Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Established 1966 Campus Location Scottish Borders, Orkney,...
Students 21,000 Affiliations CESAER
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Heriot-Watt University is a unique Scottish university with a history dating back to 1821 known to be the Edinburg School of Arts, became the Watt Institute and the Edinburgh School of Arts in 1852, later in 1966 it was given a Royal Charter when the university moved to Riccarton in the West of Edinburgh with its present name.
Uniquely among Scottish universities, Heriot-Watt can boast near-constant sunshine, a glamorous beachside position and sky-scrapers as far as the eye can see. Admittedly, this is only if you are studying at the Dubai campus, but other studentsdon't do too badly, nonetheless.
The Edinburgh campus occupies 380 acres of meadow and woodland, and the Scottish borders campus in Galashiels, south of Edinburgh, is right in the very heart of the borders.
Heriot-Watt emphasises career progression and flexible learning. Strengths include subjects related to the petroleum industry, brewing and distilling. Well, it is Scottish, even if it does have a Dubai campus.

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Location and Campus

The Universities main campus is on the outskirts of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. Other, smaller, campuses are in the Scottish Borders town of Galashiels, Stromness in Orkney and Dubai, where it was the first overseas university to open a campus in Dubai International Academic City.

University offers its students world-class education and a wonderful learning environment with its new and stimulating, interesting and new opportunities across all the campuses.
All the campuses offers great student experience. Students will meet others who share your interests and people from all over the world, discover new sports and activities, and make lifelong friends.
University supports you in all the way, through a range of services and facilities that will help you make the best of your time as a student.

Edinburgh Campus

Edinburgh campus is the Universities main campus which occupies 380 acres of meadow and woodland, approximately 9000 staff and students are based on this campus, which is warm and friendly.

The campus has around 1,600 residential self-catering accommodation places available in 12 halls of residence, 300 of which are in our brand new student residences development, so you can fully enjoy your student life on campus.
The campus boasts several several facilities, including student residences, a purpose-built postgraduate centre, shops, several library collections, childcare, healthcare, a chaplaincy, a variety of recreational and sports facilities, and a museum.

  • Clubs & societies
  • Urban campus
  • Lush green Campus
  • Excellent campus facilities
  • On-campus library
  • Centre for Sport and Exercise
  • On-campus Medical Centre
Scottish Borders Campus

Scottish Border campus is all new refurbished campus and the campus boasts well established integrated learning facilities, computer suites, spacious studios, specialized workshops, a library and a gallery, the Scottish Border campus is located in the town of Galashiels, the Scottish Borders Campus provides courses from our School of Textiles and Design and the School of Management and Languages.

“The vision for the Scottish Borders Campus is to inspire, encourage and nurture the talents of our students. By providing the best possible learning and teaching environment and facilities to attain new levels of educational excellence.”

  • Refurbished Campus
  • Campus accommodation
  • Specialised workshops
  • World-class facilities
  • Green Campus
  • State-of-the-art student village
Orkney Campus

Heriot-Watt's campus in Stromness, Orkney is home to the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) established in 1989, part of the University's Institute of Petroleum Engineering. ICIT, based in Stromness, Orkney is part of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. It provides advanced research, MSc and PhD training in renewable energy and marine energy systems.
The Campus provides education to a small number of postgraduate students and is host to eight members of research staff, campus has no halls of residence or University leased flats, but Orkney Student Support Adviser is happy to help you find private accommodation locally.

Dubai Campus

Heriot-Watt University was the first overseas university to set up in Dubai International Academic city, offering top quality British education to students and executives from around the Gulf and further afield.
The eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK, Heriot-Watt was invited to Dubai in recognition of our global reputation and international reach in the fields of engineering and management.
Numerous facilities exist on campus, including computer labs, a library, shops, and technical equipment for students in some engineering disciplines. University accommodation is provided in Mirdiff, around 15 minutes away from the site.

  • Overseas Campus
  • Cosmopolitan atmosphere
  • Student Services Office
  • Campus bus service
  • Campus Library
  • IT Helpdesk
  • In-house laboratory
Malaysia Campus
Heriot-Watt University is a temporary campus in Putrajaya which will soon be purpose-built on a lakeside location, will be a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment. The university will offer its students with an exceptional range of facilities for study and student life.
When the campus is fully developed the University aims to support up to 4,000 students on the campus with world-class facilities and learning environment on the site.

  • Wi-Fi throughout the campus
  • Eco-friendly campus
  • On campus Accommodation
  • Lakeside campus
  • Centre of Putrjaya
  • Well equipped IT facilities
Student Life
Sports Activities

The university offers excellent sports facilities and sports equipment at all its campuses the Centre for Sport and Exercise (CSE) at the Edinburgh campus is recognized as one of the best university sports centres in the UK, catering for all standards up to international athletes. 
Heriot-Watt has 32 clubs that compete in the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) leagues and in many Scottish National leagues. The Scottish Borders Campus facilitates a Tri-Fitness club that offers a range of gym and cardio equipment, as well as fitness and dance classes, and is run by the Borders Sport & Leisure Trust in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and Borders College.
Orkney campus also offers almost unparalleled range of sports and leisure activities, generally at a modest fee.
The Dubai and Malaysia campus offers other several  Wide range of sports on offer, such as cricket, basketball, football, volleyball, table tennis and boating.


Heriot-Watt University offers well managed safe and secure accommodation facilities to all its students across all its campuses, the university guarantees accommodation to all international students coming to the university from 150 countries.
Edinburgh campus the main university site offers 1,600 catered and self catered residential places available in 12 halls on the campus, the Scottish Border campus boasts a all newly refurbished on-campus student village, there are no halls of residence at the Orkeny Campus Yet but the Universities help services are there to help the students find a suitable roof .
The Dubai campus is the first in-itself overseas university site and offers the students with excellent world class on-campus accommodation, along with safety and security on beautiful lush-green campus. 

NOTE: Accommodation is limited, subject to availability at universities discreation, accommodation is provided on a first-come first-served basis and the accommodation fee is non-refundable.

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About the City

  • Capital of Scotland
  • Cosmopolitan City
  • Dynamic atmosphere
  • Surrounded by hills
  • Centre of arts

A city with the elegance of the ages, Edinburgh is a great place for visitors to enjoy the magnificent and pulsating atmosphere. With a population of 450,000 individuals and 37,000 students, this place offers an attractive life and atmosphere to students and tourists flying in from various international destinations. The city is equipped with natural places to visit along with places of historical evidence, music, drama, entertainment and sizzling nightlife. There is a lot to watch and enjoy in this city.
The four famous Universities- Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh attract great student strength contributing to one-fifth of the total population in city.