Accommodation at the University of Edinburgh: Pollock Halls

  I have officially been in Edinburgh for a month now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Lee House at Pollock Halls. Before coming to Edinburgh, I was worried that having the accommodation not on campus like it was at the University of Toronto – Mississauga that I would find it difficult to…

New in Town

Hi everybody! I’m Laura, an exchange student from Germany, and I will be writing about my experiences on this blog in the following months! I’ve actually never been to Scotland before, which makes it even more exciting. So, here’s my first post, in which I’m going to talk about the first few weeks in Edinburgh:…

Life in university accommodation

Before coming to Edinburgh I gave a lot of thought to certain things: the Scottish accent, my course choices, places I wanted to visit. Accomodation? Not so much. As a full-year visiting student I was guaranteed a room in university accomodation and I took full advantage of that. A quick application was filled out and…

Meeting the world

Internationality and the University of Edinburgh – these two go hand in hand. An idea that caught me right when I typed Edinburgh University into my web search for the first time that has now turned into reality. Life and uni in Edinburgh truly are multicultural. And that’s a big part of the fun! There…

#2: gettin my keys, bein a masterchef

After getting out of customs I hailed a taxi and we were headed into Edinburgh proper. I told the driver I was a returning student so he only overcharged me a little bit. At my uni accommodation I ducked into the office to grab my keys from my RA. “You’ll love Edinburgh!” She said. “It’s…

Shocking my Culture… One day at a time

The featured image is the last picture I took of New York City before embarking on my study abroad experience. Seeing as this is my first post, I want to take a minute to share a small story of how I got to this moment right now.  A few days ago, my flat held a small party…

I’m On Exchange in Scotland: Part I

“Patience, Highlander. You have done well. But it will take time. There are generations being born and dying. You’re at one with all living things. Each man’s thoughts and dreams are yours to know. You have power beyond imagination. Use it well my friend. Don’t lose your head.” (Highlander, 1986) I knew nothing about Scotland,…

1 Month in Edinburgh… I’ve settled in!

“We have nice flying weather today but there will be some showers in Edinburgh.” Over one month ago I was sitting on an aeroplane heading for Scotland. I was excited but worried at the same time because I could only guess what would be expecting me. It turned out that there was no need to worry – I fell…

How to feel at home away from home?

Hello dear people of the internet and welcome to Edinburgh, the city in the centre of which there is a volcano. Edinburgh is the perfect size, not too small, not too big. You can do everything by foot but there will always be somewhere you have not been yet. I instantly felt like home in…

Welcome Week and “Being Brave”

So, it’s my second week as an international student in Edinburgh and I’m only getting around to writing my first blog now. I know, I’m a cruel, neglectful blog-parent. I just hope that you can forgive this terrible oversight on my part and that we can start again on the right foot. Hello, my name…

A wee bit of Scottishness or the discovery of a culture.

Hi there, and welcome back! Only two weeks have passed since my last article but I feel like Alice falling down the rabbit’s hole into a completely new and magical world. Upon my arrival, I’ve been thrown in the middle of the hustle of life in the city. After staring in amazement through the window…