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 Living in University Accommodation

Whether you have just moved in, have been with us a while or moving out, you should find all you need to know here.​​​

Get the meningitis vaccination before you start University

Meningococcal group C disease (Meningitis) is a rare, but potentially life threatening, disease which occurs mainly in young children and young adults.  As part of a UK-wide immunisation programme for new University students, in line with NHS advice, you should get the Men C vaccination from your home GP ideally 2 weeks before you start University if you meet ALL the following criteria:

  • You are aged 24 or under
  • You are attending University for the first time in September 2017 or any year up to and including 2020
  • You've not previously had any Men C vaccination since the age of 10

Read more information in this leaflet for university students.

If you do not get the vaccination before you start University, it is recommended you register with a GP in Edinburgh when you arrive and should get the vaccination during Freshers' Week.

Please check that you are also up to date with other vaccines. See recommended immunisation for 20-24 year olds.

General information on meningitis is available on the Immunisation Scotland Website.

Flat Manual​

Make sure you read your flat manual as this contains all the information you need on living in the flats and how things work. 

You can also speak to your Resident Assistant or Accommodation Officer who can offer guidance and advice on a range of issues - their contact details are on the notice board in your kitchen.


You will need to check off and return the inventory to the accommodation office within 2 weeks of moving in.  Note down any defects or issues so you are not wrongly charged for damages or cleaning at lease end.  We won't be able to take anything into consideration at lease end if you didn't note it down when you moved in. 

Kitchen visits

Shortly after you move in, your Accommodation Officer and Resident Assisstants should visit you in your flat to introduce themselves and check you are settling in OK.  Don't be afraid to ask if there is anything you are unsure of.

Finding your way around

Take the time to get to know the area you are living in.  You can ask your Resident Assistant where the nearest bar, bus stop or shops are but the best way is to find a friend and go explore the area! Stay safe though, don't venture out on your own late at night. Keep yourself and your belongings safe, Police Scotland have put this booklet together to give you some useful information on student safety.

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