…by Niels / from Ecuador / studies International Relations / 2nd Year
Picking the ‘right’ university is a challenging process. Is the university located in a large city? Is it a social campus, a commuter campus or a quiet campus? What’s the weather like there? All of these questions come to mind as you are researching for universities to apply to.
Yet, you cannot fully answer most of these questions unless you have visited each university. This is certainly true for Edinburgh, as the city is filled with hidden gems that never fail to surprise. Since every city always has fascinating facts and secrets you may not be aware of, here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Edinburgh:
- The birthplace of Harry Potter – JK Rowling’s Wizarding World was first written at the Elephant House, a relaxed reader/writer friendly café in the Old Town.
- Edinburgh Castle was once home to an elephant – In 1838, the 78th Highland Regiment brought an elephant on return from an expedition to Sri Lanka. The elephant’s toenails are now displayed in the Scottish National War Museum.
- Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Edinburgh and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
- The weather myth – Yes, weather here is definitively not tropical but you would be surprised to hear that the fact that we’re close to the Atlantic and the Arctic, which gives us warm air from the Gulf Stream.
- At the top of the rankings:
- 4th most beautiful city in the world according to the Rough Guide.
- Ranked amongst the top 50 world’s most liveable cities by The Telegraph.
- 7th greenest city in the UK by Green Cities Index.
- 2nd best student city in the UK by QS Rankings.
Clearly, the Scottish capital is filled with magical surprises. That is why Edinburgh and I get along utterly well. We both live each day expecting the unexpected.