in mid August). You must accept the offer of accommodation through the Accommodation Services channel on Euclid/MyEd. Acceptance of the offer will include agreeing to your tenancy agreement and payment of a £250 deposit. The deposit is paid by card. You should pay using a card that you are likely to still have a year later, as the deposit is refunded to the original payment card. The card processing site is known to struggle with international cards, so if it won’t accept your payment there’s no need to worry. It is possible to pay the deposit by card, cash or cheque upon arrival in Edinburgh. You should confirm with Accommodation Services if this is what you intend to do.

    Bear in mind that once you receive an offer of accommodation, you only have seven days to accept or decline. After that time has elapsed, the offer will be withdrawn. You do not have to accept, but if you decline, another offer will not be made.

    It is worth pointing out that in recent years there has been a tendency for Accommodation Services to occasionally reconsider. In cases where they have made particularly strange offers (e.g. mature student placed in standard freshers accommodation) they have made a second offer. They have also facilitated “swaps” - where one student has been offered one kind of accommodation but has found someone else they want to swap with. This is all anecdotal however, and is certainly not official policy. So it still stands that you will only get one offer which you have to like or lump.


    Room Sizes

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    There are a lot of questions about the room sizing and whether one should apply for a small, medium or large room. The general consensus of students past and present is that you should always apply for the SMALL room size wherever possible: the difference in size between different classes of room is often marginal, and significant savings in rent can be made if your room is classed as “small”.

    The choice of room sizes is something that was only introduced in 2007. It is commonly viewed amongst students as a ruse by Accommodation Services to squeeze more money out of their tenants. The general rule of thumb in most cases is that paying an extra £10 a week for a “large” room might gain you an extra 30cm width. The larger rooms do not represent good value for money.


    Internet and Phone

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    As of 2009, all data connectivity and telephony in university owned accommodation is provided by Keycom. The standard internet speed is 12Mbps and is included in your rent. If you wish to upgrade this to a premium service you may pay £70 directly to Keycom (this cost may be subject to change). This upgrade is alleged to increase the speed to 20Mbps, however, there have been numerous complaints from those who have paid for the premium service that there is little noticeable difference. The standard network suffers from being somewhat slow and overloaded, and at peak times may struggle with streaming services such as iPlayer. Keycom have provided wifi in most public areas in self-catered accommodation and all public areas in catered accommodation, but this is considered a supplementary service and will generally not work in bedrooms. To see exactly what is available where, see this page.

    Telephony is also provided by Keycom, through their Keytalk service. You are provided with a VOIP phone in your room which has a direct dial Edinburgh (0131) number. Calls to all other rooms within Accommodation Services are free. Outgoing calls are all charged through topping up your prepaid phone account. Keycom pricing for phone calls (as of September 2010) can be seen here.

    University computing facilities are also available at Pollock Halls and throughout the university.

    Mobile phone reception in Edinburgh is generally good on all networks outdoors, although reception can sometimes be intermittent inside university accommodation.


    On site support

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    If you live in a self-catered flat then you will have a team of Resident Assistants (RA’s) living on site, who will be on call 24/7. They will organise events in fresher’s week and throughout the year, as well as communicating important information from Accommodation Services. An RA will always be on duty and a duty mobile phone number will be provided.
    An accommodation manager will also manage your building, with reception hours most days of the week as well as being in email contact. They should be your first port of call if you have queries about payments, require a reference or need to report issues with your flat. If you live in Pollock Halls then you will be assigned a House Assistant, who carries out much the same role as an RA.


    Leaving at the end of your tenancy

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    Accommodation services should provide you with a letter towards the end of your tenancy remind you when the final move out day is. You will be expected to return all keys to the relevant member of Accommodation Services staff by the morning of the last day. You may move out before this date but will not receive a refund for unused rent. If moving out early, you are encouraged to return your own keys rather than entrusting them to flatmates or friends. Along with the reminder letter you should also receive a set of instruction regarding the cleaning of your room or flat. Ensure that you follow these closely, as the penalty for not complying will be charged at exorbitant rates and deducted from your deposit. Consequently it is important to complete your inventory when you move in.


