South Side is an expansive and popular area of Edinburgh, especially for students. Below we've compiled essential information about the current property market and what it's like to live in South Side so you can decide if it's for you or not. 

South Side at a glance*

Average selling price
Median time to sell
24 days
Average % of Home Report achieved
Most popular property type
2 bedroom flat

To find out more about the local market, contact your local ESPC agent today. Find an agent

* Sales statistics shown here are for the wider Edinburgh City Centre area, due to data availability. Figures are based on properties marketed and sold through ESPC. Home Report valuations relate to properties where the Home Report was available on Figures relate to the 3 month period ending on 31/08/2023

South Side lies to the south of Edinburgh's Old Town, close to Newington and Holyrood Park, and stretches down towards Morningside and Blackford. The area is popular with students, with both the main University of Edinburgh campus lying along its northern border and Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston Campus lying a stone's throw away from the area's eastern border. 

Houses in South Side are mainly traditional tenement flats interspersed with a number of modern apartment complexes. Click here to view flats currently for sale in South Side. There are occasionally houses for sale in South Side too, though less common. You can view our current selection of houses for sale in South Side here


Amenities in South Side

Below we've listed the amenities available in South Side. 


High Schools
James Gillespie's High School
St Thomas Of Aquin's High

Primary Schools
Preston Street Primary School
St Peter's RC Primary School

Higher Education
The main University of Edinburgh Campus and the Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston Campus both lie close to South Side. 

The Royal Blind School is also situated within South Side. 


South Side doesn't have its own train station, however residents within the northern parts of the area live within walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley Train Station where they can take a train to other areas of Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK. Residents in the furthest reaches of South Side will still have less than an hour's walk to Waverley. Visit the ScotRail website to find out more

Near Waverley Train Station there is also an Edinburgh Tram stop, where residents can take a tram right out to Edinburgh Airport with a generous selection of stops along the way. Visit the Edinburgh Trams website for more details

Lothian Buses run several buses through South Side or nearby. The main bus routes through the area are the 5, 24 and 41. All three routes run into the city centre, but to different areas of Edinburgh when travelling out of the city centre. Visit the Lothian Buses website for more details and to download timetables. 

Edinburgh Bus Station is also only a few streets away from Waverley Train Station, where South Side residents can travel to other parts of Scotland the UK via Megabus and CityLink. Visit the Megabus website here and the Citylink website here

Green Space

The very popular Edinburgh Meadows is situated within the South Side. Residents towards the eastern border will also be within walking distance of Holyrood Park, home to Arthur's Seat. 


Residents can sign up for a GP at Bruntsfield Medical Practice, Dalkeith Road Medical Practice, Marchmont Medical Practice and Meadows Medical Practice. There are also six dentists to choose from, with several more not far from the boundaries of South Side. 

Sport & Fitness

Craigmillar Park Golf Course lies not far from the southern edge of South Side and Prestonfield Golf Club can be found not far from the area's eastern boundary. 

Food Shopping

Residents in the south-west corner can walk to the Waitrose in Morningside. While residents in the south-east corner can walk to the ALDI and Sainsbury's in Cameron Toll. You can also find several branches of Sainsbury's Local and Tesco Express shops across the area.


Residents in the northern parts of South Side are within walking distance of the nightclubs on the Royal Mile and around Cowgate. There are also quieter pubs and bars in South Side itself. 


Church of Scotland
Marchmont St Giles' Parish Church
Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
Priestfield Parish Church
St Catherine's Argyle Church

Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh
St Columba's Catholic Church

Other denominations
Bruntsfield Evangelical Church
Christ Church (Scottish Episcopal Church)
Duncan Street Baptist Church
Edinburgh Elim Church
Morningside United Church