10 reasons to study in Edinburgh this summer

1. Edinburgh is a city that has it all

Where else can you spend the summer studying as well as enjoying the best festivals; visiting half of Scotland’s top attractions for free; submerging yourself in heaps of history; hiking the hills; bathing at beautiful beaches; dropping in on blockbuster film locations; going to gorgeous gardens; savouring fabulous food; and doing oodles of all of these gratis? Why Edinburgh of course!

2. The best festivals

From June to August, Edinburgh is jam-packed with a wide-range of festivals taking place across the city to suit everyone.


Edinburgh Whisky Festival (6 June 2020)

Let’s Rock Scotland! (13 June 2020)

Leith Festival (13-21 June)

Edinburgh International Film Festival (17 – 28 June 2020)

Pride Edinburgh (20 June 2020)

Great Scottish Walk and Run Festival (27 June 2020)


Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival (17 July 2020)

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (17 – 26 July 2020)

Midstock Festival 2020 (24–25 Jul 2020)

Edinburgh Art Festival (30 July – 30 August 2020)


Edinburgh Food Festival (31 July – 2 August 2020)

Fringe by the Sea (7-16 August)

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (7 – 29 August 2020)

Edinburgh International Festival (7 – 31 August 2020)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (7 – 31 August 2020)

Edinburgh International Book Festival (15 – 31 August 2020)

3. Top attractions

Half of the most visited attractions in Scotland are in Edinburgh so there is loads to visit and explore.

National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Scottish National Gallery

St Giles’ Cathedral

Royal Botanic Garden

National War Museum

Regimental Museum of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Edinburgh Zoo

The Royal Yacht Britannia

4. Heaps of History 

With a past dating back thousands of years, Edinburgh is heaped in geographic, cultural, economic, intellectual, environmental, religious, social and military history – an ideal destination for anyone who wants to learn and develop their English language skills.

5. Hiking & Hill Walking

A perfect way to keep fit and healthy whilst you study in Edinburgh is to explore some of the local hills, where you will enjoy spectacular views over the city and surrounding area.

Arthur Seat is bang in the city centre; the Pentland Hills are just a short journey by bus to the south of the city; or a little further to the east of Haddington (an easy express bus or train ride) to the volcanic rocks of the Garleton Hills and the beauty of Traprain Law.   Stunning views are the ascent reward but do check the weather conditions and walking advice prior your journey.

6. Beautiful beaches

When the sun is shining, a day at the seaside watching small boats bobbing near the shore or strolling along Edinburgh beaches are fun things to do.

Edinburgh is the gateway to some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the UK.  On the doorstep are Cramond and Portobello and go a little further round the coast for  Yellow Craigs, Gullane, North Berwick. Take a break from your studies, pack a picnic and (your swimmers) and head off to the beach with your friends.

7. Edinburgh on film

Edinburgh has played a starring role as a superb film location for some of the UK’s best loved films. Go on location and check out where movie blockbusters and hit TV series have been filmed in Edinburgh.

Download the brilliant guides compiled by This is Edinburgh and choose your favourite hits such as Trainspotting, One Day, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Illusionist, Outlander, Sunshine on Leith, Avengers: Infinity War, Chariots of Fire, The Railway Man and the Outlaw King.  

Edinburgh is also home to the world’s longest continually-running film festival, International Film Festival, held every June.  

8. Gorgeous Gardens

Edinburgh is packed with accessible gorgeous gardens for you to visit to soak up some tranquillity and hush, away from the hustle and bustle.

From large spaces at Royal Botanic Garden, Princes Street Gardens, and Saughton Park & Gardens, to small quiet hideaways at Dr Neil’s Garden, Dunbar’s Close, and the Archivist’s Garden. Any of these are ideal settings to relax and catch up on some learning. Best of all, they are all free to visit.

9. Fabulous Food

In every corner of the city you will find an array of fabulous food suiting all tastes and budgets. This is Edinburgh have a super guide, so have a look for ideas and locations. Do check in advance with individual eateries to confirm opening hours and make a booking.

If you prefer to cater for yourself, you can pick up fresh and seasonal produce at several markets dotted around the city. Also, these are great venues to try out your improving English skills by chatting with the vendors.

10. Oodles Gratis

There is so much you can do in Edinburgh at no cost including free entry to some world class attractions. See the free attractions and days out in Edinburgh guide developed by Visit Scotland, to help you plan & maximise your budget.