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Coordinates: 55°56′46″N 3°11′17″W / 55.94611°N 3.18806°W / 55.94611; -3.18806 The Potterrow Mandela Centre or Potterrow Student Centre is a students' union building in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The building is operated by Edinburgh University Students' Association. The name "Potterrow" recalls a mediaeval suburb which stood outside the town walls. Its Victorian buildings and street layout disappeared when the University demolished the area for redevelopment in the mid 1960s.[1]

Potterrow contains a variety of student entertainment and support services including a shop, a bank, two cafés, Edinburgh's largest nightclub, the University's Chaplaincy, The Advice Place and the main EUSA offices.[2]

During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, the building is used as a comedy venue under the name Pleasance Dome with five performing spaces, operated by the Pleasance Theatre Trust.[3]

In 1986, students voted to rename the centre in honour of imprisoned anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela.[4]

With its distinctive large Plexiglas dome, the building was designed by noted architects Morris and Steedman and completed in 1973.[5] The centre was refurbished in 2012.[6]


  1. ^ "Lost Edinburgh: Bristo Street". Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ Edinburgh University Students' Association, George Square and Potterrow
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Nelson Mandela British Honours List". Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives. 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Potterrow Development Design and Access Report" (PDF). LDN Architects. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Potterrow Dome Courtyard". Graham. Retrieved 2 May 2013.