Edinburgh is a spectacular city, regarded as one of the most beautiful and friendly cities in the world. Edinburgh is the greenest city in the UK with 49.1% of the city is green space (The Guardian, Jan 2017). Edinburgh has it all – stunning architecture, abundant parks, state-of-the-art sports facilities, world-famous museums, galleries and theatres, and a lively social scene.
As an international student city (around 15% of the 450,000 inhabitants are students) good value accommodation, including homestay and halls, is easy to find as well as plenty of shops and supermarkets catering to all international needs. Edinburgh’s compact size also means students can travel around easily, cheaply and safely. The city offers excellent transport networks as well as direct links to many other cities throughout the UK, Europe and globally.
As the ‘City of Festivals’, Edinburgh buzzes throughout the year - hosting international film and music festivals, as well as the world’s largest arts and dance festival in August during our English Language Summer School
, attracting tens of thousands of people from around the world and doubling the city's population in the process – not to be missed!
For students looking for some peace and quiet, a short train journey will take them to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and the most stunning mountainous landscapes.
- Visitors travel from all over the globe to see Edinburgh's, designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edinburgh Castle is the city's most famous feature and sits perched on an extinct volcano that overlooks the city.
Edinburgh Zoo has always been popular but is now definitely worth a visit as it is home to two new star attractions, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the UK's only giant pandas.
- Step back in time at The Real Mary King's Close to discover an underground world which shows Edinburgh life hundreds of years ago.
- Visit Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, a Victorian observatory on the Royal Mile and learn about the history of the city is on a visit to.
- Climb aboard, The Royal Yacht Britannia, which took the British royal family around the world, and provides a glimpse into the private lives of royalty. Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela and the Queen.
Food and Drink
Edinburgh is a food lover's paradise. Whether you want to treat yourself to fine dining in one of the city's Michelin-star restaurants or enjoy coffee and a cake in the region's many cafes and tearooms, you won't be disappointed. There is also an excellent choice of bars and pubs where you're guaranteed a warm welcome and great food and drink.
Edinburgh city centre boasts an exciting and diverse range of shops. Just behind Princes Street, you will find the only Harvey Nichols store in Scotland and on nearby George Street you will find a range of exclusive shops alongside high street favourites. If you are looking for shopping with a difference, the Royal Mile offers a typically Scottish feel with countless shops selling souvenirs alongside top-quality cashmere, whisky and delicious handmade fudge.
Parks and Gardens
Discover the Royal Botanic Gardens, a beautiful place for a walk, visit the greenhouses where chilli peppers grow or step inside the John Hope Gateway, an eco-friendly visitor centre where you can learn more about plants.
Holyrood Park, at the foot of the Royal Mile, is also very central. From the park, you can walk up the iconic Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano. The views of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife are spectacular.
Princes Street Gardens is a popular city centre garden surrounded by the beautiful cityscape of Edinburgh and home to some of the city's most attractive landmarks, including the towering Scott Monument and the gloriously ornate Ross Fountain.
The Edinburgh Festival in August is full of Performing arts, music, drama, exhibitions, films, comedy and talks. You can also visit a traditional Highland games event to feel the Scottish culture.