“Student housing is Edinburgh is very expensive”, “Not another student residence [being built]” were recurring themes as I accompanied Ann Henderson in her successful campaign to become Rector of the University of Edinburgh.
I decided to take a wee look at the evidence by systematically tabulating the data from providers’ websites.
Largely not cheap!
A summary for each provider is available here (pdf).
Data is for the next academic year where known.
Rents are per bed ie twin occupancy counts as two beds where numbers are shown. Not all providers give numbers per type of accomodation hence calculation as below.
Each residence has a range of rents, income is calculated assuming full occupancy for:
- all beds in a residence at minimum cost
- all beds in a residence at maximum cost
and then average rent per month per provider is (provider minimum income + maximum income)/(provider beds * 2).
Information about numbers of residences by rent cost range, size in beds of residences, and minimum lease length per residence is available here (pdf).
|Beds provided||Full-time students||%Beds/ FT students ||Part-time students|
|Queen Margaret University||800||3595||22%||1610|
|University of Edinburgh||8738||28415||31%||3490|
Note that number of students per institution is a variable number! I’ve used 2016/17 HESA data. Edinburgh College data is omitted.
 All the terms of lease I looked at were for full-time students only.
Bursaries and loans in Scotland
|37 weeks||38 weeks||40 weeks||44 weeks||51 weeks|
Sources can be found in a separate article here.
Thanks to Living Rent for encouraging me to write this blog article.
Please let me know of any errors or omissions.
[Article amended 12 Mar 2018 to make if clear it’s cost per bed; and lease terms]