Heriot-Watt University


  • Location: City, Rural

Student life

Edinburgh: An Inspiring City

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring. 

It's one of the world's great cities, cosmopolitan and friendly, at the heart of the country's political scene, with a social and environmental conscience and visually, is simply stunning. 

Climb to the top of one of Edinburgh's hills and savour a view that has enchanted and inspired generations of thinkers, innovators and inventors - for centuries Edinburgh has been at the centre of discovery and learning.

Walk cobbled streets and discover historic corners. Then find yourself in the midst of modern technology and discovery, in a city that embraces fresh thinking and is an incubator for groundbreaking business and ideas.

What's it like to live in Scotland?
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Scotland’s fantastic history includes its universities – with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and St Andrews among the oldest in the UK. These and many more universities in Scotland offer some of the most incredible surroundings to study in.

Glasgow was named the UK’s top cultural and creative city (The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019 report), while millions descend on the Fringe Festival every summer.

Scottish students may not want to stray far from home – the government covers tuition fees for those studying their first undergraduate degree here.

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What's it like to live in Edinburgh?
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Nestled between hills, Edinburgh's skyline and castle are enchanting – wandering its historic and modern quarters never gets old.

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Campus and facilities

Be Future Ready

Living on our beautiful Edinburgh campus is a great way to meet others from all over the world and make lifelong friends. Our student accommodation is conveniently located within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, catering venues and the Student Union.

We have 2,000 residential places available at our Edinburgh campus with a range of room types and prices. Please note all of our accommodation is self-catered and single occupancy.

You will have your own study bedroom, the majority of which have en-suite bathrooms, and access to broadband and laundry facilities. We have a friendly Residences Life team who are there to help you settle in and sort out any problems you might encounter during your time living on campus. There is also 24-hour SafeGuarding on campus to assist with any issues that may arise.

Course locations

Edinburgh Campus

Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Orkney Campus

The Old Academy, Back Road, Stromness, KW16 3AW

Scottish Borders Campus

Netherdale, Galashiels, TD1 3HF

Main Site

Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Scottish Borders

Heriot-Watt University, Nether Road, Netherdale, Galashiels, TD1 3HE


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