All you need to know about travelling to Sighthill

Our Sighthill campus is well-served by public transport to and from the city centre. There are also a number of cycle paths in the area and bike storage facilities on site.
Sighthill campus buildings

Travel guidance during Covid-19

If you need to travel to the University, please plan ahead. Visit Transport Scotland for the latest Scottish Government advice and up-to-date guidance on public transport and active travel.

However you travel, please ensure you are very clear of the facilities available and rules in place before you start your journey.  Keep in mind that many public transport operators are running reduced services.


Getting here by bus or tram

Residents in Scotland under the age of 22 will be eligible for free bus travel from 31 January 2022. We will bring you more information about the scheme and how to register when more details are announced.

Several Lothian Buses services stop close to Sighthill campus.

  • Services 3, 21, 25, 34, 35, 36 stop nearby on Calder Road (Napier University stop).
  • Services 300/400 Skylink stop nearby on Bankhead Avenue (Bankhead Loan stop).

The number 36 service goes between Sighthill, Craiglockhart and Sighthill campuses, making it easy if you need to travel from one campus to another.

There is an Edinburgh Trams stop at Bankhead, which is approximately a 10-minute walk from Sighthill campus. Cross the road at Bankhead Drive and continue walking up to the University, passing Edinburgh College on the way.

Lothian Buses offer a student travel card starting at £17 a week or £45 a month. This includes travel on Lothian city buses, NightBus services, airport buses, Lothian Country (city zone and cityWEST zone), East Coast Buses (city zones A and B) and Edinburgh Trams.

We recommend you download the Transport for Edinburgh app which helps plan your journey as well as giving real-time information on services around the city.

To find more details on other bus services within the city, please visit the Traveline Scotland page.

Getting here by train

From Edinburgh Park, it is approximately a 20-minute walk to Sighthill campus. Alternatively, you can board the tram at Edinburgh Park and ride one stop to Bankhead, which is around a 10-minute walk up to the University.

From Edinburgh Waverley, take a Lothian Buses service 3 or 25 from Princes Street.

From Haymarket, take a Lothian Buses service 3 or 25 from Dalry Road, or an Edinburgh Tram from directly outside the station.

Getting here by car

Parking at Sighthill campus is for permit holders only between 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday. You can park for free outwith these times.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer student parking permits for Sighthill campus at this time.

Parking outwith the University

If you park your vehicle on the streets surrounding our campuses please be considerate to our neighbours.

  • Make sure you follow all Highway Code and local parking regulations.
  • Do not park in spaces designated for local residents or shop customers.
  • Do not park across driveways or on pavements, or otherwise obstruct access for residents and pedestrians.

Getting here by bike

There are 150 bicycle spaces at Sighthill, 100 within covered and secure areas and 50 uncovered. There is CCTV throughout the site.

Sighthill has three secure, locked shelters around the building. One under the main entrance, one at the top of the car park and one at the ENGAGE gym entrance. To gain access, visit security on the first floor to have your student card activated. At the bike store, tap your card on the reader to open the door. There is also a bicycle pump and a bike service point in the shelter next to ENGAGE.

We have two emergency locks available on each campus if you forget to bring yours - please ask at security.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, changing and shower facilities are currently unavailable.

Find more information on our Cycling to Campus page.


Sighthill Cycle Routes

There are many different route options for travelling between our sites. View our complete Sighthill YouTube playlist for routes that, as far as possible, use off-road cycling, walking and wheeling.

You can also visit for more options, including on-road routes.


Accessibility guide

For a detailed access guide to our Sighthill campus, please visit the AccessAble website.

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