    Catered or Self-Catered?

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    It is important to dispel the initial myth surrounding this choice. Neither is the better option socially - you will not miss out by choosing one over the other. It is really a fairly straightforward choice. Do you want to live in a flat or on a corridor? Do you want a kitchen or a pantry? Do you want a living area or a common room? Do you want to choose what you cook and when you eat, or be secure in the knowledge that there will always be food available at a set time? You do pay a premium to live in catered accommodation, and most students should be able to make a saving on food costs if they are savvy shoppers. Do bear in mind that if you live in catered accommodation, you will still have to make or buy your lunch. You pay for breakfast and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner at the weekend. Pollock Halls is on the other hand, the largest single community of students in the city and there are advantages such as the onsite shop selling all the essentials you may need as well as a cash machine. If you live in a self-catered flat you’ll be much more a part of a smaller a potentially close knit community in the wider Edinburgh cityscape. It all boils down to what you prefer as a person - but there are no solid advantages of the one form of accommodation over the other.


    Twin Rooms in Pollock Halls (Thanks to fwapper for this)

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    Essentially twin rooms are a matter of luck. Most of them are simply normal sized rooms with a bunk bed in. These are miserably cramped, with only a couple of square metres of floor space after the bed and desk. However, if you are lucky you may get one of the twin rooms on the fourth floor of Chancellor's Court. These rooms are two or three times as large as a standard room, and perhaps the largest in Pollock. They have two single beds, and in most cases have large balconies. Best of all they cost no more than the other twin rooms.

    Many of the fourth floor rooms are fitted out for disabled people (low spyholes, ramps into the showers, plenty of space etc.) which is a typical example of the seemingly limitless stupidity of the Pollock management - wheelchairs can't get up the balcony steps and as for when the lift breaks down... anyway the end result is that these giant size rooms become twinned. (There are only about 20 of these twin rooms in Chancellor's Court so it's quite a gamble to apply for one )


    Food at Pollock Halls (Thanks to fwapper for this)

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    The JMCC is where you will be eating for the year if you stay in Pollock Halls. The food it serves is marginally better than your average school dinner, but the illusion of variety disappears after a month or so as by then you will have eaten every meal they make at least once.

    If you don't mind endless soggy, bland shades of beige then all is well, but if you have any appreciation of food whatsoever then it becomes a chore to go. I know about a dozen people who are moving to self catered accommodation after the first semester simply to escape the JMCC. Although it has to be noted that these people are almost exclusively mainland European with high standards for food - one Italian only lasted three weeks before he moved out.

    On the rare occasion they produce something appealing (like jam doughnuts) there is such a scramble for them that they are gone in seconds. The place is also horribly disorganised, understaffed and overcrowded, with bottlenecks forming everywhere as dozens of people stand waiting for food/cutlery/condiments... you get the idea.

    To sum up: if you go to the JMMC hungry the smell when entering will put you off, and at the end you leave full, but never satisfied. But you can have as many helpings as you like.


    Pricing

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    Catered

    Prices for all catered accommodation available for entry 2010 can be viewed here. These may be subject to change in 2011.

    Self-Catered

    Prices for all self-catered accommodation available for entry 2010 can be viewed here. These may be subject to change in 2011.


    Payment

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    You can pay rent to Accommodation Services in a number of different ways. You can pay in full by card online. You can also pay in full or instalments in person at Pollock Halls reception centre. You can pay by recurring payment by credit card. Accommodation Services can also issue an invoice and send it to a third party sponsor, if your accommodation is being funded by another institution for example. The most common means of payment is by direct debit, which can be arranged on a monthly or semesterly basis. Full details can be seen here.


