Thomas Stott: My Edinburgh Top 5

Our students share their top five Edinburgh favourites, from recommendations on what to do and see in the city, to tips on best studying spots and how to make the most of your time at University.

In the second instalment, third year electrical and mechanical engineering student Thomas Stott shares his favourite...

Sightseeing location

Holyrood Park – irrefutably one of the most beautiful spots in the city, here you can experience Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat, giving you stunning vistas of the city from literally any angle.

And in the snow, it takes on a completely different feel, turning into an impromptu ski slope/snowball mosh pit!

Activity or experience

Edinburgh Christmas Market – spanning the cold December month, the open-air market is a magical place to meander through and treat yourself to a nice, mulled cider or some churros, before climbing on one of the thrilling rides to give yourself a totally new perspective of the city!

Place to eat

Southpour – situated just around the corner of Pollock Halls, this gastropub offers some seriously delectable food, excellent coffee, and a drink if you’re in the mood, all from within a modern, but rustic aesthetic. I’d personally recommend the pancakes!

Studying spot

Black Medicine Coffee Co. – just opposite Old College, this café has a down-to-earth, wholesome vibe. Other than serving amazing coffee made by the most chill staff, its downstairs sitting area is perfect for cosying up in a nook and cracking on with a project or catching up on lectures.

Advice for new students

When you first arrive, jump on one of the open-top city tour buses! It’s a fantastic way to quickly get a sense of where everything is, what’s cool to check out while you’re here, and to gain some understanding of the rich history this city has.

After that, do as much as you can; you won’t regret it!