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Edinburgh Napier University (formerly just Napier University) is a new university in Edinburgh, based around a number of campuses. It gained university status in 1992, but was formerly Napier Technical College (founded 1964). The four main campuses are Merchiston, Craighouse, Craiglockhart and Sighthill and they are all based in and around Edinburgh. Medical campuses exist at other locations around the city and several other buildings within Edinburgh are also used by the uni.



Napier has 7 libraries. While this is not 1 for each campus, it is one for the majority of the campuses available.

Campuses which have library facilities include:

  • Canaan Lane, Comely Bank, Craighouse, Merchiston, Craiglockhart within Edinburgh
  • Livingstone in West Lothian
  • Melrose in the borders

Each library is tailored to meet the needs of the specialities studying at that campus.

The library catalogue is called NUIN. This is available on the university web page or at special terminals within each library. This provides access to the details of the library collection, and links to the electronic resources available. The library claims to have access to over 9000 e-journals, with access available on or off campus. The catalogue also has access to the personal borrowing account information and you can use it to renew materials if needed.

The libraries are open upto 7 days a week with extended opening hours throughout busy periods such as exam time.

Each library provides:

  • Access to study materials
  • Borrowing to students and other people on application
  • Quiet and silent areas to study in
  • Individual and group study areas
  • Photocopying

Merchiston and Craiglockhart also have self service machines and information points.

All libraries have IT facilities and access to audio-visual materials.

An area for students which special needs is available within the Merchiston campus library.

IT and Computing

Computer access is good at all Napier campuses.

Wireless internet access is also available throughout Napier buildings.

There are 1250 pc's available and 500 Macs. In addition, 500 pc's are available on a 24 hour basis.

Electronic resources are available on or off campus.

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Edinburgh, UK
Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ.
08452 60 60 40
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There are 2 main sports centres for students to use. These are located at the Sighthill campus and a new fitness suite at Craiglockhart campus.

Sighthill Sports Centre

This includes facilities for badminton, basketball, 5 aside football, squash and volleyball with a fitness suite also available. It is open term time, from 9-5 monday to friday.

Craiglockhart Campus

This fitness suite opened in 2007. It has a wide range of equipment, including:

  • Cardio-vascular and resistance equipment (weights)
  • Fitness balls, weighted bars, abdominal cradles, small aerobic hand weights, exercise steps, a matted area for stretching / warm up or individual circuits
  • Training cards, programmes & full advice on training and exercise are available to our members
  • Showers and secure lockers

This building is open from 11am-7pm Monday to Friday.

Membership to use Napier sports facilities costs £70 a year.

Sports Clubs

Napier has a wide range of clubs available to join including archery, hockey, football, tennis and snow sports with a range of others. To join a membership to the Napier Students' Association Sports Union is required which costs £10. This membership gives free access to Edinburgh Leisure facilities and discounts at the Centre for sport and exercise at the Pleasance.

Napier sports teams also compete in the university leagues.


The Union runs a welfare unit where free and confidential welfare service can be provided. This is available at all the major Napier sites to provide advice and help on matters such as:

  • student finance and funding
  • budgeting and debt counselling
  • accommodation and housing rights
  • tenancies and leases
  • employment rights
  • visas and immigration
  • consumer rights

Nightline is a student run, annoymous and confidential listening service and is open every night of term. Nightline has both a telephone and an online service. The telephone service is open from 8pm until 8am and the online "msn style" elistening also opperates from 8pm until 8am. The service is a listening one, meaning the Nightliner will listen to anything the caller wishes to talk about, for however long the caller wishes or needs to stay on the phone/the internet. Nightline is also an information service, meaning students can phone for details about anything within Edinburgh or the university, from lecture times and room changes to taxi numbers and cinema listings. Students can also attend training and volunteer as a Nightliner. Nightline website - E listening link



All students are encouraged to join a local GP practice. Help on this is available during Freshers week.


There are numerous dentists avaialble in the local area for both private or NHS work, although it is not guaranteed a NHS dentist will be available. In addition, Edinburgh has a emergency service at the hospital, and information about this is available from the university nurse.


In non life threatening emergencies students are encouraged to contact NHS 24.

Mental Health

Napier has access to counselling, hypnotherapy, coaching, couple therapy, relaxation and stress teaching, to prevent any problems affecting health or study.


All campuses have access to either dining rooms, coffee shops or at the very least vending machines to prevent hunger affecting the study. In Merchiston the Triangle is very popular and between 3 pm and 6 pm stoneground pizzas are made to order within 10 minutes.

There are local food shops available within walking distance of most campuses.


There are several eating places within each campuses.

Comely Bank

A small facility is available which is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 2.30pm. It is located in the centre of the building just off reception. Hot breakfasts, a range of healthy snacks and light lunches are its speciality.


This is located on the ground floor in New Craig and is open daily Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm. It provides excellent breakfast, a quick snack or a freshly made baguette from our deli bar. A range of daily specials are usually available with a choice of healthy homemade soups.



