Our summer school is based at Edinburgh University’s Pollock Halls, a city campus located next to Holyrood Park and within walking distance of many of  Edinburgh’s main attractions. This compact campus has modern ensuite halls of residence, classrooms, comfortable social spaces and a self-service restaurant at the John McIntyre Conference Centre. A superb 50m swimming pool built for the Commonwealth Games is located right next door to the campus. The university’s indoor sports facilities are 20 minutes walk away.

Centre capacity: approximately 200 students
Edinburgh Pollock Halls - Campus


  • Twin ensuite bedrooms
  • Shared kitchen/common rooms in residence (1 per 15-20 bedrooms)
  • Hotel style over 4 floors with all bedrooms off a central corridor
  • Rooms cleaned and bed linen & towel changed once per week. Bedroom key, bed linen and one towel provided
  • Damage deposit of £40 taken on check-in and refunded on departure
Edinburgh Pollock Halls - Accommodation

Sports Facilities

  • Edinburgh University Centre for Sports & Exercise is  20 minutes walk from campus
  • Sports hall for badminton, volleyball, basketball and 5-a-side football
  • Superb 50m Commonwealth Swimming Pool next to campus (1 swim session per 2 weeks included)
  • Grass playing fields in nearby Holyrood Park & The Meadows
Edinburgh Pollock Halls - Sports

Other Facilities

  • Common rooms on campus: Large common room in the student residence and 2 smaller common rooms in Fraser Court
  • Large hall for evening activities 5 nights per week (ceilidh, karaoke, discos etc) 15 mins walk from campus
  • Self-service laundry facilities (approximately £8 for a wash & dry)
  • Free wi-fi internet access throughout the campus
Edinburgh Pollock Halls – Facilities

Activity Programme

2 week activity programme includes:

  • 3 full day excursions to Stirling with Loch Lomond Cruise, St Andrews and Glasgow
  • 8 half day visits to Edinburgh city centre
  • 2 half day sports & activities (including one swim session)
  • Entrance into Edinburgh Castle
  • Scottish Ceilidh
  • 1 themed evening walking tour per week with professional tour guide (Ghost Tour, History Tour, Harry Potter Tour)

Download our sample activity programme

Walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town

Location & local travel

Local Travel

  • Located in central Edinburgh approximately 25 mins walk to the Royal Mile
  • Pre-paid bus tickets included in package price. (10 single tickets per week)
  • Bus stop next to campus


  • Edinburgh: 35 minutes
  • Glasgow: 80 minutes
  • Prestwick: 100 minutes

Campus address: Edinburgh University Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY

Optional Activities


Drama & Yoga Workshops

Included in package price

  • Students can choose to do 1 drama workshop and 1 yoga workshop per week
  • Yoga is 60 minutes and Drama is 90 minutes
  • Workshops usually take place during sports sessions
  • Open to all students at no additional cost
Enterprise English Workshops

Enterprise English Workshops

Included in package price

  • Optional 3 hours of Enterprise English per week (in addition to 15 hrs General English)
  • Focusing on the world of work and including interview skills, CV & cover letter writing & work based role plays
  • Available in all centres at no additional cost
  • Ages 16 – 17
  • Levels B1 – C2
  • Must be booked in writing by 30 May 2023

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