Newington is a historic and popular part of Edinburgh, located on the city's southern half, roughly 20 minutes’ walk from the centre of the city. The district neighbours Holyrood Park, Prestonfield, the Grange and the Meadows, making for one of the greenest areas of the city to rent in.
Newington's array of shops, bars and restaurants will provide you with a range of fantastic amenities. The area is particularly known for its range of budget Indian eateries, offering the large student population great food that’s affordable and quick.
There area is popular with students, thanks to its ideal location nearby to the University of Edinburgh. The Old College is situated up Nicolson Street, and most of the rest of the University of Edinburgh’s buildings are a short walk away. It’s a longer journey to reach the campuses of Napier University, so students attending that institution tend to live closer to Marchmont.
The affordable rents in Newington may be attractive to families and professionals, though most tend to look elsewhere in the city, towards Bruntsfield, Leith or Stockbridge.
Newington is convenient for many of the city's recreational and public services, including the Commonwealth Swimming Pool and Arthur's Seat. More suburban property in Edinburgh is available in Davidson’s Mains, out on the western edge of the city.
To the east of Morningside and directly south of the University of Edinburgh lays Newington, another area that’s popular for student accommodation in Edinburgh. Newington Road (which is a continuation of Nicholson and Clerk Street) is home to several great places to eat on a budget and probably has the most typically ‘student’ atmosphere of any of Edinburgh’s districts. So if you feel that the refined areas like Bruntsfield and the Meadows don’t suit you and your flatmates, it can be a great place to look.
Student accommodation in Newington varies widely between purpose built halls and more traditional tenements towards the centre of the area, so have a look at everything that’s available and choose a property that suits you.