Bruntsfield is one of Edinburgh's greenest neighbourhoods, thanks to the Bruntsfield Links at its heart and Meadows just beyond. Located to the south-west of Princes Street, Bruntsfield is sandwiched between leafy Morningside and student-friendly Marchmont, and offers a mix between the students in latter and families in the former.
Living in Bruntsfield combines some great outdoor pursuits – the Links are a favourite with golfers in the summer (and clubs are available for hire from the aptly named Golf Tavern) - with quirky contemporary shops, delis and bakeries, creating a friendly atmosphere year-round.
One thing that Bruntsfield lacks is supermarkets – though the area is home to a Tesco Metro and Sainsburys Local. Consider Craigleith if proximity to shops is important to you.
The area also has great transport links both into the city centre and out of Edinburgh, thanks to the presence of the A702, which is one of the main thoroughfares to the south.
Bruntsfield is one of the higher end areas for renting in Edinburgh, and as such attracts rents higher than most regions in the city. Leith is a good alternative for cheaper property.
Bruntsfield is an easily distinguished area of Edinburgh, with local cafes and shops that feel like they belong in Bruntsfield and nowhere else. Maybe for that reason, it is also a popular area for student accommodation – although this is probably at least partly due to the overspill from neighbour Marchmont, the central area for student lets in Edinburgh.
Student accommodation in Bruntsfield tends to consist of tenement flats, which dominate the area. As such, expect a characterful, bright flat; but be wary of run down property as most of the tenement buildings are fairly ancient. The majority of student property, however, is kept in excellent condition by Bruntsfield’s diligent landlords and letting agents.