Boarding at ESMS

Dean Park House for boys and girls offers boarding places for children aged 10-18 years in Edinburgh, Scotland

Our family-centred boarding experience provides first class facilities coupled with excellent pastoral and academic support. Our boarding house, Dean Park House, is located on our Queensferry Road site in the grounds of Stewart’s Melville College. This means that boys who board with us have a few minutes’ walk to class each morning, and girls from S1-S6 are taken to and from The Mary Erskine School site at Ravelston by coach each day in a short journey time of around 5 minutes.

Boarding is a unique experience that I would highly recommend. You feel like you are part of a family and you get to make loads of new friends from different year groups so you always have someone to talk to.

Abbie Carr, Boarding House Captain  2019-20

ESMS boarders enjoy secure, segregated study bedrooms with separate floors for boys and girls which include their own toilet and washing facilities.  Our co-educational boarding arrangements create better opportunities for social interaction, strong academic support and a consistent and supportive ethos for all our boarders. 

Affordable Boarding

Full boarding is available from £24,930 per year. Termly, weekly and occasional boarding options are also available.

Opportunities Abound

More than 1200 boys and girls are involved in over 40 choirs, orchestras, ensembles and bands. Both SMC and MES have over 60 school sport teams respectively, which cover up to 20 different sports.

Outdoor Adventures

Life for our boarders is full of adventure, with activity weekends planned throughout the term with input from boarders. When they're not doing extreme sports? They'll be watching a good film!

The Perfect Location

Dean Park House is within easy walking distance of Edinburgh city centre and local amenities.

Personal Space

Our study bedrooms have space for each boarder to personalise their own area. Boys and girls are based on separate, secure floors with their own toilet and washing facilities.


Being able to interact with people of different ages and cultures and getting to live so close to the beautiful Edinburgh city centre as well as living on the school grounds are some of the many perks of being an ESMS boarder. 

 Mustaphis S6 from Nigeria

After school most of the boys and girls take part in a number of the vast array of sporting and artistic opportunities available to them at school. All boarders automatically have membership to our Sports Centres, which include AstroTurf pitches, a 25m swimming pool and tennis, badminton and basketball courts. Boarders aged 16 and over can also use our state-of-the-art fitness suite.  

In their leisure time, the children can relax in purpose built break-out areas and relaxation spaces equipped with the entertainment technology children and teenagers appreciate, and enjoy planned trips and activities with fellow boarders.

Please note that our Boarding House will be closing in July 2025, however we are still accepting new boarders for 2023/24 and 2024/25.