Summer Stays at The University of Edinburgh

Summer Stays at The University of Edinburgh

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Summer Stays at the University of Edinburgh offers a campus lifestyle to school groups seeking facilities to sleep, eat, learn and train. Set on private, landscaped grounds and within easy walking distance to Edinburgh’s key attractions, it’s a perfect location for educational and sports groups for their summer trips.

Summer Stays at the University of Edinburgh offers a campus lifestyle to educational and sports groups seeking facilities to sleep, eat, learn and train. Located at the foot of Arthur’s Seat – the city’s iconic ancient volcano – it is within easy walking distance of the Old Town and the main educational attractions. With ample coach parking and 24-hour security and reception, the university’s Pollock Estate gives school groups an ideal base to explore all that Scotland’s capital has to offer.

From early June to the beginning of September, the student campus transforms itself into the largest hotel in Scotland. With 2,000+ beds available, it can cater for all budgets and accommodation needs. Spread across eight buildings, Summer Stays offers twin and single bedrooms. Over 950 are fitted with ensuites, and the remaining rooms share bathrooms. Accessible buildings and rooms are available, which can be adapted to suit students with disabilities.

The estate offers a variety of meeting spaces, available to be hired for socialising, teaching, physio rooms, or to serve as an office. There is also an onsite shop which offers snacks, sandwiches, and soft drinks.

Breakfast is served in the 650-seater JMCC Restaurant and is included in all stays. Self-service lunch and dinner are available to book, so your group can be accommodated on a DBB or full-board basis. With experience in maintaining athletes’ dietary requirements, the chefs are able to cater for all special requests. On days when you are exploring or have an early morning, all meals can be packed and ready to go.

Pollock Estate is an ideal location for those looking for natural areas to explore, as well as proximity to state-of-the art sport facilities. The estate has its own, brand new ‘Oxygen’ fitness studios with Technogym equipment and is close to The University’s Sports & Exercise complex, with its impressive gyms, pool, squash courts, climbing walls & more. It will only take you 25 minutes to walk to The University’s Peffermill Playing Fields with some of the finest sports pitches in Scotland.

There is plenty of outdoor space at the estate – brilliant for a bit of downtime in the fresh air. Adding to that, Holyrood Park is right on your doorstep: it’s the largest green space in Edinburgh (650 acres!), with an extinct volcano and lochs, as well as medieval ruins and historical attractions dating back to the Bronze Age for your group to explore.

In the city itself, your students can visit the world-famous castle with its collection of museums,   learn about the history of our planet and cosmos at Dynamic Earth, or visit Edinburgh Zoo – home to UK’s only giant pandas. There are plenty of options when you stay with the University of Edinburgh.



Disabled Access Rooms, Free Wi-Fi, Garden/Patio for Guest Use, Linen Provided,


Breakfast, Cater for Special Diets, Cater for Vegetarians, Dinner, Packed Lunch Available,




Accessible by Public Transport, Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, On Site Parking


Conference Facilities, Pre visit Available,





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    Opening Hours

    Early June – Early September. Open daily including weekends and bank holidays.


    We offer group discounts, which are based on the number of people attending. Pricing can vary for each month. Please contact us directly for a quote.


    18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh

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