University Of Edinburgh King’s Buildings

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University Of Edinburgh King’s Buildings

The Kings Buildings is located on the south side of the city. Getting to and from the King’s Buildings is easy due to its excellent public transport, walking and cycling links.

The King’s Buildings site contains most of the Schools within the College of Science and Engineering, and is located approximately two miles from the Central Area.

There are a number of transport options to and from the King’s Buildings.

The address of the King’s Buildings is:

West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG

How to find us, including bus services and directions.

Most of the College’s research and teaching activities take place at the King’s Buildings Campus, which occupy a leafy 35 hectare site with beautiful views to Blackford Hill and Craigmillar Park Golf Course.

We are about 3 km south of the city centre and about 1.5 km from the central University area and from the main student halls of residence.


Detailed campus maps of all University sites, including King’s Buildings Campus:

Campus maps (2.37 MB PDF)

A King’s Buildings self guided tour leaflet is also available.

KB Self Guided Tour (5.19 MB PDF)

Directions and parking

Instructions on how to get to King’s Buildings are available from Transport and Parking.

Travelling to the King’s Buildings

Parking at King’s Buildings is limited. Please ask the person you are visiting about parking before your journey, or see the Parking website.

Parking information for visitors

Shuttle bus

During term time the University provides a shuttle bus between the King’s Buildings and the Central Area.

Shuttle bus information

Priority permits are issued to staff and students required to make essential business/study related journeys between University sites to a deadline.

Priority Permit Application


Public bus services

A number of buses provide a public transport link between the University’s central area and the King’s Buildings throughout the year, both during and outside term times.

Travelling to the King’s Buildings by bus

Additional facilities outside the King’s Buildings Campus

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh is associated with the College and is a near neighbour to the King’s Buildings.

Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Some science and engineering teaching and research is also carried out in the central University area in the city centre. The award-winning Informatics Forum in Crichton Street is a landmark centre for innovation and interaction.

There is also collaboration with associated institutions such as the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and the Roslin Institute.

The University also has a large veterinary farm located at the Bush Estate 10km outside Edinburgh.