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Hello all, I'm an American who will be a visiting student for the fall term. I'm choosing accommodations but there are so many residence halls available and would like some advice.

I understand that there's a lot of Americans and international students at Edinburgh, so I wanted to know which residence halls have the highest numbers of Scottish students (or other UK students too). I want to meet actual Scots as much as possible.

I've heard rumors that the the catered flats typically have a large number of rich americans, which I don't really want to spend much time with (if I wanted to hang out with rich americans I never would've left my home uni haha).

Can anyone help me out with this? Are there any halls were it's known that few international students live, or conversely where a lot of intl students live (as a process of elimination)?
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(Original post by vaclavhavel)
Hello all, I'm an American who will be a visiting student for the fall term. I'm choosing accommodations but there are so many residence halls available and would like some advice.

I understand that there's a lot of Americans and international students at Edinburgh, so I wanted to know which residence halls have the highest numbers of Scottish students (or other UK students too). I want to meet actual Scots as much as possible.

I've heard rumors that the the catered flats typically have a large number of rich americans, which I don't really want to spend much time with (if I wanted to hang out with rich americans I never would've left my home uni haha).

Can anyone help me out with this? Are there any halls were it's known that few international students live, or conversely where a lot of intl students live (as a process of elimination)?
No idea, but perhaps there are halls which arent mini flats and thus orientated to just 6-8 people (your flatmates) which is hit and miss, bit instead several 1-300 people around a sole dining area i.e catered. That way you get to meet a lot more people imo. Americans dont tend to be shy either in my experience. Enjoy your time whether its a term or year or full degree.
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No idea, but perhaps there are halls which arent mini flats and thus orientated to just 6-8 people (your flatmates) which is hit and miss, bit instead several 1-300 people around a sole dining area i.e catered. That way you get to meet a lot more people imo. Americans dont tend to be shy either in my experience. Enjoy your time whether its a term or year or full degree.
So you endorse the catered flats, then? It's just that I've heard that catered flats tend to have more wealthier/international types, and I'd prefer to meet more average students especially Scottish/rUK students
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So you endorse the catered flats, then? It's just that I've heard that catered flats tend to have more wealthier/international types, and I'd prefer to meet more average students especially Scottish/rUK students
Nope i was suggesting if there were any halls which werent flats.

Wait to see some actual students post or maybe contact the international society and ask them what the lay of the land is. You can also contact the accommodation office, If its only a term you have, then it will go very quickly, so be sue to be doing things every weekend to make the most of it.
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I'm in the same boat as you--I'm visiting Fall 2017. I applied for self-catered as I heard the food wasn't all that great and figured I could do as well on my own. As I'm aware, there's only about 800 visiting American students at the University every year (got that from my school's study abroad office, no source beyond that) so I figure I'll be pretty much in with the typical Edinburgh student regardless. As for the wealth divide in self-catered vs catered, I have no idea.
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Current edinburgh uni student here, if you are wanting to meet more scottish folk then I recommend going self catered, anywhere will do. You'll get quite a lot of international students in catered, i.e. pollock halls. Edinburgh uni has the stereotypical 'rich' kids but in my experience, you'll not really socialise with them unless you get along. University is nothing quite like what you've experienced before, get to know coursemates, flatmates and join a few societies and I'm sure you'll find the 'right' people.
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