Coraline is set in a large, old house with a large old overgrown garden, in the UK. The house has been subdivided into flats.
Miss Spink and Miss Forcible live in the flat below Coraline’s, on the ground floor. Miss Spink and Miss Forcible are both old and round and live with a number of Highland terriers with suitably Scottish names. Both old ladies have once been actresses.
In the flat above Coraline’s, in the attic, lives Mr. Bobo who is training a mouse circus.
There is also an empty flat, still for sale, next to Coraline’s flat, on the same floor.
Her neighbours have trouble remembering Coraline’s name and call her Caroline instead.
In the garden is an old tennis court, an old rose garden, a rockery, a fairy ring made of smelly toadstools and a forbidden well.
There is also a haughty black cat.