Heriot-Watt University

United Kingdom

About the University

Heriot-Watt University is a leading Scottish research institution located in Edinburgh.

Founded in 1821 as the world's first mechanics institute, it maintains an excellent international reputation in engineering and the sciences.

It forms part of the 39 oldest universities in the UK which were established in a second wave after the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The university was named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2018.



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Campus Life

Accommodation at Heriot-Watt is situated on the university's beautiful Edinburgh campus, within easy reach of teaching facilities. It includes self-catered and en-suite rooms within its offering, and all rooms are single occupancy.

The university offers an impressive range of laboratories, workshops and specialist equipment. The Research Park enables companies and organisations to be based on the Edinburgh Campus, in 380 acres of beautiful parkland. This encourages industry relationships with students and staff. 

There are also libraries, computer facilities, sports facilities and helpful amenities on campus.

Student life

The Students' Union has represented student both locally and nationally since its foundation in 1966. Today, it runs over 50 societies as well as a large range of sports clubs. 

Edinburgh is a vibrant capital city, full of stunning Georgian architecture and home to the world-famous Edinburgh Castle. Here, students can explore independent shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as museums and art galleries.


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10935 Students
10935 Students

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