    Insurance

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    Basic insurance cover is included the cost of your rent. Insurance is provided by Cover 4 Students, a specialist student insurer. The cover insures personal possessions on a new for old basis against theft, fire, flood, burst pipes, storm, vandalism, explosion and lightening. The insurance policy does not cover your possessions outside of your room. It is possible to purchase extensions to your policy to cover items such as computers, musical instruments and mobile phones when out of your room - the premiums are generally the market average although do check their competitors to see if you can get it cheaper. See full details of the University of Edinburgh insurance policy here. Anecdotal evidence on TSR in past suggests that they are reasonably reliable as insurers and will generally pay out on genuine claims without too much fuss.


    Car Parking

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    Car parking is available at the following properties: Blackett Avenue, Darroch Court, Kincaid’s Court, Blackwood Crescent/ Causewayside, Sciennes 1, Sciennes 2, East Newington Place, Hermit’s Croft, Robertson’s Close, Roxburgh Place, Warrender Park Crescent, Warrender Park Road. Availability is strictly limited and you MUST purchase a parking permit in order to park in the car parks. The charge for the 2008/09 academic session was £97.20. Parking at Pollock Halls is very limited and currently the official policy is that parking permits will not be issued for use in Pollock. See Accommodation Services' parking page here.


    What does the accommodation look like?

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    The Accommodation Services website now allows you to take a virtual tour of several of its properties. You can do this here.

    We also have a library of photos that various members have taken. You can view it on photobucket, here. The location of each photo is detailed in its title.


    Postgraduate accommodation

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    The university offers guaranteed accommodation to new postgraduate students who are single and from outside the European Union. Furthermore, they endeavour to offer students from within the EU (but not the UK) accommodation on a first come, first served basis. They do not offer accommodation to domestic students. However, this year there was a good surplus of available accommodation and this may happen again in future, in which case there is a good chance of securing university accommodation even as a domestic student. If you are an EU student you should apply as soon as possible for accommodation after applications open. Further details of the guarantee and relevant deadlines for new postgraduates can be found here.

    Details of the accommodation available to new postgraduate students (including addresses, pricing etc) can be viewed here.


    Council Tax

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    Accommodation Services annually informs the City of Edinburgh council that all their tenants are students and therefore are exempt from payment of council tax.


    University accommodation after first year

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    It is possible to remain in official university accommodation after first year. The only residence available for those looking to continue self-catered in a single room is at Blackfriars Street. There are otherwise small 1 and 2 person flats available (although most of these are on a full 1 year lease), as well as larger flats around the city suitable for between 3 and 5 people. Accommodation Services will hold an accommodation fair for continuing students during the early spring, and applications are made in person at Pollock Halls reception centre. Allocations take place on a strictly first come, first served basis. If you want to remain in Pollocks Halls or standard self-catered flats then you can apply to become a House Assistant or a Resident’s Assistant. You will live with other assistants and be the first point of contact for a large number of freshers in your building. You will however, receive a discount on your rent.


    See post #2 for details on private accommodation in Edinburgh. See post #3 for handy links to other threads about accommodation in Edinburgh.

    Disclaimer:

    I do not work for the University of Edinburgh or its Accommodation Services in any capacity whatsoever - I am merely a student here. Any advice given in this thread by me (or any of the other Edinburgh students) is not given as a representative of the university or AS. Therefore, what we say is not given in an official capacity and you are advised to check with the University and Accommodation Services directly if in doubt at any point during your application for accommodation.
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    PART 2: PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION IN EDINBURGH

    Living in university managed accommodation may not suit you, or there may be issues with the supply of accommodation once again this year. So do remember that you do not have to accept the offer of accommodation if you do not want to and there are plenty of alternatives - Edinburgh has a lot of very good flats on offer to students. The following advice is also fully relevant if you are a continuing student looking for new accommodation.

    The university’s Accommodation Services offers a fairly handy overview and guide to private student accommodation in Edinburgh here.

