University of Edinburgh
Housing is guaranteed if you submit the housing application along with the host university application. You may stay in any of the university-owned housing (a mixture of traditional halls of residence and flats) or find private housing on your own. Students say there is a good selection of private housing in the community.
Past UCEAP participants say different options appeal to different expectations. For example, College Wynd, Robertson’s Close, and Kincaid’s Court are conveniently located close to campus and the city center. However, they can be very noisy at night and on weekends due to freshers and nearby bars.
Fraser Court, East Newington Place, Sciennes, Sciennes Place, and South Clerk Street are convenient if you are taking classes in King’s Buildings, but are a distance from the city center.
Warrender Park Road and Warrender Park Crescent are in a pleasant residential area and well liked. Students are often concerned about the 15-minute walk across The Meadows at night to return from the central campus. The Meadows is a beautiful park for the daytime walk to class.
Past students have recommended Kitchener House, Hermit’s Croft, and St. John’s Hill (next to the sports center), as well as Darroch Court and New Arthur Place, which are centrally located.
Pollock Halls include meals, and are recommended if you do not want to deal with grocery shopping and cooking. However, Pollock Halls house about 1,800 students, predominantly freshers and foreign students, are very noisy, and have had numerous room break-ins and thefts.
University of Glasgow
The range of accommodations includes halls of residence, student houses, and flats. Detailed descriptions will accompany Glasgow’s official offer of admission. Following a written response, you will be offered a place in a university residence. Your first choice cannot be guaranteed. You must then write again to accept the offer. Respond promptly to all communications, as housing is in short supply. A signed housing contract is binding and you will be required to pay the full cost even if you do not remain in the housing for the full contract period. If living arrangements have not been finalized before departure from the U.S., you may face difficulties finding accommodations in Glasgow.
Past students recommend the self-catering Kelvinhaugh Gate, Kelvinhaugh Street, and Queen Margaret Flats. There have been complaints about the Murano Street Student Village, which is thought to be far from the university and less safe. There have also been complaints about Wolfson Hall’s cleanliness and neighborhood. Students say Cairncross is poorly maintained. Otherwise, UCEAP students rate the housing from “fine” to “great” and describe the city as providing an enormous variety of things to do, including many concerts with low admission.
University of St. Andrew’s
You will be housed either in a hall of residence, including McIntosh Hall, Andrew Melville Hall, and New Hall; or in a self-catering apartment, such as David Russell Apartments, or another apartment at Fife Park or Albany Park. Housing contracts are for a full year, and moving mid-year can be difficult. Most halls are about a 20-minute walk from the town center, and the Parks are about 40 minutes away. Both types of residences have laundry facilities. The halls vary in size and locale, the smaller ones being in old buildings in the center of town.
Students have been happy with the housing, especially New Hall. However, they note that catered Andrew Melville Hall houses many freshers and the food is not very good.