Okay, maybe you won’t do exactly all of that, but trust us-
this will be one of the greatest, most formative and fun experiences that you’ll have.
You’ll figure things out as you go along, but this guide – a compilation of things we learned on the 2012 and 2014 FSPs – will hopefully get you started thinking about the great summer ahead!
You might have a different daily schedule, and you might be living in a different flat, but we’ve included a few tips and tricks on how to be safe, learn a lot, and have so much fun you’ll never want to leave.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival
As part of your Media Festivals course, you will be attending the EIFF 2018. The festival in 2014 was said by critics to place EIFF back on top as a “festival of discovery”. At the EIFF, you will navigate your way through guidebooks, attend galas and mixers, meet famous people and walk down the red carpet, wake up early to catch industry screenings, stay up late for midnight movies, and walk into some films that you know absolutely nothing about. Get ready for the biggest immersion in movies you’ve ever had in your life! (P.S. The festival is also a great way to get to know your way around Edinburgh!)
Living in Edinburgh
In 2014, students had the chance to explore two neighborhoods in the city. For the first half of the program we stayed at Hermits Croft (near the University of Edinburgh and King Arthur’s Seat), and for the second half, we lived at Warrender Park Road (near the Meadows and closer to the Screen Academy). Both are flats, or apartment-style houses, with four to five people per flat, one person per bedroom, and one kitchen and bathroom per flat. Both accommodations have free WiFi, laundry rooms, and weekly maintenance.
You can find groceries all around town. There is a Sainsbury’s Local a block down the road from Hermit’s Croft, a Margiotta’s corner store almost directly across from your Warrender Park flat, and a Tesco groceries pretty much right next to the Screen Academy.
Another great part of being on an FSP is that you get to travel! Take a day trip to Glasgow, go on a tour of the Highlands, see a concert at St. Andrews, or spend a weekend in London, the English countryside, or Europe. But don’t forget the amazing city you will be living in: Edinburgh has enough sites to keep you busy.
Use your weekends to see the Edinburgh Castle, shop on Prince’s Street, take a walk along the Water of Leith, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, hike up King Arthur’s Seat, explore old mysteries at Rosslyn Chapel, listen to music at the Jazz Bar, or see a movie at the Cameo or Filmhouse. One of the greatest parts of being in Edinburgh in the summer is the endless cycle of festivals.
In July, the city hosts a popular jazz festival, and in August, the city turns into a giant party for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The population of the city doubles, streets turn into theater stages, parks turn into bars, and an already lively city becomes a huge celebration of culture and the arts. Catch one of the 2000 plays, see a comedy show, go to the Book Festival, or see a concert. Scotland, Great Britain, and Europe are sure to provide you with many adventures.