Budget group accommodation at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Finding suitable and affordable accommodation at the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe can be a bit tricky to say the least. This is no small feat for theatre companies and groups of friends, but we like to think that we’ve got the perfect solution without the compromise or the insane price tag.
Here are a few things we think you should consider when looking for your group accommodation…
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH SPACE
Finding accommodation with enough beds is obviously a big factor, especially for your mate who draws the short straw and has to sleep on the floor! But what if you are a performance group and need storage space for props or instruments, or room to practice, or do your daily yoga routine in? When you’re looking for accommodation, finding a place with space to spread out, have your daily routines and not kill each other is an absolute must.
Edinburgh is a big city with lots of wonderful areas to explore, and the festival is spread out over hundreds of different venues. Budget accommodation shouldn’t mean it’s a hassle to find your way into the city centre. Always check out the local transport options to make sure you can get in and out of the city regularly and throughout the day and night – buses stopping at 9pm is no good to anyone!
HUNGRY, ON A BUDGET OR NEED A HOT SHOWER?
A place with access to cooking facilities should be a no brainer – otherwise you’ll spend a lot of money eating on the go. Not to mention when you’re surrounded by the craziness of the Fringe, coming home and having a home-cooked meal with your mates might be just what you need to relax.
If you’re considering AirBnb-ing it, it’s a good idea to make sure there are enough bathrooms at your accommodation. Sounds obvious, but it’s tempting to go for a last minute Airbnb until you release there’s 8 of you all sharing one shower and there’s not enough hot water!
If you’re new to the city, there’s nothing more helpful than first hand information. Wanting your own space does not mean you have to book your own apartment, but booking your own apartment does mean that you won’t benefit from being around other visitors and performers who could offer you tips on shows to go to or where to get the best coffee. There’s so much happening in Edinburgh over the Festival period, a little guidance goes a long way!
Edinburgh Festival Camping is extremely sociable so having both staff and other visitors around to share information will help you discover everything that Edinburgh has to offer.
YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
And don’t forget the little things that make you comfortable when away from home, like a nice cup of tea. Depending on how long you’re staying for, having a chance to relax away from the craziness of the city centre might be important to you. Think about what you need from your daily routine to be able to function fully and how your choice of accommodation will affect that.
WHAT ABOUT CAMPING?
We think we have the perfect accommodation to suit all groups and all budgets. Yes, we’re a campsite, but we’re also a spacious, friendly, open-minded home-away-from-home to many first-time and returning visitors and performers. Our Fringe Venue 403 has developed in the last 5 years into an exciting, inclusive, sociable and beautiful space now in our Giant Tipis, which are really the heart of our campsite.
We are proud of our welcoming community atmosphere. We have excellent shower facilities, loads of green space for kicking a ball around, having a BBQ or practising your show, and our super friendly staff are help you all day long. We are on public transport routes that are serviced 24 hours a day, with great links to the airport, and if you like a bacon sandwich in the morning, we make those too!
Expect to see people practising yoga or Tae-Kwon-Do by the lake in the mornings, making coffee under gazebos by their tents, or flicking through Fringe Programmes planning their day while their phones charge in the Tipis.