Available from mid-July to the beginning of September, Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel takes over Edinburgh University’s halls of residence on the Cowgate, to provide great value accommodation for visitors to Scotland’s capital during the peak summer months.

Accommodation is in single rooms only, within private apartments of 4, 5 and 6 rooms available to book. Each apartment has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, with reception open 24 hours. Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel is ideal for groups or individuals visiting the city.

Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel is located only minutes from the famous Royal Mile, Grassmarket, the Scottish Parliament and all the Edinburgh Festival action. Whether you are visiting Edinburgh for shopping, sightseeing or to enjoy the museums and nightlife, Edinburgh Metro is an ideal base. This part of town really comes alive during Edinburgh Festival, with many terrific venues within a few minutes’ walking distance.

Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel offers free WIFI to all guests. If we are fully booked please check our other youth hostels in town: Edinburgh Central or Edinburgh Haddington Place.


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Food and Drink

  • Groups meals service (Packed Breakfast)
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Distance to nearest shop nearby
  • Laundry
  • Private rooms available
  • Total beds 200

Internet Access

  • WiFi access (charges apply) free


  • Distance to airport 8 miles
  • Distance to bus stop nearby
  • Distance to train station nearby



For more information please download the full access statement for this youth hostel here. This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

Open July and August

Tel: 0131 524 2090

There is a 24-hour reception and access for you to enjoy the City.

Check in from 16:00

Check out 10:00.

Please note that there are no disabled facilities and access to all rooms is via stairs only - a lift is not available.  If you have any issues with climbing stairs, please make contact with the hostel prior to booking.

All rooms are grouped in flats of 4, 5 or 6 single rooms sharing a bathroom and a well-equipped self-catering kitchen. This may not suit all families especially with small children and we advise that families ensure they have booked an apartment for sole use. 

You might share the flat, but your privacy is guaranteed as all rooms are individually lockable (£10 key deposit required). Bedding is included and a take away breakfast / packed lunch is available if ordered in advance.

You can now book an entire apartment - all 4, 5 or 6 rooms for your sole use.

We look forward to welcoming you to SYHA Edinburgh Metro.

For a printable version of this information click here to download youth hostel fact sheet.

Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our hostels.


11/2 Robertson's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1LY Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 8718

Email: edinburghmetro@hostellingscotland.org.uk


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As part of our commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, our youth hostels are assessed by Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification in the world. The assessment covers areas such as energy saving, waste minimisation, social responsibility and travel.

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