    EUSA also provide some advice on their webpage, along with a flatfinder. EUSA’s Advice Place is also happy to offer impartial advice on accommodation in Edinburgh.

    What do I need to do first?

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    Decide what you want. Do you want to join an existing flat? Do you want to find a new flat with a group of flatmates? Or do you want to live in private halls of residence?


    I want to join an existing flat

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    A starting point is to look on the EUSA forum. This is generally the first port of call for those who want to advertise rooms for rent. Most people looking for tenants on this site will be existing UofE students.

    You can also see what is on offer outside the union office in the Potterrow dome in Bristo Square. Legitimate advertisements will always be stamped by EUSA.

    An alternative is to try the Edinburgh Gumtree page. You will find however, that a lot of posts here are regarding entire flats to rent so it will take some work to sift out the individual room listings.

    I want to find my own flat and some flatmates
    If you are looking to share with 2 or more people who you are NOT related to, you need to ensure that your landlord has an HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupancy) licence for the property. This a strict legal requirement for rentals to unrelated groups of 3 or more adults in Scotland. The legislation provides a great deal of protection for tenants, so do not be tempted by landlords who are prepared to let to a group of 3 or more tenants without an HMO.

    Finding a flat in Edinburgh is generally very easy, particularly if you are able to dedicate a few days of your time in Edinburgh to searching. Most flats in Edinburgh are suited to 2-4 people, so you do not need a large group of flatmates to be successful. There are larger flats for 5-7 people, but these are rarer and you are often charged a premium for them. If you are a continuing student looking for flatmates, then look around you. Do you current flatmates want to continue living with you elsewhere? Do you have friends from courses or societies who need somewhere to live? Look on the notice boards at Potterrow to see if anyone is looking for flatmates. For new and old students alike, looking online, at EUSA’s forums, on TSR and on Gumtree is the best way to find flatmates.


    I want to live in private halls of residence

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    If you want to live in student halls of residence in the private sector then you can turn to either Unite, iQ or Fresh Student Living. Unite currently operate five properties in Edinburgh, on McDonald Road, Lady Lawson Street, James Craig Walk, Potterrow and Chalmers Street. The leases are generally significantly longer than those offered by Accommodation Services, and the prices are substantially steeper. You do generally receive a higher standard of accommodation, but it is all self-catered. Some students love Unite and others hate it, so you may want to read up on the company and find out about other students’ experiences before committing to anything with the company. You can take a more in depth look at what Unite offer in Edinburgh here. Alternatively there is iQ accommodation - another private operator who entered the Edinburgh market in September 2010 with properties on Grove Street and Fountainbridge. They, like Unite, offer a mix of shared “flats” as well as studio flats and all their rooms are ensuite. You do a pay a premium here as well and you can expect a longer lease, but once again the standard of accommodation appears to be good. They are new to Edinburgh but it’s reasonable to assume that reviews, be they good or bad, will be forthcoming over the next few months. So once again, before you commit do your research. You can take a look at what is available here. Finally there is Fresh Student Living's offer at Beaverbank in Broughton. While this is slightly further away than Unite and iQ (expect to spend 30 minutes walking to George Square), it is well connected by buses. Once again, tenancies are longer than those offered by Accommodation Services and the setup of rooms appears to be in "flat" form. Pricing is initially competitive (although this seems to be a promotional offer in advance of 2011/12 only). While they are brand new, the standard of living looks good. For further information visit their website here.


    Landlords and Letting Agencies

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    You want a landlord who is accredited by the Edinburgh City Council landlord accreditation scheme, which means the landlord and the property has to adhere to certain rules and regulations. Not all landlords are part of this scheme and it is generally advisable to avoid ones which are not, esspecially if you are new to Edinburgh or to private letting. You can peruse the directory of accredited agents and landlords here.

