Life at The Chippendale International School of Furniture

For those interested in a career in furniture making and design, come and visit The Chippendale International School of Furniture and experience life at the School for yourself.

Professional Course

Our Professional Course, which equips students with all the skills and acumen to go on and run their own furniture making and design business, is a nine-month long course running from October to June each year.

We treat our international student community like family and provide a supportive environment and home away from home during their time with us.


The Chippendale International School of Furniture is well-known in the local community and we have excellent relationships with local landlords who offer a range of affordable accommodation.

The school can usually assist students to find one-or two-bedroom properties to rent within a ten mile radius of the school.  Some students like to be on their own and some like to share with each other.  The school liaises with all parties to find a good match and we are usually able to accommodate all our students to everyone’s satisfaction.

The average rent per head is around £500-£600 per month, exclusive of charges for utilities.

For more information about where to stay during the course, please call us on +44 (0)1620 810680 or email us on

The Area

The School is nestled in the heart of the East Lothian countryside and only a few miles from the centre of Scotland’s vibrant capital city, Edinburgh. There is no shortage of things to do after the School day ends or at weekends.

The School sits at the base of the rolling Lammermuir Hills that form a natural border between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. The area is well known for its beaches and hill-walking – and, during half-terms and holidays, there is time to visit the Scottish Highlands to enjoy some of Scotland’s most majestic scenery.

There are over 20 golf courses within 30 minutes of the School and the famous Glenkinchie Distillery is close by for those who want to sample Scotland’s most famous export.

The ancient market town of Haddington offers a wide range of social and sporting facilities, and students have even been known to take lessons in Scotland’s national instrument, the bagpipes.

Why not book in a visit or download a prospectus to find out more.

Get In Touch

If you are looking to embark on a career change or you have an interest in the art of woodworking and furniture design, get in touch and arrange in a visit.