The masterplan, submitted to East Lothian Council, proposes the new campus on a 14ha site at Craighall. More than 4,000 staff and students are due to relocate from campuses at Corstorphine and Leith in 2007.
The existing premises need substantial and expensive refurbishment. The decision to relocate was announced in November last year, after the university evaluated possible sites around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.
The scheme will include academic buildings linked by a modern-day cloister with internet cafes, exhibition space and shops. There will also be 1,500 flats, a hotel and sports facilities around landscaped open space. Principal Professor Anthony Cohen said: "We want to be an essential part of the community."