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The Glasshouse off the Mile is offering students and their families a sparkling way to celebrate graduation day.

The stunning restaurant, the latest venue for acclaimed Scottish chef Steven Adair, offers diners contemporary yet affordable Scottish cuisine using the very best locally sourced ingredients.

Its superb location – just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in St Giles Street – means it is minutes away from the main central venues that will host the graduation ceremonies for Edinburgh students.

A special three course menu has been put together for both lunch and dinner – each offering a complimentary glass of prosecco.

The full release is available at the website of Holyrood Partnership PR in Edinburgh.

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Braemore's garage on Dublin Street

Braemore

Read the full story in the Edinburgh Evening News here: http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/Student-begs-to-live-in.4653617.jp

It’s a common belief that students will do almost anything to save money while undertaking their university studies.

But staff at Edinburgh’s leading letting agent were left bewildered after one undergraduate enquired about making the ultimate term-time saving – by renting a garage to live in.

The garage at Dublin Street South Lane was advertised on Braemore Property Management’s website at £160 per month and had been expected to attract interest from New Town residents looking for a secure lock up for their vehicles.

But the property also caught the eye of one opportunistic student in Edinburgh, who phoned the company to ask whether he could rent it out to live in during his studies.

Clinton Joubert, the Property Sales Manager who took the call, said: “When I heard what he wanted to do, it left me completely bemused. It’s such an unusual request to receive, as the property is clearly a garage and you could not live in it.
 
“From my understanding the student had been living abroad for some time and unfortunately he has lost contact with family and friends and as a result has no guarantor and a lack of savings.

“It certainly was a first in receiving such a bizarre request but highlights the difficult position many potential tenants are facing at the moment.”

Braemore Property Management, which is based in Dundas Street and has a portfolio of nearly 850 properties worth more than £250 million, advertises all vacant properties on its website in order of rent prices.

Bosses at the firm believe that, as the garage had the lowest rental price of all the properties on the list, it had attracted the attention of the opportunistic student.

Colette Murphy, director at Braemore Property Management, said: “We take a lot of calls from people looking to rent properties in Edinburgh and we are confident that we can find the right home for almost everyone who contacts us.

“However, this case left us completely bewildered. The caller had obviously seen that it was the cheapest property on our website and wondered if it could actually be lived in.

“Of course, we had to tell him that there was no way he could legally rent it as a place to live but I’m sure that, if we’d let him have it, he would have been quite happy to just set up a camp bed or a sleeping bag in there.

“It shows the difficulty people are still having when it comes to buying and renting properties in Edinburgh, as well as proving that some people will do anything to try and secure one.”

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The party season has well and truly kicked off at Edinburgh’s original VIP club Opal Lounge.

The subterranean George Street hotspot hosts some of the city’s best club nights seven nights a week:

Opal Lounge's Golden Girls

Monday: Dirty Stop Out
A brand new club night has launched on Monday nights to kick off the week in high style. DJ Andrew Taylor and special guests will Dirty Stop Out to Opal Lounge for party people who wish to start the week as they mean to go on with a mashed up mix of the latest funky music, twisted with old skool and R&B.

This night runs from 10pm to 3am and is £4 before 11pm and £5 after.

Tuesday: Mother Funk
Tuesday nights are all about the Edinburgh institution that is Mother Funk. The night, which can boast Kate Moss as a fan, features two of Edinburgh’s most recognised DJs Gino and Fryer. The night, which has been a dance floor favourite for 12 years, plays heavy funk, deep disco, sweet soul and real hip-hop – a New York feel to Scotland’s capital.

This night runs from 10pm to 3am and is free entry.

Wednesday: Chambles
Chambles is the city’s well-grounded student-friendly night. Featuring everything from electro-pop, club classics and disco to R&B – anything that can add to an unforgettable night. Fantastic drink deals all night and the incontestably best party in town from Jez Hill.

This night runs from 10pm to 3am and is £5 entry.

Thursday: Coco Island
Gareth Sommerville brings the latest party beats to Opal Lounge’s Polynesian Paradise each Thursday. Hula skirts and straw hats adorn the crowd with Coconut Rum punch & Bikini Rumba cocktails the flavour of the night. 

 This night runs from 10pm to 3am and is £5 entry.

Friday: Friday at Opal
Jez Hill, one of Edinburgh’s most experienced and charismatic DJs brings a heady mix of electro-pop, classic beats and disco, mixed up with anything else in his box that screams ‘now’.

This night runs from 9pm to 3am. Entry is free before 10pm, £4 before 11pm and £8 after.

Saturday: Saturday at Opal
Saturday’s late night soiree, featuring DJ Dave Shedan, is a bustling fusion of glamorous vocal house, accessible electro, past and present club classics with a hint of R&B. Shedan has been resident at Opal since day dot so is the man to work the Opal dance floor. Guest DJ John Hutchison of Tokyoblu is on a monthly rotation.

This night runs from 9pm to 3am. Entry is free before 10pm, £4 before 11pm and £8 after.

Sunday: Rise
Two of Edinburgh’s most celebrated DJs John Hutchison and Gareth Sommerville have joined forces to launch the city’s freshest club night Rise. The pair brings shimmering, sexy grooves, temperature raising electro house and cherished club classics to a sexy night to end the weekend in style. 

This night runs from 10pm to 3am and is £4 entry.

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