Travelling to college – How to get to your campus

Planning your commute is one of the first things you will need to do when starting college. Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA) have a comprehensive travel guide on their website. Here’s some useful tips to help you out:

Walk, cycle or use public transport

We would always encourage you to walk, cycle, or use public transport instead of driving wherever possible – these modes of travel are better for your health and the environment, and are nearly always cheaper too! These resources can help you plan your journey:

For cycling, all campuses have secure bike parking areas – just email to request access first. Every secure store has bike tools to use nearby, and showers are also available at each campus. There will also be free Dr Bike sessions at all Freshers’ Days, where your bike can get a free maintenance check-up.

ECSA also offer free, one-to-one cycle training, suitable for all levels. Even one hour of training can help you improve your confidence cycling on the road. Simply email to arrange a session.

Transport in Edinburgh

Our campuses are well-served by Lothian Buses (and Edinburgh Trams at Sighthill), and the Transport for Edinburgh App will help you plan your route and track the progress of your bus/tram. Buying a Ridacard can be very good value if use the bus or tram a lot. You can set one up at Fresher’s or at a TravelShop.

Take the car

Driving is not recommended, as campus parking is limited. You need a parking permit to use the college car parks- you can apply for one at Reception. Having a permit does not guarantee you a space in the car park – the spaces are first come, first serve.

If driving feels like your only option, you could split the cost of fuel and enjoy a more social trip by sharing a lift. Sign up to Edinburgh College’s Liftshare website to find other students to share a ride with.

Need more help?

If you need any more help planning your journey, ECSA’s Go Green team hold weekly travel drop-ins where you can get more support with your travel. Drop-in times are available on the ECSA website. You can also email them at if you’d prefer to come in at a different time, or have any other questions.