Suggestions for those moving from Oxford to Edinburgh
Moving from Oxford to Edinburgh – a few suggestions and points of interest;
If you’re moving from Oxford to Edinburgh there are some things which you will find very familiar, and others you might find very different. We don’t pretend to give you a comprehensive guide, but we have put together a few points which you might find interesting and/or useful.
Both Edinburgh and Oxford are big tourist attractions, so no difference there you might think. However, although Oxford has many festivals itself, these are tiny compared to the Edinburgh Festivals of August, which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors, and at New Year’s Eve, which is called ‘Hogmanay’ in Scotland, and is famously celebrated here. The exact number of visitors to the various festivals is hard to determine. You will be astounded by the crowds on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile in August. In general the city is extremely busy in that month and around Hogmanay.
Ever more Edinburgh residents and investors are attempting to profit from this influx, to the extent that the council is now considering restricting Airbnb lets.
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Both Edinburgh and Oxford are famous university towns. Obviously, if you are moving from Oxford to Edinburgh, you will know the higher educational establishments in the former. Edinburgh doesn’t have the same college system, but it does have many prestigious tertiary institutions. These include:
- Edinburgh College (one of Scotland’s biggest colleges, with around 19,000 students across four campuses)
- Edinburgh College of Art (part of the University of Edinburgh)
- Napier University (rated top in the UK for adding value to students by the Guardian University Guide 2017)
- Herriot-Watt University (one of the world’s leading universities for pioneering research informed by the needs of business and industry)
- Moray House School of Education (part of the University of Edinburgh)
- Moredun Research Institute (conducts world-class scientific research on the infectious diseases of livestock)
- Roslin Institute (originator of Dolly the sheep; part of the University of Edinburgh)
- University of Edinburgh (founded in 1583, so a youngster compared to Oxford!)
In recent years the huge number of students has seen an increase in student accommodation facilities. Some of these projects are controversial, such as the large project proposed on Leith Walk which would include a 500-bed student accommodation unit.
A Hilly Capital City
Compared to Oxford, Edinburgh is hilly, as you can see from the map below. Edinburgh runs all the way from sea level to 250.5 m (822 ft), if you include the top of Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is the remains of an ancient volcano and the main feature of Holyrood Park, right next to Holyroodhouse Palace and the Scottish Parliament.
These two buildings sit at the bottom of the Royal Mile. This road, with several names depending on the section, runs up to Castle Rock, another prominent volcanic hill feature. (We refer you to another of our blog pages – on moving from Manchester to Edinburgh) – for information on other hills of Edinburgh.)
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You’ll have noticed we mentioned the Scottish Parliament. Yes, if you’re moving from Oxford to Edinburgh you’re also moving to a capital city! The Scottish Parliament building itself is controversial. It was designed by a Spanish architect but has several references to Scottish history and architecture embedded in its modern form. We advise you not to judge the book by its cover. Take one of the free tours of its interior before making up your mind!
You’ll be familiar with the famous Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race? Rowing is also a popular sport in Edinburgh!
Yes, you can receive world-class rowing training at the University of Edinburgh, and the Union Canal (a great place along which to walk or cycle too) is the home of the University’s Meggetland boathouse. The Canal also offers kayaking and canoeing possibilities.
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Other Highlights for those Moving from Oxford to Edinburgh
Here are a few tips to get those moving from Oxford to Edinburgh off to a good start. Note that we receive no commissions for our recommendations!
- Akva. One of Edinburgh’s six Swedish bars. This one is situated at the end of the Union Canal and offers good food and a lovely atmosphere.
- Dominion Cinema. The most luxurious cinema in Edinburgh. A special experience.
- North Berwick and the Scottish Seabird Centre. A short train journey from Waverley Station, this seaside town adds a new level to the word ‘charming’. There is even a conical hill (North Berwick Law) which offers spectacular views, easy walks and challenging climbs.
- Portobello. This eastern suburb has a terrific beach, from which one of our employees saw dolphins during the Great Beach Busk of 2018!
- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Free entry (but not to the spectacular glasshouses) and a huge range of things to see and do. Great for kids. The central hill offers a wonderful view of the Old Town.
- Stockbridge. Attractive neighbourhood through which the Water of Leith runs, with several great bars, cafés, restaurants and charity shops.
- The Shore, Leith. Lovely setting for some great cafés, bars and restaurants. The Shore Bar and Restaurant is also a good music venue.
- Water of Leith Walkway. Highly recommended. We suggest at least walking from Stockbridge through the stunning Dean Village to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
A Final Word to those Moving from Oxford to Edinburgh
To conclude, we hope you enjoy your new home city. We’d be happy to help you move there. Why not check out our Oxford to Edinburgh removals page and get a free quote?