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5 Different Types of Accommodation in Edinburgh

By Carol Riley Subscribe to RSS | April 18th 2012 | Views:

If you're considering the option of property to rent in Edinburgh, then you are at the right place. Explained below are the types of accommodations that are available for you in Edinburgh. This is not an exhaustive list though.

Council accommodation

This kind of accommodation can be in many forms. Mostly people think that these kinds of properties are large blocks of flats on a sprawling estate, or a terraced house on a street with a number of other identical properties. Most council properties are like this but there are always exceptions.

Local authorities are one of the largest landowners in UK, and so the type and range of properties is extremely diverse. However, the quality and condition of the Edinburgh property you end up in depends on the overall standard of the area you live in.

Hostels, halls and purpose built accommodation

This option is availed mostly be university students and medical workers. It is also occupied by other people from professional establishment. Mostly this kind of accommodation consist lockable rooms in a flat for 4-6 individuals with a shared kitchen and bathroom. There can also be a lounge in the flat or a shared common area for each floor of the building or each separate block. Most hostels work like this but they allow people to stay for nightly, weekly or monthly durations.

House sharing or flat

This is the most common form of property to rent in Edinburgh. A flat or house share means that people live together in a private residence and share all facilities like, bathroom, kitchen garden etc. Normally in such arrangements people share responsibility for payment of bills and council tax of the property. These kinds of arrangements are mostly common between groups of friends, though people who don’t know each other also live in a shared accommodation. The kind of properties vary and can be a two bedroom flat or even an eight-bedroom house.


Another option is of staying as a lodger. The way this works is that a landlord rents a room out for a number of reasons e.g. they may be alone with rooms to spare or in need of some company or extra money, it can also be a couple that have bought a bigger flat and have now found themselves financially overstretched etc.

Studio apartments

Essentially, a studio flat is a large area with all facilities in it. The kitchen in it might or might not be in a separate room to the main living area. There are absolutely no shared facilities in a studio flat and you always have your own lockable entrance door. Studio flats expensive and spacious.

Carol Riley - About Author:
Carol Riley is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information to rent flat in edinburgh, please visit property to rent in edinburgh.

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