    The pro and cons of whether you choose a private individual landlord or a letting agent tend to vary, although there is really no better option. Private landlords are generally easy to contact and are more interested in the upkeep of their property, although it can work conversely if the landlord is a bad one and is uninterested in helping tenants. Letting agencies can often suffer from being slightly faceless and often somewhat overstretched. However, they are far more experienced in letting property and will often directly employ workmen who can carry out repairs etc without having to contract outside contractors.
    There are lots of property management companies in Edinburgh, some with better reviews than others. As in all areas of life, there are good and bad reviews for the vast array of letting agents in Edinburgh; so do some research into companies before agreeing anything with them.


    Finding a flat

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    The afore mentioned websites are all useful in the pursuit of a flat. There are also a number of property search engines where both private landlords and letting agents advertise available properties. The most used ones are City Lets, s1 Rental, Letting Web, ESPC, Letting In Scotland and Student Pad. While this list is not exhaustive, it should provide you with everything you need to find available flats.


    Where should I live?

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    The main student areas of Edinburgh are Marchmont, Newington, Tollcross, Bruntsfield, New Town and Old Town. If you look at a map of Edinburgh, this is the area which is bordered by Queen Street in the north, Holyrood Park and Dalkeith Road to the east, Strathearn Road and Mayfield Place to the south, and Bruntsfield Place to the west. All of these areas are within a 20-25 minute walk of the George Square and are within walking distance of most popular pubs, clubs and shops.


    Pricing

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    Housing in Edinburgh is more expensive than in most cities in the UK, so expect to pay a lot. In general, you can expect to spend an average of £300/person/month excluding bills although depending on where you choose to live and your budget, this can be in excess of £400. Most students in Edinburgh find that it is possible to rent a decent room in central Edinburgh for less than £320. Bills can vary dramatically depending on specific circumstances, but a figure of £25/month/person is a reasonable average to work with. There may be a stair cleaner to clean communal areas and each flat will pay their share monthly. In some cases cleaning duties are shared on a rotational basis by residents. Current residents will generally inform you of relevant procedures.

    Leases are almost always 12 months in duration when renting HMO licensed properties, with little room for negotiation. This may be different if you are in a pair living in a non-HMO licensed property, in which case you may have a minimum duration of tenancy (typically 6 months) followed by a rolling tenancy. Rent will invariably be payable monthly in advance, regardless of whether you are living in the property or not. Many students chose to sublet their room in the summer months to people who are visiting Edinburgh during the festival, or stay in the flat themselves while working in the city. Bear in mind that if you intend to sublet, you should ask your agent or landlord for permission, and that the terms of your tenancy agreement may prohibit it.

    Deposits are usually equal to one month’s rent (often +£100 or so), which can sometimes be used in lieu of a 12th month payment. All breakages and repair costs are generally paid for by the landlord, not the tenants (unless of course you break it by being stupid/drunk). See the section on insurance for more information on this matter.


    Payment

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    Most landlords and lettings agencies will expect payment by direct debit or standing order. Most agencies will also generally allow payment by bank transfer, cheque and cash; but frequently charge additional fees if you choose to pay this way.


    Council Tax

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    If everybody at your address is a student, then you are exempt from paying council tax as well as water charges. In order to confirm that you are exempt you will need to contact the City of Edinburgh council and provide the matriculation numbers of all students living at the address. Some letting agencies state that they will do this on your behalf, but do not rely on them to do this. Legally, you are obliged to inform the council as soon as possible.

    If there are non-students residing at the address then you may be eligible for a council tax discount. You should contact the council, the CAB or the EUSA Advice Place for more advice.


