Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University

Best Locations for student accommodation

  • Marchmont
  • Musselburgh
  • New Town
  • Princes Street
  • Bruntsfield
  • Near the Meadows
  • South Clerk Street
  • George Square in Old Town

Average Rents

Average rent will entirely depend on the location where you live as they vary quite significantly. However, Marchmont is one of the most popular student areas and the average rent here is around £78.00.

Average agent fees

Not all agents charge an agency fee, but those that do are generally around £100 per tenant.


Buses: Number 30 runs from the Union bar every 10 minutes at peak times, and every 15 minutes in the evenings. It goes either to Musselburgh or into the city via the Fort. First bus 140/141 also comes onto campus, less frequently, and this also goes to the Fort or the New Royal Infirmary. In Musselburgh other buses are available (e.g. the iconic 26 bus of the old QMUC!) Bus fares are £2 single or £3.50 for a day ticket (on Lothian buses) First buses may charge more or less depending on distance travelled.

A Ridacard can be purchased which allows unlimited travel, and discounts on night buses.

For getting home in the early hours, the N30 runs all night, usually every hour. This costs £3.50 for a single, or £2.50 if you own a Ridacard (Lothian buses travelpass).

Trains: Nearest train station is Musselburgh situated right next to the campus. Trains run every hour, or every half an hour at peak times and on a Saturday. First Scotrail may increase frequency if demand is high. Currently around 50 people get each train during the university day either to or from the university, so hopefully extra services may be on the cards in the near future. A cheap day return is just over £3.00. (£2.60 during off peak hours with a YP railcard) Train journey time to the city centre is only 6 minutes compared with 30 minutes on a bus!

Parking on campus can be very limited, and is now controlled via permits based on several factors including green-ness of your car, and car sharing. A park and ride is a ten minute walk away at Newcraighall.

Parking Permits

Parking permits are available from the Musselburgh Council website. There are currently a number of restricted areas both in the city centre and surrounding areas. If a visitor permit is required, this too can be applied for. However, not all restricted areas currently have visitor permits implemented and therefore this may not be possible currently.

Living in the area

The nearest bar is in the Student Union which offers cheap drink, cheap food, friendly staff, pub quizzes, bands, etc and is a great place to chill out after lectures. In town, Rose Street is famous for pubs, so there should be somewhere for you there, along with other areas such as Grassmarket and Lothian Road which are also popular with students. The union usually has a deal with one of the clubs in town – Shanghai this year for cheap entry. Student night in Edinburgh is almost every night – Monday (Why Not?), Tuesday (Stereo), Wednesday (Shanghai, Mood, Lava Ignite, City, Liquid Rooms) and Thursday (Stereo again!). In Musselburgh where the university is situated, there are also loads of pubs that are worth a visit, but the best nights are to be had in Edinburgh itself.

Lastly, for those that enjoy live music and gigs – Edinburgh provides a huge variety and one of the most popular areas is HMV Picturehouse which has a number of indie nights which tend to be hosted on Fridays and Saturdays.

Local Shops
The College shop sells many snacks along with kitchen essentials like pasta, tinned fruit, milk, etc. Although a bit more expensive than a supermarket, it does mean that you don’t have to leave campus.

For your weekly food shops there is an Aldi, Lidl and Iceland approximately 10 minutes’ walk from campus (towards the harbour), and a local newsagent and off licence five minutes’ walk away towards Musselburgh High Street.

For everything else – there’s a Tesco in Musselburgh, M&S at the Fort (about 10-15 minute walk), or 24 hour Asda just past the Fort – walk down by Harveys, past the management suite, turn right, and onto the footpath. It’s a two minute walk over the railway bridge. Musselburgh is a mini town, a 15 minute walk away – plenty of charity shops, butcher, fishmonger, banks, clothes shops, Woolworths, DIY shop, pound shops etc. A 30 minute bus ride from the bus stop by the union will take you into the city.

The Fort can be reached by a 15 minute bus ride or 15 minute walk down the cycle route path, and contains bowling, cinema, restaurants, and almost all the major High Street chain shops e.g. Borders, Boots, M&S, Next,, New Look, Clarks and lots more.

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