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 Edinburgh. 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:

  • 2022-23 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 30/11/23   12:34PM

Graduates turn dreams into reality with new theatre company

MGA alumni in the spotlight after creating new theatre company ALUMNI from one of Scotland’s top performing arts academies have started their own theatre company following their recent graduation this summer. David Gardner and Will Robertson had dreams of starting their own theatre company since meeting during their BA (Hons)… » Read more

Published 22/11/23   1:32PM

Applications for September 2024 Now Open!

Apply for a course at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts and be part of something extraordinary! Our first auditions for our 2024 intake will be held in Livingston on Monday 15th January 2024! See below for information about all our course levels and apply today! Read More

Published 24/5/23   3:40PM

'Strictly' stars inspire next generation!

Our lucky Musical Theatre and Dance students were treated to an unforgettable experience as performers from Strictly Ballroom: The Musical took a break from touring and brought the glitz and glamour of ballroom dancing to life The MGA Academy of Performing Arts last week! Kevin Clifton, BBC Strictly Come Dancing… » Read more

Get in touch

Phone: 0330 058 0656

General enquiries/student information:

Office address:  Barbara Ritchie House, Livingston, West Lothian, United Kingdom
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