Built around the historic 16th-century birthplace and home of our very own John Napier, Merchiston campus is home to our creative, computing and engineering students. Situated in the buzzing neighbourhood of Bruntsfield, independent cafes, restaurants and shops are just around the corner.
Our Merchiston campus is situated in the heart of Edinburgh and is home to two schools:
This mix of disciplines helps create an inspiring, innovative and collaborative atmosphere. This is enhanced by facilities from cutting-edge cyber security labs to TV and film studios. In addition, Merchiston boasts a business incubator, two cafes and a 500-seat computing centre, with both Mac and PC hardware, that is open round-the-clock in Trimesters 1 and 2.
Merchiston is also home to the Edinburgh Napier Students' Association. We also have rehearsal and performance spaces in a converted church just around the corner in nearby Morningside.
- 500-seat Jack Kilby Computing Centre, open 24 hours a day in Trimesters 1 and 2
- State-of-the-art music studios
- TV and radio studios
- Computer games lab
- Networking labs featuring the latest Cisco kit
- Bright Red Triangle business incubator
- VBase volunteering centre
Our Merchiston campus is well-served by public transport to and from the centre of the city. In addition, there are numerous cycle paths in the area and bike storage facilities on site.
Several Lothian Buses services from the city centre stop close to the campus:
Edinburgh boasts a very efficient network of environmentally friendly buses that will take you all across the city and out to the suburbs. All our campuses are served by Lothian Buses offers for a flat-rate fare throughout the city, making getting to university cheap and easy. What's more, full-time students are also eligible for a Student Ridacard offering discounted travel.
- Service 45 from the city centre stops at bus stop 'Napier University (SW)' opposite the campus.
- Services 11, 15, 16, 23, 36 and 45 from the city centre stop at bus stop 'Holy Corner (S)' on nearby Bruntsfield Place.
- Service 5 from the city centre stops at bus stop 'Churchill (S)' on nearby Morningside Road.
While there is no direct bus service from Edinburgh Airport to the campus, you can easily take Service 100 from the airport (Stance D) to 'Shandwick Place', walk one minute to 'Queensferry' (Stop QB), and take Service 36 to 'Holy Corner'. Merchiston campus is just a five minute walk along Colinton Road and Merchiston Avenue.
Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket are situated in the city centre. From Edinburgh Waverley, take a Lothian Buses 10, 11, 15, 16 or 23 from Princes Street; from Haymarket, there are no direct bus services to the campus but Lothian Buses 12, 26 and 31 will easily connect you to services 10, 11, 15, 16 or 23 at Lothian Road.
Timetables and further information on rail services can be found through National Rail Enquires.
Edinburgh is home to an expanding network of cycle paths and covered and secure bike storage as well as shower facilities are available at the campus. The City of Edinburgh Council publishes useful information on planning cycle routes within the city.
The campus is situated in a residential area to the south-west of the city. Please note that on-campus parking is strictly by permit only, with limited on-street parking available in the surrounding area.
Disabled access guide
For a detailed access guide to our Merchiston campus, please visit here. For a detailed guide to accessing our dedicated music department and building within Merchiston itself, please visit here.