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PBSA: Purpose Built Student Accommodation 

What are PBSAs? 

PBSAs (Purpose Built Student Accommodation) are big business here in Edinburgh, and they’re popping up all over the city. 

PBSAs offer the same level of comfort as University Halls of Residence, often with 24/7 security and a reception service. Because of this, they can often come with a hefty price tag to match. This does include all bills and that all-important wi-fi in the cost. 

Often in PBSAs you can expect to share a kitchen between 3-9 other flat mates, although a few blocks do have studio or family apartments to cater for individuals, couples, and small families.  

Some examples of PBSAs are The Mill House, IQ accommodation and Vita Students.  

Please note we are not necessarily recommending these companies, please make sure to do your own research before signing up! 



All bills (usually) included in the price e.g. Heating! 

Often overpriced.  

Often have 24-hour security or reception Service 

Contracts are roughly 52 weeks compared to 40-week contracts offered in campus halls 

All your neighbours will be students 

Less flexibility on choosing flat mates (though not in all cases) 


Meet students from all of the other Universities and Colleges in Edinburgh 


Closer to City Centre 


Maintenance included (sometimes)