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Edinburgh has almost 30,000 student beds across the city

Figures from City of Edinburgh Council reveal that there are almost 30,000 student beds across the city – and numbers are growing.

City of Edinburgh Council shows that there are almost 30,000 purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) beds across the city. This is an increase of over 3,000 PBSA beds compared to last year.

Of the PBSA beds in the city, 19,642 are available – which is spread across 94 establishments, and 4,150 beds are currently in development. A further 2,754 beds which are spread across 16 different developments are waiting on s planning decision as of 13 August.

A 2019 council report revealed that Edinburgh University is the largest operator of PBSA – with them owning 7,465 student beds. Napier University operates 1,231, Heriot-Watt operates 2,023 beds, and the remaining is operated by private operators.

The report also showed that in 2019, 58,000 students attended one of the city’s four universities – and around 16,000 students were overseas students.

There are also PBSA developments that received planning approval recently – including Kiltane Developments Ltd’s site on Gorgie Road and S1 Developments site in Fountainbridge.

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