Ready to move in?

We know moving in to your new home can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming, so here are some tips on how to be prepared and what you should expect.
Students arriving at Bainfield accommodation

Our accommodation sites

Most flats have between four and eight people sharing (we also have four 9-bed flats) and include standard equipment such as smart TVs in all communal lounges, cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, ironing board, iron, vacuum cleaner and other standard cleaning equipment. The bedrooms include a small double bed, desk, study chair, wardrobe and bookshelves.

The flats are managed by a dedicated team, including Accommodation Officers and Resident Assistants. Staff are trained to handle all aspects of tenancy management and provide support and guidance throughout the year.


How do I get my keys?

To enable us to safely welcome our students with and adhere to social distancing guidelines, we are staggering key collection and check-ins over four days in September 2021. If you are an international student who needs to quarantine on arrival, please visit our Accommodation FAQs for more information on arriving early to self-isolate.

Key collection will take place at our individual sites where students have been allocated:

Bainfield social space, 6 Bainfield Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 1AR

  • 02/09/2021: Blackford Hill and Arthur's Seat House
  • 03/09/2021: Craiglockhart Hill and Calton Hill House
  • 04/09/2021: Braid Hill and Corstorphine Hill House
  • 05/09/2021: Castle Rock House

22A/22B/24A/24B Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2DY

  • 04/09/2021: 24A Carnethy and 24B East Kip House
  • 05/09/2021: 22A Carketton and 22B Scaldlaw House

1D & 1E Slateford Road Edinburgh EH11 1FE

  • 02/09/2021: Castlelaw House Flats 1-16 and 1D Allermuir House
  • 03/09/2021: Castlelaw House Flats 17-35

You can choose a time slot between 10am and 8pm on the date we allow access to your block (detailed above) after you complete the online induction. Please double check your official Key Collection date as per your block. Staff will focus resources accordingly and cannot accommodate early arrivals.

Please ensure you adhere to social distancing during the key collection process and ensure you wear a mask when in close proximity to other students and staff. We will only be allowing one visitor to accompany each student when collecting their keys to reduce numbers for social distancing. Staff will also social distance, wear masks, and use hand sanitiser to ensure you are safe.

Please remember to take a copy of your arrival pass with you and a form of photographic ID.

How do I get to my new flat?

If you are coming by car, we have arranged for our students to have access to a private car park at Fountain Park Leisure Complex during key collection. Alternatively, you can arrange to be dropped off near your accommodation site.

Please note there is very limited parking close to the student accommodation sites, especially at Orwell Terrace. Please research travel and parking prior to arrival. Edinburgh Napier University will not take any responsibility for parking fines during key collection.

What happens when I arrive?

Once you have collected your key, you're free to move in to your new flat! Your flat will be ready for your arrival and staff will be on-site to assist you if you have any queries or concerns. Please don't be afraid to ask questions - our contact numbers are on the noticeboard in your kitchen and we're here to help.

Can I move in early?

In order to ensure that your new home meets a high standard, our accommodation team will be busy preparing and cleaning every room up until the day before you arrive. This unfortunately means that you will be unable to move in prior to the official move-in date.

Exceptions will be made for students who are arriving early to quarantine. If this applies to you, please visit our Accommodation FAQs.

What do I need to do with the inventory?

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.

Should I get any vaccinations before I arrive?


If you are resident in the United Kingdom and do not currently have an appointment for the first or second dose (8 weeks after the first) of the vaccine, you can find out details on how to arrange an appointment or walk-in vaccination centres on the NHS Inform website.

International students will also be included in the national Covid-19 vaccination programme. For more information, visit the Student Information Scotland website.

Meningitis C

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 2021
  • You've not previously had any Men C vaccination since the age of 10

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.