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 Living & Money

Accommodation, fees, funding, exploring Edinburgh & health & fitness​​​​​​​​​​

​Things you need to know...

Tuition fees
Student loans & other funding
Explore Edinburgh & beyond
Health & fitness​


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Tuition fees and Student Loans

Make sure there are no delays to you starting university. Read through our tuitions fees​ page to discover all you need to know about fees and payment.

Government Funding

Students from the UK should ensure that they have applied for all applicable funding available to them. 
Click on above for further details. The Student Funding Team can assist if you are having problems sourcing
the correct Government Funding.

Student loans

Am I eligible for a Student Loan?

For most students studying a full-time undergraduate course, the main support for living costs is through
a low interest student loan, which is partly income-assessed.

To be eligible for a loan, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are studying on a full-time undergraduate course that qualifies for a loan
  • You meet UK residence eligibility conditions (for details contact the funding body applicable to your
  • UK home country as detailed in section “How do I apply” below)

International and EU students

Unless you have been living in the UK for 3 full years before the start of your first course of study, you will not
be entitled to a Student Loan. If you are not sure of your residency status you can confirm your situation
with the Student Awards Agency for Scotland by calling 0300 555 0505 or email

The British Council's Education UK  website has a facility allowing international students, from both inside
and outside the EU, to search for, and gain advice on, scholarships.

How do I apply?

If your home is in Scotland check out the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
If you are from England visit Government UK
If you are from Northern Ireland visit the Student Finance Northern Ireland
If you are from Wales visit the Student Finance Wales

When will I get my loan/bursary?

If your application has been assessed, your student loan should be with you on the first day of term (providing we have confirmed your attendance), or 2-3 days after we confirm your attendance –whichever date is later.

Has the university confirmed my attendance?

Please visit your eStudent records and the Financial Support section, which should provide you with the date notification was sent to the SLC. 

What if I haven’t yet received my first instalment?

If you have not yet received a payment you should ensure that you have fully matriculated, have signed your online declaration and ensured the SLC have a valid National Insurance number (NINO) for you.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of non-payment of your loan/bursary you should consider your eligibility to apply for help from the Discretionary Fund.  Full details of criteria and how to apply can be found under Discretionary Fund.

What if I don't qualify?

If you cannot get funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance England, Wales or
Northern Ireland you may be able to apply for other types of funding.

Grants, Bursaries and Scholarships

For full details visit Study with us -Bursaries and scholarships on the main Napier website.

Extra funding

Student Fundi​ng

The Student Funding team offer information and access to sources of extra funding such as the Discretionary Fund, Childcare Fund Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund, and a number of internally and externally funded scholarships and bursaries. They also hold regular drop-in sessions for anyone who needs advice and support with any money issues or worries and to help with any Discretionary/Childcare Fund application queries.

Are you eligible for extra Money?

You may be able to apply for some extra funding to help with money difficulties. Click on funds above for
further details.

Explore Edinburgh & beyond

Edinburgh’s social scene is one that’s both exciting and diverse. For a small city, it’s packed with music venues, restaurants, bars and cinemas - each neighbourhood has its own unique flavour. Whether you’re after culture or nightlife, there’s plenty of everything in Edinburgh.  The Grassmarket is a centre of nightlife and a popular location for student-friendly bars and clubs.  George Street is also home to the city’s cocktail bars and is the choice for many looking for a more sophisticated evening out.
Along Lothian Road in Tollcross you can find much of Edinburgh’s entertainment; there is an Odeon cinema, along with the famous Filmhouse and Cameo Cinema, both specialising in classics and independent release films.
Calling Edinburgh a city with history is an understatement - Edinburgh’s Castle Rock was first fortified in 900 BC, and has been the longest continually occupied site in Scotland. Because of that, the city benefits from some of the most stunning architecture in Europe, and with its beautiful old buildings, you can trace Edinburgh from its origins in the Old Town as it expanded outwards.
It’s a city whose intellectuals made leaps in philosophy, science and medicine during the Enlightenment - a tradition that still stands today. Famous landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and Holyrood Palace help tell the story of a city that’s evolved through time and earned its position as the Scottish capital.
The city of Edinburgh has no shortage of museums and galleries to explore, and most of them are free to visit. Spend an hour or an afternoon learning about everything from Scottish history to modern art.
In the city centre, you can find the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, all offering free admission to visitors. Edinburgh also boasts a number of smaller galleries and museums, like the City Art Centre and Writer’s Museum.
As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we had a competition to find our favourite places in the festival city. Visit Our student's 50 favourite places.


Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is as famous for its special events as it is for its culture and heritage. Each year, the city’s calendar is packed with events, most notably the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.  Every August, performers from around the world take over the city for a month of entertainment of all kinds.

From food festivals to film festivals, there are always exciting things happening in Edinburgh, culminating with the Hogmanay celebrations on New Year’s Eve, where the entire city flocks to an outdoor street party to ring in the New Year.

Health ​& fitness​

Visit Healt​h​ for more information about doctors, dentists, emergencies and vaccinations.

If you are under 25 ensure you protect yourself against meningitis and septicaemia. find out more at​


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We've got a fully-kitted fitness suite and sports performance gym if you're looking to work hard and get results. If you prefer to get fit with your friends we offer over a range of classes and you can also use our sports hall for football, badminton, basketball and more.

Our friendly gym staff and industry-leading instructors are always here to help - don't be afraid to ask us for advice! We cater for all levels of fitness and our facilities are here for everyone to enjoy, with a range of wheelchair-accessible equipment.

Student memberships start at just £12 a month! Find out more on the ENGAGE website. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App