Edinburgh (pronounced ED-in-bra) is an enchanting city with a rich past and vibrant present. For centuries and centuries, writers, artists, philosophers, and politicians have called these ways home. The streets downtown, lined with shops and pubs, wind their way toward the centerpiece of the city, a medieval castle perched high on a cliff of ancient volcanic rock. The Royal Mile connects the castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and features many interesting stops such as St. Giles High Kirk, the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre, the Witchery, the Writers Musem, and the new Scottish Parliament Building. Overlooking the city is a spectacular crag known as Arthur’s Seat—a great place for a day hike.
Summers in Scotland are similar to New England in early fall, with temperatures in the 60s to low-70s during the day, and cooler at night. Prepare for some rain most days, mixed in with spectacular sunny days. Heat waves are rare.
Edinburgh also hosts other festivals during August, including the International Festival, the Book Festival, the Blues and Jazz Festival, a Children’s Festival, and an Art Festival, among others.
Students share living quarters in a comfortable, historic apartment located in central Edinburgh–all within walking distance of the festival venues. The apartment is well-furnished, with 2-4 beds per room, a living room with TV, full kitchen with dishwasher, and a washing machine. Internet connectivity will be provided. Sheets and towels are provided. You will be living with approximately 8 other people, including a graduate teaching assistant. A supermarket is around the corner. The neighborhood has numerous restaurants and pubs.
Views of our apartments on Torphichen Street–five minutes walk from many of the main theatres: