The FRESHEST Events To Attend As A Student In Edinburgh

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‘Events Edinburgh’ is a search that will bring something up all year round.

You’ll always find events in Edinburgh for every person and taste, whether you are looking for a family-friendly event to take your visiting parents, you want to impress a date with live music, or you wish to take in the traditional events in the city during Christmas and New Year.

There is always something exciting going on in Edinburgh, and everything is close to your Straits Meadow student accommodation.

Let’s take a look at a few different types of Edinburgh events this year!

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1. Edinburgh Summer Festivals

Between April and August there are seven Edinburgh Summer Festivals running each year.

You all know about the world-famous International and Fringe Festivals, right? Well, these events showcase a wide range of other arts and culture that make Edinburgh the stunning city that it is.

These include the International Science Festival, The Jazz and Blues Festival, Art Festival, International Book Festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


2. Hidden Door Festival

At various venues throughout Edinburgh, this event has been an interesting one over the years.

It is a completely unique festival that runs between 31st May and 4th June, opening the doors to some of the urban spaces around the city that might have been forgotten about.

There is live music, spoken word, and late-night DJs, street food vendors and bars serving delicious food and drink throughout the whole event.

This year, Hidden Door takes place at the glass-fronted offices opposite the Commonwealth Pool on Dalkeith Road (just half hour on public transport or under 10 minutes in a taxi from Straits Meadow – or you can take a pleasant 40 minute walk).



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3. Pride Edinburgh

Edinburgh Pride is taking place on the 24th of June this year, marking the 26th annual event, which celebrates the LGBTQIA+ communities and raises awareness of issues that they face.

It is always a large, fun event, filled with live music, performance, theatre, friendship, and a parade that runs through the heart of the city.

The main stage is on Princes Street in the city, just 15 minutes away from your student accommodation on public transport, or a 35-minute walk!



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4. Edinburgh Food Festival

For 10 days at the end of July, the world of food descends onto the streets of Edinburgh, specifically in the city’s George Square Gardens (a 35-minute walk or around 20 minutes on public transport from Straits Meadow).

If you are a big foodie this is the event for you between 21st and 30th July, the largest food festival that is free to enter in the city.

Edinburgh Food Festival has a wide range of street food stalls for you to try out during the week.

A few of the food traders this year include Jarvis Pickle, Chick & Pea, Moskito Bites, The Fat Flamingo and so many more.

You can find a full run-down on the amazing food that will be on offer on the website.



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5. Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Between the 4th and 26th August, the highly anticipated event takes place on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade (just 25 minutes on public transport from your student accommodation in the city).

With the imposing castle as a backdrop, there is a range of military pageantry, dance performances, and live music, including over 1,000 musicians, drummers, pipers, singers, and dancers.

Celebrating the skills and talents of military bands from across the world, this is one of the most iconic events Edinburgh has to offer and is a must-see during your time studying and living in the Scottish capital.

Tickets for this year are now on sale on the official website so grab yours now!


6. Edinburgh Fringe Festival

One of the most famous celebrations of arts and culture anywhere in the world, The Fringe Festival takes place every year in August over three jam-packed weeks (this year will be the 4th to the 28th August).

The whole city is buzzing during this period, with artists and performers taking to hundreds of stages in venues of all shapes and sizes throughout the city.

The Fringe began life as an offshoot of the International Festival but has grown to become the largest festival of its kind.

You’ll see unknown artists looking to become the next big thing, and those big stars that have come back to their roots or to try out new material on the Edinburgh crowd.

Whatever you are interested in, whether live comedy, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, theatre, dance, music, opera, musical, spoken word, or art exhibitions, the entire city is full and thriving during the fringe.



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7. Connect Music Festival

This massive music festival that is Connect was brought back in 2022 and was such a success that it is back again for 2023.

This time on the weekend of the 25th to 27th August at the Royal Highland Showgrounds (this is out by the airport on the edge of the city, about an hour on public transport from Straits Meadow).

IDLES and Jon Hopkins were the showstoppers last year, with the 2023 line-up including Future Islands, Franz Ferdinand, and Primal Scream.

If you want to experience a music festival with your besties this summer, purchase your ticket from the official website now!


8. Hogmanay

Winter in Edinburgh is pretty magical all round, with the festive lights and Christmas markets, but it is New Year celebrations that are famous the world over.

If you are lucky enough to be around for Hogmanay on New Year’s Eve it will be an evening you’ll never forget, the best of Edinburgh events on the calendar.

It’s a fantastic way to see in the new year, live music, traditions that go back centuries, firework displays, and parties at every turn.

The streets really do come alive for Hogmanay, so make the most of it and get amongst the hustle and bustle if you’re in Edinburgh for New Year’s Eve!



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If you fancy throwing your own party or event in your Edinburgh student accommodation, Straits Meadow has great communal spaces which make it an ideal place to celebrate.

Even though there are loads of events in Edinburgh to sink your teeth into and to explore the local area, sometimes you want the comfort of home to celebrate your birthday, to mark the end of exams before you all head home for the summer, or just because you fancy a night in together with friends and want to make the most of the comfortable communal space on offer.

Wondering where to go for bottomless brunch in Edinburgh? Take a read of our blog post to find out.