Investor News

Five Reasons to Invest in Edinburgh Property

Five reasons to invest in Edinburgh property

Our managing director Malcolm is heading to Cape Town this month to host a seminar (event details below) on Edinburgh property investment, following recent interest from investors in South Africa.

For those of you interested in attending Malcolm’s seminar, or wondering if an Edinburgh property investment is for you, we’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons to consider Scotland’s capital.

High student population

With four universities in Edinburgh, there is a large student population in the city, which means there is a high demand for residential property. There are around 60,000 students studying in Edinburgh, and they all need homes!

As one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world and one of the global top 20 universities, The University of Edinburgh continues to attract students from all over the world to the city. Students like to stay in central properties near the main amenities and in groups of around three to five. Many seek out an ‘Edinburgh experience’ during their time here and prefer to stay in older more characterful properties – often with high ceilings and larger spaces for studying and socialising. These multi-bedroom period properties are often packed with original features in Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian tenements and make highly prized investment properties.

Affordable properties with high returns

Investment properties tend to range in price from circa £200,000 to £500,000 with consistently steady average rental returns as high as 6.7%. Over the years, Edinburgh has been home to the highest rents in Scotland with rents rising rapidly compared to the rest of the country – the average rent in the city is currently £984 per calendar month*.

Growing population

Thanks to Edinburgh’s growing tourism, technology and business industries, the city is enjoying a population boom with over 1.6 million people living within the city region. Experts have predicted that Edinburgh will become Scotland’s biggest city within the next couple of decades.

It’s not London

London is now mostly seen as too costly for many buy-to-let investors due to taxation. Experts have also predicted the potential for a market crash in London this year, leading to many investors looking at other UK cities. Edinburgh currently has the strongest economy of any UK city outside London.


Whilst the UK is still seen as an attractive place for investment, the political uncertainties surrounding our departure from the EU means the pound has decreased in value. However, investors can take advantage of better exchange rates, for example, the South African Rand is currently standing at 0.059 British Pounds.

So, if the above reasons for investing in Edinburgh sound interesting, why not meet Malcolm in Cape Town and find out what Cullen Property can do for you and your investment? If you would like to attend the seminar or arrange to meet Malcolm on a one-to-one basis, please email him at


If you're interested in investing in the UK, please come along to this no-obligation event to hear the opportunities and benefits of considering property investment in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

VENUE: The Atlantic Imbizo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

DATE: 21st February, 2017

TIME: 6-8pm