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 outdoor sports facilities are a 20 minute walk or short bus ride away.

Centre capacity: approximately 250 students
Edinburgh Pollock Halls - Campus


  • Twin ensuite bedrooms
  • Shared kitchen/common rooms in residence (1 per 15-20 bedrooms)
  • Hotel style over 3 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

  • Outdoor sports once per week on AstroTurf pitches
  • Edinburgh University pitches are a 20 minute walk or short bus ride from campus
  • Superb 50m Commonwealth Swimming Pool next to campus (1 swim session per 2 weeks included)
  • Grass playing fields in nearby 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, Glasgow and Alnwick Castle (aka Hogwarts School of Wizardry & Witchcraft!)
  • 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 and History 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

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