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11 great places for freshers to visit in Edinburgh


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It's Scotland's capital and one of its most historic spots - but there's no need to be a tourist in Edinburgh. Here's where to eat, drink, dance and sight-see like a local if you're about to start uni here... 


1. Ten to Ten in Delhi: A small, student friendly Indian restaurant on Nicholson Street, Ten to Ten is great value with a student discount and the food is superb. The restaurant itself is quirky and decorated with wall and ceiling hangings which give the small space a unique atmosphere and feel. The one and only drawback is that, due to Ten to Ten’s size - it can be difficult to get a table.

2. La Lanterna: A great Italian over in Edinburgh’s more up-market New Town area. Brilliant pizzas and pasta, great lunch time or ‘early bird’ bargains to be had.


3. The Brass Monkey: Located on Drummond Street in Old Town, near the University gym, The Brass Monkey is a gem of a pub. With perennial student discounts, a great atmosphere and daily film screenings in the pub’s back room (which is made up of sofa-beds and mounds of cushions) The Brass Monkey is quite unique.

4. The Pear Tree: For the rare warmer days The Pear Tree is ideal. The best beer garden in Edinburgh will be rammed as soon as there’s an ounce of sunshine.

5. Teviot: The University of Edinburgh Student Union. Yes, that’s a bit of a cop-out of a choice, but it has to be said - it’s the oldest purpose built student union in the UK and when thinking about Edinburgh’s best watering-holes some parts of the student union offer an atmosphere as good as any pub.

6. The Royal Oak: Admittedly not very student-y at all, but this absolutely tiny pub has an amazing community of musicians that provide live performances every night of the week. It’s a great way to get a feel for Edinburgh as locals see it and is all too easily overlooked from a student viewpoint.

Going out

7. Bongo: Bongo’s expansive, located on the Cowgate, and has something for everyone. It plays host to a wide variety of club nights, playing everything from grime to soul music via techno, house and live bands.

8. Sneaky Pete’s: Also on the Cowgate (probably Edinburgh’s best street for night life) Sneaky Pete’s hosts a great soul night every Tuesday but has events every night, as well as hosting live bands. Their maximum capacity is 100 people and the space is simplistic, tiny and always friendly.


9. Arthur’s Seat: The best view of Edinburgh. Arthur’s seat is an extinct volcano and offers an overview of the Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, both of the city's football stadiums and much more besides.

10. The National Museum: Entrance is free and the exhibits aren’t stuffy or boring. One of the larger rooms is devoted to a mind-boggling array of stuffed animals in a natural history display.

11. Stockbridge: A bit of a walk from most student areas, head over to Stockbridge and make an afternoon of it. It’s quieter than the centre and feels like a lovely small town tagged onto central Edinburgh. There are pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants and it’s a nice change from the buzz of busier areas.

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