Heriot-Watt University is a truly international university with five global campuses, partners in 150 countries and over 30,000 students studying worldwide. Each of Heriot-Watt’s campuses offers a unique learning environment close to the exciting and vibrant cities of Edinburgh, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Heriot-Watt University are specialists in business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences – subjects which make a real impact on the world and society.



Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus sits in 380 acres of beautiful parkland, with easy access to our resources and facilities. With an emphasis on research, development, design, engineering, training and prototyping, their aim is to provide the optimum location to undertake research and development. They have the largest business school in Scotland, Edinburgh Business School, offering online and campus based programmes. 

Heriot-Watt has one of the oldest textile schools in the world; steeped in heritage but future focused with an array of design and creative programmes and located in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders. They are set to open the UK’s first National Robotarium on the Edinburgh campus in 2021 and are proud to be home to the UK’s only International Centre for Brewing & Distilling. While their Civil and Structural Engineering is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. 

Heriot-Watt is also home to Scotland's new £33m national Sports Performance Centre, Oriam. With exceptional sporting facilities and access to a wide range of clubs and societies, you will be sure to find like-minded people to share your hobbies or interests with.



Heriot-Watt are specialists in engineering, business, design and science and leaders in innovative global education for a future world. Their subject areas encompass Science, Engineering, Maths, Computer Science, Design, Business, Languages and Social Sciences.



The student accommodation for Edinburgh is conveniently located on their beautiful, leafy campus which includes world class sports facilities, along with catering venues and the Student Union.

They offer 2000 residential places at their Edinburgh Campus with a range of room types and prices. Please note that all accommodation is self-catered and single occupancy.

The accommodation has its own study bedroom and the majority have en-suite bathrooms, and access to home comforts – broadband and laundry facilities. Each hall has access to a warden who is there to help you settle in and sort out any problems you might encounter. There is also 24 hour Safeguarding on campus to assist with any problems that may arise.

The Jean Muir Student Village in the University’s Scottish Borders Campus is a really friendly, welcoming community and you'll meet others from all over the world that share your interests, discover new activities, and make lifelong friends.

What you’ll really notice throughout the new student village is its first-class building design, the fantastic modern furniture, and the amount of communal space for you to study and socialise in. 

The University guarantees to make an offer for accommodation to all eligible students in their first year.


The City of Edinburgh

Steeped in history, Edinburgh seamlessly blends old and new, providing locals with the perfect destination to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant city.

The stunning capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has it all. From museums and art galleries to world-class restaurants and bars, cafes, comedy and culture. Edinburgh is the home to many festivals and is a truly international and cosmopolitan city. Edinburgh has 112 parks, as well as more trees per head of population than any other city in the UK. Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. It’s compact nature means that it’s easy to get around to experience all it has to offer.


Scottish Borders

Galashiels is one of those places where you really do get the best of both worlds; you’re minutes away from the most stunning Scottish countryside yet the town centre has all the facilities you’ll need. 

Steeped in history, Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott stands proudly in the town. Old Gala House has recently exhibited a Warhol collection with the MacArts Centre hosting plays, music and events from all over the country. The area is a creative hub, mainly due to the historical ties to the textiles industry. There are many festivals and events celebrating the town’s creative scene and rich creative heritage.

The beautiful market towns of Melrose and Kelso are nearby. And if you need a city fix, then you’re a short train ride away from the centre of Edinburgh, direct from Galashiels.



From a pioneering institute born out of the Scottish Enlightenment, to a future focused, global university. Heriot-Watt are proud that since their foundation in 1821, they have been outward looking pioneers of education, in pursuit of knowledge to the benefit of society and the world. 

Back in 1821, one of Scotland’s finest clock makers thought his apprentices needed a mathematical education but the only classes available were too expensive and held while they were at work. He met with his friend who was a prominent linen merchant and social reformer to come up with a plan to provide evening classes that working men could afford. With financial backing from influential Edinburgh citizens; author, Sir Walter Scott, judge and conservationist Lord Cockburn, and the Craig family of Riccarton, Edinburgh School of Arts, the world’s first Mechanics Institute, was born.

200 years later and Heriot-Watt University is a truly international university with five global campuses, partners in 150 countries and over 30,000 students studying worldwide.

Get in touch with one of our Across the Pond Advisors today to find out more about studying at Heriot-Watt University.

Student population: about 30,000 students worldwide

Number of international students: around 10,000

Location: The main campus is in Edinburgh, in a beautiful setting of 380 acres of stunning parkland

City population: Around 500,000 inhabitants living in Edinburgh 

Closest Airport: Edinburgh

Date of establishment: 1821

Areas of expertise: Science, Engineering, Math, Computer Science, Design, Business, Languages and Social Sciences.

Fun Facts:

  • Heriot-Watt has the largest business school in Scotland
  • Founded in 1854, The Watt Club is the UK's oldest graduate club in the UK
  • 5 campuses situated around the world, including Dubai and Malaysia


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