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Buddies Newsletter – February 2014

26 Jan
Quizzing fun

Quizzing fun

Hello there, Buddies! First of all, for all you new faces, WELCOME TO EDINBURGH – in my eyes, the best place to study in the whole entire world! My name is Hilary, and I’m the Buddies secretary. I’ll be bringing you all the latest news and events in these monthly newsletters. If you want to share a story or photo of your time here, get in touch with me and we’ll put it on the blog for all to see.

January Events

We kicked the semester off with a rather fabulous pub quiz. Frankenstein’s is a great pub to be in at the best of times, and with the added fun and games of quizzing it was safe to say it was a successful evening! If you missed it, don’t worry. Make sure you’re added into the Facebook group to stay on top of event invitations here.

February Events

We’ve got loads of things planned for this semester, beginning with a walk and a Sunday lunch. Taking place this Sunday, February 1, we’ll go for a walk around Leith and Newhaven before heading to a nearby carvery. We’ll meet at 11am on Sunday in Bristo Square, just outside Teviot, and get the bus to Leith together from there. We’ve put on a sign-up deadline of Thursday so we can let the carvery know how many people to expect – you don’t need to buy a ticket or anything like that, just sign up via the link below and bring yourself, and money for the bus and carvery. For more info, here is the event on Facebook. 

Sign up here to let us know you’re coming!

Our next event after that will be to Sheep Heid on Wednesday 11th February. Meeting at 7pm, we will head to the famous pub in Duddingston for bowling (yes that’s right, bowling in the pub) and to soak up the oldey worldey vibes. Event details can be found here . Don’t forget to sign up on the here if you’re coming – just so we know numbers.

Also, our sister international group, Exchange 360, are planning a trip away for the last weekend of Innovative Learning week in February. It’s to Isle of Skye for only £120, and a great opportunity to meet more peeps and see more of bonnie Scotland!
Tickets are being sold on Saturday, here are the event details.

Future Events

Other dates for your diary are another famous pub quiz in week 6 and an exciting trip to Gorgie City Farm in week 8. Look out for more details and invitations!

If you have any questions, want to write for our newsletter, or are a bit confused, simply email me at:

See you all on Sunday!


Buddies Newsletter – November 2014

7 Dec

Hello Buddies,

November Events

Firstly, as the end of the semester draws near and the library becomes ever more crowded, the Buddies Committee would just like to say a huge thank you for an excellent semester! November was no different; we held a cosy board games night in Teviot underground and a trip to the Christmas Market down in Princes Street Gardens. Although, in true Edinburgh style, it was freezing, the mulled wine was suitably warming!

December Events

Do remember, if you have any interesting stories or beautiful pictures, do send them in to, and we’ll see if we can publish them in the next Buddies newsletter. We will also be holding a Christmassy event before everyone starts heading home, so keep a look out for details on the Facebook group, and get your Christmas jumpers ready! It will also be a great chance to catch up with those of you who are International students only staying for one semester.

January Events

The January Meet & Greet, for new international arrivals, is on Saturday 10th January from 7.30pm. It will be in the debating hall in Teviot, but we’ll also have the Loft bar reserved just for us so that the meeting and greeting can continue for the whole night (yay). Even if you’re not a new arrival, come down and mingle!

See you all soon, and good luck with those pesky exams and essays!

Buddies Newsletter – October 2014

2 Nov

What a month it has been! After a massive welcome into October with the Frankenstein’s pub quiz, the Buddies events team pulled it off again with a trip to Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura. The museum is dedicated to all things visual and photographic, with all kinds of illusions involving lights, dark tunnels, and photo machines. With 6 floors of hands-on activities, it’s a treasure trove. One October Wednesday  afternoon, Buddies stuck their heads into various boxes, got lost in a mirror maze and were almost blown away on the roof. In a place like the Camera Obscura, picture taking is obligatory, and there were tons of excellent photographs on all kinds of social media (#edbuddies).

Buddies battling the wind at Edinburgh's Camera Obscura

Buddies battling the wind at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura

Secondly, welcome to November – and week 8! Time is going so fast. With the announcement of exam dates and the ensuing revision stress, a quick coffee with your Buddies is always a sure-fire way to slow down and enjoy the rest of the semester.

November events are set to include a board games night on 12th November in Teviot – keep a look out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for information closer to the time.

Remember, remember…the 5th of November! If you’re feeling full of fireworks this Wednesday, 5th November is bonfire night, a historical evening dating back to when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up British parliament. Four hundred years on, we still commemorate this day by wrapping up warmly, eating bonfire toffee and letting off fireworks. Exchange 360, an Edinburgh University society for both international students and returners, are planning to climb up Carlton Hill to watch the fireworks. They are meeting just in front of Teviot on Wednesday at 6pm. Sparklers provided before everything kicks off! (For more info see their Facebook page).

Hope you all enjoyed a very Scottish Halloween. See you very soooooon.

Buddies Newsletter

4 Oct

Hi all!

My name is Hilary, and I’m the secretary/treasurer for this years Edinburgh Buddies! This means I will also be bringing all of the news, events and inside goss in these monthly newsletters. Detailing all the fun we’ve been having and what there is to come, we are also asking for contributions from Edinburgh and International Buddies. A different Buddy group will be asked each month for their pictures and posts. So get reading, get snapping  and get scribbling down your experiences so far. ALSO don’t miss out on our excellent Instagram account; follow @edinburghbuddies and hashtag #edbuddies to keep up to date!

September Events

Autumn is THE best time of the year and this September was no exception. It has been a super busy month, beginning with our hugely successful Meet and Greet, where almost 600 Buddies were due into Teviot Dining Room in search of their Buddy groups. And it worked! Complimentary wine in hand, I got to meet so many lovely people from Edinburgh and abroad, and it only added to the excitement buzzing around the Buddies programme for this year. Some Buddy groups even managed to find their way to a ceilidh in McEwan Hall afterwards!

Our next event was the Scavenger Hunt. With eight rhyming clues leading our Buddy groups from Greyfriars Bobby to Edinburgh Dungeons to the castle (or some kind of similar order) and tasks, such as squishing into phone boxes and proposing marriage, on the way, the pictures looked amazing (#edbuddies – you know it!) and the winning team looked very pleased with themselves and their prize!

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Buddies ceilidh-ing away in McEwan Hall

October Events

With the first of a new month came more events! This Wednesday played host to the Buddies pub quiz at Frankenstein, the fabulously themed pub on George IV Bridge. Quiz rounds included topics such as Scottish, Music, General Knowledge and there was even a Buddies round (are there more girls or boys in Buddies?). The winners, pun-tastically named ‘Buddy Brilliant’ received some rather fetching prizes. Later on this month we are planning a Flat Safari – keep your eyes peeled for more details.

Obviously aside from our fantastic events, Buddies are welcomed (positively encouraged!) to meet up, mix with other Buddies groups and explore Edinburgh and further afield together. All details of upcoming Buddies Activity can also be found on our Facebook page: