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Useful Information for Students

Ensuring you get the most out of your stay


Your stay at Basil Paterson is about more than an English course. In this section you will find lots of useful information about accommodation options, social activities, tourism, and what former students have to say about their experiences of Edinburgh.


  To find out more about our range of accommodation options... click Accommodation
   For arrival information and transport details... click Student Information

   To find out what other students thought of Basil Paterson... click Testimonials
  For all the latest school news and information... click School News

Fast facts about Edinburgh


  • 499.232 inhabitants in Edinburgh
  • 43% of residents have a degree or professional qualification
  • More FTSE 100 companies than any other city outside of London
  • Edinburgh dates back 3000 years
  • Like Rome, city is built on 7 hills
  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Edinburgh airport just 25 mins from centre. Fly from over 100 airports
  • 1 hr flight from London, with over 20 flights every day. 4 hrs by train
  • 13 million people visit every year


Fast facts about Basil Paterson


  • 84 years old this year
  • An average of 50 + different nationalities per year
  • Native English speakers study in same building as overseas students
  • Over 3000 IELTS candidates per year
  • Host all ages - students have been aged 17 - 79 in the past
  • All language levels catered for
  • 15 mins from train/bus stations


Still not sure?


If you are still not sure if Basil Paterson is the best option for you, why not contact us?


Basil Paterson College

66 Queen Street

Edinburgh   EH2 4NA


T. +44 (0) 131 225 3802

F. +44 (0) 131 226 6701