The Cybercafé is at the hub of Craiglockhart Campus and is a great place to meet between lectures for a quick coffee and a chat. Delicious Delice de France muffins with speciality coffees are available. The Cybercafe is open Monday to Thursday 7.30am – 6.30pm, Friday 7.30am – 5.00pm and Saturdays during term time.

Hydra café

Hydra café is located at the end of the corridor in the old building and provides hot snacks or soup and a sandwich or freshly filled baguette. Hydra is open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4pm.

Chapel Dining

The Chapel Dining Room is located next to Hydra and provides traditional hot lunch or soup and salad. The Chapel is open daily over lunchtime between 11.30am and 2.30pm.


Apex café

Apex café is open Monday to Friday 8.15am – 5pm and also on a Saturday 10am – 3pm during term time. You can buy freshly made bean to cup coffee, sandwiches, soup, muffins, tray bakes and cold drinks in a modern café atmosphere.

Triangle Restaurant

Triangle is open Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am – 5.00pm on Friday. Triangle is a busy modern restaurant serving breakfasts, snacks and lunches. You can also have a freshly made baguette filled to order from our popular deli bar. New 10" stoneground pizzas are cooked to order from 3pm - 6pm. These authentic pizzas take only 10 minutes from ordering and are proving a real hit.


The Court, Sighthill is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2.30pm for breakfasts, coffee, light lunches, salads and baked potatoes.


Napier does not have a bank on campus but several are located locally.


Lothian buses are really good with lots of routes and regular buses. Singles are £1.40 (85p with young scots card or similar), day tickets which are unlimited travel not including night buses have just gone up to £3.50 and there are various longer term cards (weekly, monthly and yearly), all of which have discounted ones for students (under the age of 25 I believe). I probably wouldn't budget for more than £13 a week for transport (price of a student weekly ride a card), and even then, that's only if your likely to take several buses a day.

Careers service

Napier has its own online job search facility where numerous graduate, and part time jobs are advertised. Napier also hosts several careers fairs to help new graduates find jobs.

Careers advisors are available for advice in addition to coaching in CV preparation, job searching, job applications and interview skills.

Part-time jobs

There are many jobs available with retail, and bar work the most abundant. These jobs are easy to find, and some are advertised through the careers service.

Religious facilities

Napier has access to University Chaplains. In addition Napier has access to a Christian Union. There are many churches and other religious buildings nearby.

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Clubs and societies

There are over 25 clubs and societies at Napier provided through the union. These include traditional sports, and cultural ones such as international students and christian union.


Accommodation policy

Most undergraduate students do get offered accommodation if they are coming to Napier University for the first time, for the full academic year. Students who come to the university for one semester are not usually eligible for Student Accommodation. There are a limited number of postgraduate places available, mainly at Morrison Circus.

To be eligible for a guarantee of Student Accommodation:

  • UCAS must have received your firm acceptance of an unconditional place at Napier University
  • you must live at least 30 miles out of the centre of Edinburgh
  • we must receive your completed application form with pre-payment and deposit by the last monday in August. Do not delay in applying!
  • Students who do not meet these conditions or who miss the deadline date may still be allocated a place, if any are available. These students can also be placed on a waiting list for Student Accommodation.

Advice and assistance in finding accommodation in the private sector is available to all students, irrespective of eligibility.


Most flats consist of:

  • 4 or 5 single study bedrooms
  • shared kitchen, living area, toilet and bathroom with shower
  • centrally heated (except Blackfriars Street which has wall convector heaters)
  • fully furnished
  • telephone intercom entry system for added security

In addition disability access is available at Fountainbridge, West Bryson Road, Morrison Circus and Riego Street. The adapted flats here include widened doorways and halls, kitchens and bathrooms with easy access cupboards and sinks, and "drive-in" showers.

There is limited car parking available although bike sheds are provided.

Flats contain modems and telephone handsets.


West Tollcross and Fountainbridge

This houses 278 students. They are located 10 minute walk from princes street for high street shopping. In addition are located on the bus route to all the napier campuses.

Morrison Circus

These are situated close to Haymarket train station within walking distance of the city centre.

Riego Street

This is home to 265 students. Within 10 minutes walk of the city centre and close to other facilities.

Wrights Houses

This was completed refurbished during 2007. 106 rooms are located here. They are situated in the Bruntsfield area of the city. It is within easy reach of both the city centre and the university campuses. It is only a 10 minute walk from the 24 hour computer centre at Merchiston campus.

West Bryson Road

155 students can live here. It is in the quieter area of polwarth but still walking distance from the main campuses including 24 hour IT facilities. One block is allocated to Nursing students.

Blackfriars Street

Situated in Old Town. Double or single rooms are available and appeals most to mature students. Only 14 students can stay here. There is no parking available.

Private sector

Other suitable student accommodation can be advertised at StudentPad

Student union

The student union consists of a bar and welfare roles.

The main bar is located at Merchiston. The bar is open 12noon-11pm and is available to hire on a saturday night for £50 which is refundable if there is no damage and at least £200 of bar sales.




Local area

Most campuses are located within easy reach of the city centre by either bus or by walking.

Edinburgh city boasts a range of cultural activities, leisure facilities and shops.

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