Edinburgh, Scotland City Information

Semester in Edinburgh City

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Edinburgh has been the capital city of Scotland since at least the 15th century and is home to almost 500,000 people. Because of this, the city boasts many national institutions, including the National Museums of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, and the Scottish National Galleries.

Edinburgh is divided into Old Town and New Town and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of historical sites to check out, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and many churches.

Semester in Edinburgh - Castle

Public transportation in the city is excellent. Buses go all over, even late at night, and Edinburgh is a great base to explore the rest of Europe on a budget. Low cost airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair fly out of the Edinburgh airport and offer incredibly cheap fares to destinations all over the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe.

Trains, Plains, and Automobiles:


Bus (This is a great tool, you can enter your locations and plan your journey online!)

Trams (Another site where you can route your trip online.)


Remember, Edinburgh has a pretty cool climate. You can expect highs of about 66 degrees F in the summer and about 34 degrees F in the winter.

Semester in Edinburgh - Climate

There are plenty of places around the city for students to eat on a budget, including both restaurants and food markets. Most students cook meals together in their shared kitchens, but there are also cafes located around campus and in residence halls.

Looking for things to do? Check out these sites:

Time Out

Guide to Edinburgh

20 Great Things to Do in Edinburgh

Free Things to Do

Top 10 – The Guardian

Top 10 – Lonely Planet

Visit Scotland

Semester in Edinburgh - Cliff


No matter what your interest, you’ll never run out of things to do in Edinburgh, and if you’ve got the itch to travel, Europe is at your doorstep!