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Student Accommodation

  • The university guarantees to make an offer of accommodation, either on- or off-campus, to all students in their first year of study in Edinburgh and Galashiels, on condition that they have a firm unconditional offer and apply for accommodation online by the relevant deadline. This is also applicable for direct entrants into years two and three.
  • Accommodation at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh and Scottish Borders campuses offers both self-catering flats or rooms – predominantly single study bedrooms that are en-suite. There is fast broadband and Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, a communal lounge, and laundry facilities.
  • All accommodation at the Scottish Borders campus and over half of the residential accommodation places on the Edinburgh campus are in new, contemporary student residences.
  • The university Accommodation Office has details on many private sector accommodation providers to support students both in their first and subsequent years.

Accommodation Costs

Self-Catered from £115 to £179 per week

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Edinburgh is a beautiful city, and a real cultural hotspot, making it one of the UK's most popular cities for students. Its compact city centre includes an enviable range of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Students make up a good proportion of the population, and are generally welcomed.
  • In 1995, Edinburgh was accredited as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is packed with fascinating – and sometimes chilling – history. Home to the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city is a focal point for art, culture, comedy and drama.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Edinburgh is a stunning city with picture-perfect locations from Old Town closes to the ancient volcano of Arthur's Seat. Students can explore the hundreds of restaurants, cafés, pubs and clubs – some rooted in history and others chic and contemporary.
  • There's a huge range of attractions, from Edinburgh Castle to Edinburgh Zoo, as well as many museums and galleries. You can also take to the outdoors to climb Arthur's Seat or visit Portobello Beach.
  • The Edinburgh Festivals attract 4.5 million visitors each year. Over 25,000 performers take part in 3,000 events across a variety of festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.


  • Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus is based in Riccarton, 6 miles from the city centre and set in 380 acres of beautiful parkland.
  • Edinburgh has a fantastic bus service with buses frequently departing the campus to the city.
  • Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus has gained the Cycle Friendly Award from Cycling Scotland, in recognition of its commitment to cycling. Edinburgh is well-equipped for cyclists, with a network of on- and off-road cycle routes including one from the city centre to the campus.
  • Two mainline train stations in Edinburgh provide connections across Scotland and to England, with around 50 daily train services to London taking around 4.5 hours.
  • Edinburgh International Airport is only 4 miles from Heriot-Watt's campus, offering flights within the UK and internationally.