    Insurance

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    In privately let accommodation, buildings insurance will already be held by the landlord. You will however, require contents insurance. A number of landlords/agencies will also require you to be covered by Tenants Insurance. Tenants Insurance covers you in the event of damage to your property; ie if you were spill wine on a carpet or damage a wall, the insurance would cover the cost of rectifying this, rather than the landlord making deductions from your deposit. It is a fairly unusual form of insurance which was seemingly invented by HomeLet to make money. Several agencies will attempt to steer you to a specific provider, but avoid this as a different provider may well be cheaper. Endsleigh include Tenants Insurance in some of their standard student policies. Bear in mind that many insurance policies may not be designed for those renting their homes, so take care when searching that the policies you consider are suited to your needs.


    Car Parking

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    Unless you are fortunate enough to have a parking space associated with your property, you will almost certainly be living in a controlled parking zone. In order to park you will need to apply to the City of Edinburgh council for a parking permit. The current cost for a permit in zones 1-4 (central Edinburgh) is £160/year, and in the outer suburbs is £80/year. See further details on the council’s residence parking permit page.


    What are the properties like?

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    A lot of properties in central Edinburgh are old tenement style flats, with a shared staircase and 2-4 properties on each floor, usually with a minimum of 3 or 4 floors. There will often be a shared garden for which you will have access. Ceilings will be high, rooms generously proportioned and windows often single glazed (bear in mind that all these characteristics are charming but will increase energy bills). Some flats have living rooms but some have been converted into additional bedrooms; in these cases landlords tend to furnish the kitchen in a kitchen/diner style. You will often find that older flats can have several interesting period pieces as well as adequate storage. Rental of houses in central Edinburgh is uncommon as there are very few on the rental market that are HMO licensed, although they do turn up occasionally. There are also a large number of tenement flats built since the 1960s.


    See post #3 for handy links to other threads on Edinburgh accommodation.
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    PART 3: Conclusion and Useful Links

    Conclusion

    So there you have it, hopefully the full and comprehensive guide to accommodation, both university owned and private in Edinburgh, that you were looking for. It is quite possible that some important points have been missed out from these posts, so if there is anything that has been forgotten or skimped on, then please go ahead and ask a question below. Edinburgh students past and present will be more than happy to try and answer as best as they can, and share their experiences of living and renting in Edinburgh with you. Many thanks to oxymoronic for her original accommodation thread for entry in September ’09, which is linked above.

    And remember, to discuss anything relating to application/entry to the University of Edinburgh in September 2011 apart from accommodation, head over to our stickified and officialised discussion thread.

    Here are some handy links that we’ve compiled over the years to other threads - if your question isn’t answered in this thread then maybe it’s in one of these:

    Official accommodation thread for entry 10/11

    Official accommodation thread for entry 09/10

    Official accommodation thread for entry 08/09

    Why did you apply for your accommodation/where did you apply 08/09


    Where is the best place to live in Edinburgh?

    Price of accommodation, artorscience's post in particular

    UNITE at Edinburgh

    Where to live/prices for after first year

    Edinburgh is my insurance choice, do I still apply?


    Self catered accommodation = single sex (in general)

    Last year’s postgraduate accommodation discussion thread


    Detailed stuff:


    Pollock meal times

    Mini fridge? What to and what not to bring!

    Should I bring a TV?

    Should I bring my bike?

    Where can I buy a bike in Edinburgh?

    Can I bring my dog to Edinburgh?

    Are there mirrors in the rooms?

    To access university account when not on university network - ie from home or private accommodation

    Internet and gaming in university accommodation

    Postgrad accommodation thread 2010/11

    Does accommodation allow dogs?
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    Hello

    In addition to all the helpful information above, another option available to students in Edinburgh is iQ accommodation.

    iQ is a private student accommodation provider, with two new sites in Edinburgh at Grove Street and Fountainbridge. iQ opened in September 2010 and our accommodation is open to all full-time students. We have a mixture of shared flats and studio apartments, and all our rooms are en-suite.

    If it's possible to update the second post to include some information about iQ as another option for students, that would be great.

    Thanks
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    iQ information added to the sticky post #2.

