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.

If you would like more information on accommodation in Edinburgh, contact the MGA office.

Full-Time Audition Dates

Audition sessions for entry in September 2019 are:

  • 25th November
  • 27th January
  • 17th February (Dublin)
  • 17th March
  • 24th March (Manchester)
  • 28th April
  • 2nd June
  • 16th June
  • 18th August

All at MGA in Edinburgh except where stated otherwise.

If you are interested in applying for full-time courses at MGA fill in our application form and we will contact you with information on the application process and audition requirements. (You can also book on to the Open Day with this form.)

Published 22/11/18   5:33PM

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Published 5/10/18   11:57AM

Thomas Doherty in HBO miniseries!

Everyone at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is thrilled to hear the news that 2015 Musical Theatre graduate THOMAS DOHERTY will be appearing in a new HBO/Sky miniseries ‘Catherine The Great’ as Peter Zavadovsky, opposite Academy Award Winner HELEN MIRREN. The four-part show also features Gina McKee, Rory Kinnear,… » Read more

Published 18/9/18   3:00PM

A dream role for Megan

After only graduating from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts a year ago, Megan Gardiner (Musical Theatre, 2017) has just landed a dream role in the UK tour of Les Miserables as Cover Cosette for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. This UK tour begins in Leicester in November and moves round the… » Read more

Published 13/9/18   3:14PM

A new home for MGA…

Introducing the Rose Theatre, a new home for our Acting students and live performances. Originally The Rose Street Chapel, the Rose Theatre is now newly refurbished and renovated by our wonderful MGA Patron Peter Schaufuss. With offices, rehearsal spaces and three beautiful performance venues it is with a great deal… » Read more