Living in Edinburgh

Here at MGA we are proud and delighted to offer excellent training and performing opportunities from one of the most beautiful locations in the world! You’ll find that Edinburgh is full of friendly faces and endless things to do and see.

The City

Edinburgh is a lively mix of historical and modern, from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle through to high street stores and local boutiques. And this being Scotland, great food and drink is never far away. If you want to escape the city buzz then the stunning Scottish coastline and countryside is right at your doorstep.

The city offers a range a residential options, and we have a great bus service, a central train station and airport, making travel into Edinburgh from UK locations, European cities and the rest of the world easy.

And don’t forget that Edinburgh is home to the greatest Performing Arts festival on the planet! During August you can enjoy the crazy carnival atmosphere of the Festivals, and even catch a performance from MGA – that’s if you’re not already in the show yourself!

During our time providing excellent performing arts training in Scotland, MGA has built up strong relationships with residents of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. So training with us is so much more than an ‘ordinary’ student experience – you will end up meeting the locals, and loving our city. In fact you might not want to leave!

Accommodation

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As well as the ordinary rental market in Edinburgh, MGA students are able to apply for accommodation in one of the iQ student developments. These blocks of ensuite rooms and apartments are furnished to extremely high standards, and are conveniently located very close to MGA. Whether you want to live like a king or in something slightly more low-key, iQ can offer you a student home to suit both lifestyle and budget. Find out more information and how to apply for iQ buildings on the iQ website.

MGA does not have any on-campus accommodation but will assist all students upon successful entry to a course by placing them 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. We are currently in Phase 3 to receive applications, which ends on March 27th.

Auditions are available in person (at MGA campus in Edinburgh) or by online video submission. Select the method you wish to audition via when you fill in our initial application form. 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:

  • Sunday 27th March 2022
  • Sunday 24th April 2022
  • Sunday 29th May 2022
  • Sunday 26th June 2022
  • Sunday 7th August 2022

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

Published 23/12/21   5:15PM

Merry Christmas from MGA

The whole team at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts wishes you a very merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year! We are enormously proud of the way our staff and students have embraced the ‘new normal’ this year, and have high hopes to see our students in some fantastic… » Read more

Published 13/12/21   5:10PM

Make MGA your New Year's destination

As 2021 draws to an end, why not choose MGA as your destination for 2022! MGA is now in Phase 2 of auditions for entry in September 2022. Apply now, this phase will close on January 16th 2022! Apply to audition, either online or in person in Edinburgh – whichever… » Read more

Published 27/8/21   10:21AM

Nakai in the spotlight!

The brand new movie adaption of “Cinderella” is ready to hit the big screen next week, featuring our 2017 Dance graduate Nakai Warikandwa (@nakaiwarikandwa)! Working alongside Camilla Cabello, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter, it’s been a long time coming for Nakai, but we can’t wait to finally watch her shine… » Read more

Published 11/6/21   9:38AM

Congratulations Caitlin!

Huge congratulations to our Musical Theatre class of 2018 graduate Caitlin Tipping! Caitlin is currently touring the UK as Jane Seymour, part of the new UK Tour cast of SIX The Musical. The whole MGA team couldn’t be more proud!