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

Sighthill Campus

9 Sighthill Court, Edinburgh, EH11 4BN

If you need to travel to the University, you can plan ahead by visiting the Traveline Scotland website for updates and alerts.

We are always happy to help with travel advice. If you’re looking for more information, please contact


Getting here by bus or tram

Free bus travel for under-22s

Thanks to the Young Persons' Travel Scheme, you can enjoy free bus travel throughout Scotland if:

  • You are under 22 years old
  • You are living in Scotland for more than 6 months of the year

To get your free bus travel, you will need to apply for a National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC).

Visit to find out more about the scheme and apply.

If you are resident in Edinburgh and your NEC has been issued by the City of Edinburgh Council, you can also use your card to travel on Edinburgh Trams.

Getting to Sighthill by bus or tram

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 £19 a week or £50 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 additional student parking permits for Sighthill campus at this time. If you already have a permit from the previous academic year, this will remain valid - please only email if your vehicle details have changed.

Electric vehicle charging

There are ten 7kW electric vehicle (EV) charging points available for use at Sighthill campus. You can access the charging points using a ChargePlace Scotland account card. In the near future, the units will also be able to accept debit and credit cards.

The financial charge for use of all units throughout the University is £0.45/kWh with a minimum charge of £1.50 per connection. The charging bays can only be used by vehicles that are actively charging and we ask that you please consider all other users and only use a bay and unit when required.

While the charging points are available for anyone to use, please note that parking restrictions continue to apply in the rest of the car park.

Parking outwith the University

We understand that parking around our campuses is limited. However, if you park your vehicle in the surrounding streets or residential areas, 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, GP visitors or shop customers
  • Do not park across driveways or on pavements, or otherwise obstruct access for residents, pedestrians and emergency services - you could be reported and fined.

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.

Showers and changing facilities are available at ENGAGE Fitness.

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.

Sighthill Cycle Routes

Cycling to Edinburgh Napier. Route: Bainfield to Sighthill Campus. Journey time: 25-30 minutes.

Footage has been sped up for time purposes. Please ensure you cycle with care and attention to other users of paths, passing slowly and with adequate space.

[360 camera view of Bainfield student accommodation, followed by a cycling route through Edinburgh to Sighthill campus captured via GoPro]

  • Turn left on Gibson Terrace.
  • Turn right onto the canal towpath (NCR754)
  • Ring your bell when passing through narrow spaces or blind corners to alert others of your presence.
  • When cycling along the canal, give way to walkers.
  • Take extra care when the path is narrow, wet or uneven, and use your lights when it's dark.
  • Dismount your bike and walk across Slateford Aqueduct.
  • Following signs to Sighthill campus, turn right before the Wester Hailes Road underpass (B701).
  • Turn left on Murrayburn Approach.
  • Cross the dual carriageway using the crossing.
  • Turn left on Sighthill Court.

Thank you for cycling to Sighthill campus! Visit for more information about cycling support.


Accessibility guide

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

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