Living in Edinburgh

The MGA Academy is ideally situated in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, one of the UK’s most student friendly cities, with a total student population of over 90,000!

As well as being renowned as an exciting and welcoming city, Edinburgh is a major European cultural centre full of history, architecture, world-class museums, galleries, theatre, art and music, not to mention the nightlife and of course playing host to one of the biggest performing arts festivals on Earth. There really is something for everyone in Edinburgh and with excellent train, bus and air links from the city, it’s easy to explore further afield should you choose to!



As an MGA student, you can apply for accommodation in one of the iQ student developments. With prices to suit all budgets, these ensuite rooms and apartments are a stones throw away from MGA and offer fixed-term rent and all-inclusive bills making sure you know exactly what you are paying with no unwanted surprises throughout the year.

For more information iQ student accommodation click here.

Of course, this is just one option available to MGA students and while MGA does not offer any on-campus accommodation, we will happily put students in contact with local providers of student accommodation and private landlords. If you would like more information on accommodation in Edinburgh, contact the MGA office.

Full-Time Auditions

Applications are taken all year round, until course places are full – so the earlier in the year you apply, the more places will be available.

Auditions are in person at MGA campus in Livingston. A member of our team will be in touch within two weeks of submission to take you through the process. Apply now »

In-person audition dates:

  • 2024-25 dates coming soon

If you are unsure which course to apply for, please get in touch and the MGA Team will be happy to discuss it with you.

Published 9/2/24   9:15AM

Contemporary Elite Intensive - The MGA Academy x WHITE AND GIVAN

In celebration of the launch of our BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Course in September 2024, our Artists in Residence and Programme Leaders ‘WHITE AND GIVAN’ are hosting a Contemporary Elite Intensive on Saturday 2nd March 2024 for the UK’s most promising young talent in Contemporary Dance (age 16+). Attendance is… » Read more

Published 13/1/24   9:10AM

MGA Academy to Host Open Day

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day event this February. Following on from the success of our open day in November, We will be opening our doors on Thursday 29th February once again. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with… » Read more

Published 11/12/23   9:57AM

Christmas Wish aims to raise vital funds for charity

ONE of Scotland’s leading performing arts schools has announced it will be hosting its annual magical Christmas show to raise vital funds for a prominent mental health charity. Taking place for one night only on December 13th at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, MGA Academy has promised that the extravaganza will have… » Read more

Get in touch

Phone: 0330 058 0656

General enquiries/student information:

Office address:  Silver Rock Studios,  Almondvale Business Park,   Almondvale Way,   Livingston,   West Lothian,   United Kingdom,  EH54 6GA
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