Accommodation in Edinburgh

There are a wide range of accommodation options available in Edinburgh that range from budget hostels to high-end boutique hotels.  Edinburgh has a small city centre that is easy to navigate on foot (although there is also a good bus network  – see travel info).  Crossing the city centre from the west end of Princess Street to the conference venue on the east side of the city near the Royal Mile and Old Town takes approximately 25 minutes by foot.  With that in mind, most “city centre” accommodation will not require epic walks to get to the conference venue. We’d recommend searching for the best deals on one of many accommodation websites such as



  • The most cost-effective accommodation is one of the several youth hostels in the city centre. Beds in a mixed dorm cost as little as £15/night.  Private rooms are also available in many hostels with prices generally >£60/night. (search:
  • The University of Edinburgh has B&B accommodation in some of the student accommodation blocks around the city centre. The cheapest options are at Pollock Halls, which is located on the edge of Holyrood Park at the foot of Arthur’s Seat (the volcano near the city centre) and a 15 min walk to the workshop venue.  Single rooms with B&B facilities cost as little as £38/night. (search:




Many of the major hotel chains have locations in the city centre and these cost on average about £100-130/night, but there are some less expensive (and good!) options.  The closest mainstream hotels include 1) the ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge-Royal Mile and 2) the Jurys Inn Edinburgh.  There are plenty of other options available on and other websites.