International student resources

International CafÉ

Here in Edinburgh, we want to make every international student feel welcome! Through weekly sharing, chats over tea, and an optional Bible study. We seek to build relationships with our international friends and to offer them the best gift we can – the gospel of Jesus Christ!

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International Churches

There are loads of churches in Edinburgh with some that do services in languages other than English- to find out what services each Church runs, just click the name to go to their website.

Church name with website link
Edinburgh Chinese Christian Church
Edinburgh Japanese Church
Edinburgh Korean Grace Church
Ross Chapel Korean Church
Edinburgh Korean Church
Polish Church
Chinese Evangelical Church in Edinburgh

Living in Edinburgh

Some helpful information about the facilities and services in Edinburgh such as shopping, banks, travelling, storage, and health.

Health
Banks
Travel
Storage
ShopsAsian grocery stores
Halal grocery stores
European grocery stores

Health

You can apply for the University Health Service at http://www.health-service.ed.ac.uk/

You can only book an appointment with the doctor once you have registered with the GP at the University. Make sure you do this in the first week of university!

If you want to be registered with a dentist then Vitality Dental and Optical is one of the closest- located inside Potterrow, Central Campus of Edinburgh University.

Banks

HSBC Bank 
76 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EL
T. 0345 740 4404

Barclays Bank 
10-15 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN
T. 03457 345345

Bank of Scotland 
112 St James Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3AD
T. 0345 602 0000

Bank of Scotland
30 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DL
T. 0345 724 2424

NatWest Bank 
109 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JW
T. 0345 788 8444

Santander 
31 Hanover St, Edinburgh, EH2 2EB
T. 0800 085 1491

Travel

If you will be using buses a lot then the bus pass (ridacard) could be worth considering. Be careful to compare the price of the card with the price of adult single tickets. For example, the 4 week pass only saves you money if you make more than 28 journeys.

For bus routes and ticket prices see lothian buses website.


Alternatively, if you plan to travel around the UK by train, a rail card will be very handy. Remember to choose the correct Rail Card type (the 16-25 railcard is usually the best one for students).

www.thetrainline.com/railcards

Storage

Lovespace
Tel.: 0800 802 1018

Big Yellow
Tel.: 0131 453 5769

SafeStore
Tel.: 0800 444 800

Edinburgh Self Storage
Tel.: 0131 337 7277

Shops

Asian Grocery Stores

Janatha Food Store
Indian grocery store
34-36 Montrose Terrace
Closes 8PM  
0131 661 8000

Maqbools Supermarket
International supermarket
36 Potterrow
9AM-8PM 
0131 667 1778

Hut Bazar
Asian grocery store
160 - 162 Great Jct St
9.30AM-8PM 
0131 554 2877

Spice of Asia
International supermarket
398 Gorgie Rd
9AM-9PM
0131 337 5699

Superior Oriental
Asian grocery store
84-86 S Clerk St
11.30AM-9PM 
0131 667 6667

Amall Supermarket
Asian supermarket
125 Lauriston Pl
10AM-8.30PM
0131 477 2534
Matthews Foods 萬富行
Chinese supermarket
36 Inglis Green Rd
9.30AM-5PM  
0131 443 8686

Hing Sing
Chinese supermarket
310 Leith Walk
10AM-6PM 
0131 554 4333

Hua Xing 
Chinese Supermarket
48-50 Ratcliffe Terrace
10AM-7PM 
0131 662 9892

朗御 LangYu
Chinese supermarket
Capability Scotland
9.30AM-8:30PM


Aihua Supermarket
Chinese supermarket
36 W Crosscauseway
10AM-9PM 
0131 662 8888

南洋亚洲华人超市 Nanyang Chinese Supermarket
6 - 7 Simpson Loan
11.30AM-7.30PM 
07921 854932
Sanpo Yoshi
Asian grocery store
268 Gorgie Rd
10.30AM-7PM
0131 347 1304

Thai@Haymarket
Thai grocery store
39 Dalry Rd
11AM-8PM  
0131 313 4888

Maycheelin
Asian Supermarket
67 Holyrood Rd
11.30AM-8.30PM
0131 629 1101

PCY Oriental
Chinese supermarket
199, 201 Leith Walk
10AM-6PM 
0131 554 0358

星光便利 Starlight 
Chinese Supermarket
25-29 Clerk St
10AM-8PM 
0131 667 8951

Halal Grocery Stores

Ijaz Halal Market
Grocery store 
53 Nicolson St
+44 131 667 4375

Halal Meat
66 Gorgie Rd
+44 131 346 2244

Al Halal
Butcher shop 
42 Polwarth Cres
+44 131 221 9569

Al Medina
Grocery store 
10 Nicolson Square
+44 131 668 4704

Bismillah Food Store
Grocery store 
3 Nicolson Square
+44 131 662 4308

Maqbools Supermarket
Grocery store 
36 Potterrow
+44 131 667 1778 
Continental Food
Grocery store 
368 Gorgie Rd
+44 131 346 2185

Crescent Foods
Butcher shop 
2 Strachan Rd
+44 131 332 7806

Akdeniz Mediterranean Supermarket
Grocery store 
82-90 Leith Walk
+44 131 467 3980

Rajah's Supermarket
Supermarket · 33 Albert St
+44 131 555 1619

Kebab Mahal
Indian 
7 Nicolson Square
Cult halal curry house & takeaway
+44 131 667 5214

Roti
Indian 
42 South Bridge
+44 131 557 8820

Zaza's Coffee House
Coffee shop 
21 Grassmarket
+44 131 226 5635

Elfalafel
Middle Eastern 
15 Bristo Pl
+44 131 477 2455

Beirut
Lebanese  
24 Nicolson Square
+44 131 667 9919

Kezban Mediterranean Restaurant
Mediterranean · 9-10 Commercial St
+44 131 553 1078

Laila's
Mediterranean 
63 Cockburn St
+44 131 226 5097

Hanam's
Middle Eastern 
3 Johnston Terrace
+44 131 225 1329

EUROPEAN grocery Stores

Touch Of Poland
Grocery store
66 S Clerk St
10AM-7:30PM

Taste of Europe
Grocery Store
106B Dalry Rd
8AM-8PM

Taste of Poland
Grocery Store
352 Leith Walk
10AM-8PM

Edinburgh Supermarket Żabka Sklep
251 Leith Walk
10AM-10PM