How to find the School of Engineering

Travelling to Edinburgh

You can locate the University of Edinburgh using the University Maps page. The School of Engineering is located at the King's Buildings campus of the University which houses most of the science departments of the University. The King's Buildings campus is located towards the south of Edinburgh, between the city centre and the city bypass road.

Travelling within Edinburgh to the King's Buildings campus

By private transport from the city bypass road:

To find the King's Buildings campus by road, take the A701 'Straiton' exit into the city from the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass (marked in green on the map above). You can see a detailed map of the route from the bypass exit to the King's Buildings campus here.

By public transport from the city centre or airport:

A map of the University of Edinburgh sites within the City of Edinburgh, and routes between them, is available as a high-quality PDF file suitable for printing:

Map of the City of Edinburgh with University of Edinburgh sites

There is no rail connection to the King's Buildings campus from the city centre or Edinburgh Airport but there are several bus routes, served by Lothian Buses.

Those arriving by train at Edinburgh Waverley station or from the airport using Airlink (service 100) bus  have a choice of bus routes and tickets. Unlimited day travel (except on the Airport bus and tours) is available with a Lothian Bus day ticket. Ask for a day ticket from the driver when you first get on a bus, the fare is £3.50 and only cash for the exact amount is accepted as payment. The single, one-way fare is £1.50 and again only cash for the exact amount is accepted as payment. You can also now buy and load your phone with Lothian Buses m-tickets which includes mobile phone tickets which can be used on the Airport service (see: lothianbuses.com/apps)  If you are travelling by train then ask for a PlusBus ticket for Edinburgh when you purchase your ticket.  This is an add-on to just about any train ticket, including advance purchase, which gives unlimited travel around Edinburgh by bus on most bus operators on the date on the ticket (however NOT valid on the Airlink [service 100] bus) it costs £3 and railcard holders get the normal discounts.  See www.plusbus.info/edinburgh for more information. 

For information, including current bus routes and timetables, go to the Lothian Buses website. Real time bus information and stop location is available at the City of Edinburgh Council BusTracker website.

Lothian Bus routes from the city centre to the King's Buildings campus:

  • Bus numbers 3, 7, 8, 29, X29, 31, X31, 37, X37, 49 from North Bridge (at the east end of Princes St.) to the Craigmillar Park/Lady Road traffic lights (frequent service). There is a 5/10 minute walk from the bus stop to the King's Buildings campus.
  • Bus number 24 from Lothian Road (at the west end of Princes St.) via Tollcross to Mayfield Road. The bus stop is just outside the King's Buildings campus, at the north-east end on the other side of the junction of Mayfield Road and West Mains Road. This service runs approximately every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, and every hour on Sunday daytime.
  • Bus number 41 from "The Mound" (Stop MD beside the National Gallery of Scotland) to the King's Buildings campus. The bus stop is at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre building within the campus. This service runs approximately every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. There is no Sunday service to the campus.
  • Bus number 42 from "The Mound" (Stop MD beside the National Gallery of Scotland) to the stop just before the junction of Mayfield Road and West Mains Road. This service runs approximately every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evening and hourly Sunday daytime.
  • Bus number 47 from Lothian Road (at the west end of Princes St.) via Tollcross to the Craigmillar Park/Lady Road traffic lights (every 15 minutes Mon to Fri daytime, 20 minutes Saturday/Sunday daytime, 30 minutes all evenings ). There is a 5/10 minute walk from the bus stop to the King's Buildings campus.
  • Bus number 67 from "The Mound" (Stop MD beside the National Gallery of Scotland) to Mayfield Road. The bus stop is just outside the King's Building's campus on the east side, opposite the School of Engineering Sanderson building. The service runs Monday to Friday only every hour with additional journeys at peak times. There is no late evening, Saturday or Sunday service.
  • Bus number 38 also stops close to the King's Buildings campus.  This service avoids the City Centre.

 

The School of Engineering at the King's Buildings campus - maps and information

The School of Engineering occupies buildings on both the east and west sides of the King's Building campus.

The buildings on the east side of the campus house the main School departments and offices, and the IDCOM, IES, IIE, IMP and IMNS (design) Research Institutes:

School of Engineering buildings map 1 (east side of King's Buildings campus).

The buildings on the west side of the campus house the IMNS (fabrication) Research Institute and the SMC (Scottish Microelectronics Centre):

School of Engineering buildings maps 2 (west side of King's Buildings campus).

All of the School of Engineering maps on this page are available as a single high-quality PDF file suitable for printing:

School of Engineering location maps

Maps of the whole of King's Building's campus with building names and locations are available as high-quality PDF files suitable for printing:

King's Buildings campus map (landscape format)

King's Buildings campus map (portrait format)

Parking at the King's Buildings Campus

Parking at the King's Buildings campus is by permit only. Visitors are requested to obtain a day parking permit from the Research Support Officer on arrival and display as per instructions on the permit.

In the event of receiving a parking penalty ticket, please forward to the Research Support Officer as soon as possible. It is also possible to obtain day permits from the Parking Office in Chambers Street.

For special events such as Open Days, parking restrictions may vary in certain areas but enquiries about parking should be made in advance.

Smoking

Please note that smoking is prohibited in all University of Edinburgh buildings.

Hotels

For overnight stays in Edinburgh, a list of suitable hotels can be found here (PDF).