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Living in Edinburgh


Getting Around

At the University of Edinburgh Summer School, you'll be based in the heart of the city and will have the chance to spend time in Scotland's amazing capital city.

Edinburgh is a compact and bustling capital city which has so much to offer. The small size of the city means that you can explore most of it on foot. In 2016, Edinburgh was voted the best place to live in the UK for the second year in a row!

The city boasts the largest collection of historic buildings, museums, art galleries and theatres of any city in Scotland. With its stunning architecture and winding streets, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh both our neo-classical New Town and medieval Old Town have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Festival City

Edinburgh welcomes millions of visitors to its world-famous Edinburgh festivals every year. We’ve listed just some of the amazing festivals and activities that takes place across the city every summer:

June – Edinburgh International Film Festival

July - Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

July/August – Edinburgh Art Festival

August - The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August - Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August - Edinburgh International Festival

August - Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sightseeing and Things To Do

History and Heritage

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and is the best-known and most visited of our historic buildings. But the Castle is just the start of what Edinburgh has to offer. The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland look after heritage properties in the city, all of which are available for you to explore.

Museums and Galleries

Edinburgh is a true cultural hub and you will be able to enjoy a range of different and unique collections at the many museums and galleries across the city. Try the Scottish National Gallery on The Mound for an array of both Scottish and international art.

Theatres, Cinemas and Entertainment

If the museum and gallery scene isn’t for you, then why not consider our exceptional range of live entertainment venues. Edinburgh is home to many theatres, dance, and music venues and events take place all year round. Scotland is famed for its welcoming attitude and love of socialising. In Edinburgh, there are venues of all types and styles to cater to all needs, from student club nights to quiet jazz bars. Many pubs across the city specialise in traditional Scottish music - a must-hear expression of our unique culture. Edinburgh’s food scene is well celebrated. From quaint cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants, the city caters to every palate. You can even try some Scottish specialities, such as haggis or fish and chips. 

​Green Space

Relaxing in expanses of green space may seem unlikely in an urban capital, but in Edinburgh you get the best of both worlds. A huge range of parks are dotted across the city, from the University's neighbouring Meadows to Princes Street Gardens right in the city centre. You could even consider a hike up Arthur’s Seat if you're feeling fit.