    (Original post by iQ Student Accommodation)
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    I'm going to Edinburgh for a term starting January as an affiliate student. Currently, I'm completely confused on which House to choose. My friend told me to go with one of the EGBLT for a good social life, but the rooms look sub-par to be honest.

    I'm going to be taking mostly Political Science classes and perhaps 1 Literature class so if the classification of the houses go by major, do tell.

    Simply looking for socialbility, a good-sized room, ease of transportation, and a decent studying environment (and a nice cosy coffeehouse nearby would be a plus). Hope you guys can help me out a bit. (: Thanks!
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    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1446970

    Please read.
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    Thanks for the link! After reading through, I'd rather choose self-catered but do I have to be 18 in order to live in self-catered?
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    (Original post by yingkettering)
    Thanks for the link! After reading through, I'd rather choose self-catered but do I have to be 18 in order to live in self-catered?
    Nope. I was 17 when I moved into my self-catered flat (many moons ago now).
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    Unless you're some sort of prodigy, I can't see how you will be under 18 in January but able to come to Edinburgh on an exchange to take honours level courses.
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    I just went to college in the States early, is all.

    What is the area for clubs and the music scene? Would it be near Pollocks?
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    (Original post by yingkettering)
    I just went to college in the States early, is all.

    What is the area for clubs and the music scene? Would it be near Pollocks?
    If you're under 18 how do you think you're getting in a club?

    The going out/club areas of Edinburgh are around 15-30 minutes walk from Pollock, although there are a lot of pubs in the Pollock area but like I said, if you're not 18 then it isn't applicable to you anyway.
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    Hello,
    I'm an international student coming over early next fall...
    I'm hoping to go to private accomodations as the couples accomodation by the uni seemed a bit drab-- unless you guys have a suggestion for a house we could stay at?
    My question is- and I spoke with Robbie Willis about this- would it be stupid to go head-first into private accomodation when I haven't even acquainted myself with the area? Should I put off going private until my second year?
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    (Original post by nearlyheadlessian)
    It is really a fairly straightforward choice. Do you want to live in a flat or on a corridor? Do you want a kitchen or a pantry? Do you want a living area or a common room?
    Which is which?
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    (Original post by Kelz_26)
    Which is which?
    :rolleyes: They're in respective order.
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    (Original post by linguisticsforfun)
    Hello,
    I'm an international student coming over early next fall...
    I'm hoping to go to private accomodations as the couples accomodation by the uni seemed a bit drab-- unless you guys have a suggestion for a house we could stay at?
    My question is- and I spoke with Robbie Willis about this- would it be stupid to go head-first into private accomodation when I haven't even acquainted myself with the area? Should I put off going private until my second year?
    Hello

    Have you considered private halls of residence? You get all the benefits of living in student accommodation (such as the social side of things, meeting other people etc) but sometimes you get a better choice of rooms, and more choice over the type of room available to you.

    At iQ we have lots of apartments suitable for couples - a range of different studio apartments and one-bedroom flats. We already have lots of couples living with us this year who have decided this is the best option for them.

    It's maybe something to consider?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by iQ Student Accommodation)
    Hello

    Have you considered private halls of residence? You get all the benefits of living in student accommodation (such as the social side of things, meeting other people etc) but sometimes you get a better choice of rooms, and more choice over the type of room available to you.

    At iQ we have lots of apartments suitable for couples - a range of different studio apartments and one-bedroom flats. We already have lots of couples living with us this year who have decided this is the best option for them.

    It's maybe something to consider?

    Thanks
    How early can I get your accomodation? If I'm starting in September, when can I move in?
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    Of course, it's worth bearing in mind the cost of iQ accommodation too... Not everyone is made from money.
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    (Original post by nearlyheadlessian)
    Of course, it's worth bearing in mind the cost of iQ accommodation too... Not everyone is made from money.
    Is it the same prices for all private accomodation? Do you have any suggestions? :confused:
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    Go to Chancellor's Court in Pollock it's definitely the best!!!!!
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