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If you are not guaranteed an offer of University accommodation, or choose not to take up such an offer, you will probably need to use the private sector. 

Finding somewhere to rent can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are new to the city, or even to the UK. We have compiled some helpful information on privately-rented accommodation in Edinburgh that will hopefully help you in your search.

If for whatever reason, and at whatever time, you are still interested in University accommodation, you can see what is currently available on our Student Homes website.

Tenancy scams: don’t send money upfront!

Be very careful when responding to adverts for private accommodation. Do not, under any circumstances, send money to anyone for accommodation before viewing the accommodation and before verifying that the person is the actual landlord or representative of the landlord (such as the letting agent) and seeing the tenancy agreement.

These scams usually involve you being asked to pay money upfront to secure the accommodation via one of the payment services such as Western Union, Bidpay or Money Gram.

If you give them a copy of the receipt you will lose your money and will not be able to recover it again.

Another common scam is for a ‘landlord’ to ask to ask for a deposit and rent to secure the property at the viewing. Please do not hand over cash before or whilst viewing a property. You should always take time to check and verify that they are genuine before parting with any money.


How to find out if a landlord or letting agency is genuine

You can find out if the landlord and the property are registered by visiting the  Landord Registration Scotland website and entering the address of the property. If you cannot find the property then you can call or email the Council’s landlord registration team to double check on 0131 469 5293 or email them at If they are not registered, you should not rent from them.