We teach in, at, and on to beginners. Of course, the study of prepositions of place doesn’t end there. Students move on to words like near and next to. This is when confusion can grow. What’s the difference between near and nearby? What about beside and besides? Is it correct to say near to?
If you’d like to review and practice prepositions of place with intermediate students, please take a look at my Near and Far_handout. I hope it increases their confidence when expressing location. The topic is one most people enjoy discussing: best places to live.