Facilities at Edinburgh Campus

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Our Student Services are on hand to support your learning through a wide range of provision including accommodation, computing, healthcare, sport, welfare and careers. University support complements the services and facilities offered through the Students' Association. 

 

Library

The on-campus library is open for 85 hours each week, and normally remains open 24/7 during the exam revision period, giving you plenty of time to find and use the books, journals and other material.

With 716 individual and group study places, there is plenty of space for you to study, whether on your own or in groups.

There is wireless access throughout, and networked PCs and printers allow you to access University-licensed software, online databases and journals, as well as other internet resources. There is also a cafe in the library.

Computer facilities

Heriot-Watt’s network of Windows XP powered PCs can be accessed from academic Schools, the library, and some halls of residence. Broadband internet access is also available in other designated areas.

Sport

Whether it’s an occasional visit to the gym or a daily squash game, Heriot-Watt can accommodate and help develop all levels of sporting ambition.

The Centre for Sport and Exercise (CSE) at the Edinburgh Campus is recognised as one of the best university sports centres in the UK. Facilities include sports halls, playing pitches, squash courts, gyms, fitness classes, physiotherapy, podiatry, sports massage, and sports science testing services. As a student, you'll be able to access all these facilities for less than 20p per day! 

Car parking & transport

There is free car parking on the Edinburgh Campus. See the Edinburgh Campus map for car park locations.

The Campus is well-served by frequent local bus services. See the maps and directions page for details of how to get here.

Childcare

There is a independent nursery called Pinocchio’s based at the Edinburgh Campus that students can use. It is fully registered with the Care Commission.

Healthcare

You are encouraged to join and make use of our on-campus Medical Centre and Dental Practice, which provides top quality medical, nursing, dental and ancillary health care, including physiotherapy. Any health worries that you may have will be dealt with confidentially and efficiently.

An accredited counsellor is available throughout the year to help you through any difficult experiences, feelings and behaviour you may have.

Spiritual wellbeing

The on-campus Chaplaincy Centre is not just for people who are religious; it is open to everyone. During term-time you can relax in the lounge, play snooker or even the piano!

Separate prayer rooms are provided for Muslim worship. There is also a Muslim Society, which aims to support to every Muslim student’s spiritual and social welfare and increase an understanding of Islam within the whole community.

Bookshop

The Blackwells bookshop, located in the Hugh Nisbet Building, offers textbooks from programme reading lists and provides a book-ordering service.

Bank

A branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland is based in the Hugh Nisbet Building and offers personal banking services. There are also several ATMs on the campus.

Shop

The student shop sells snacks and stationery, as well as groceries for students living in self-catering accommodation on campus.

Archive & museum

Visit the University Museum and Archive to discover the groundbreaking story of the University's development from 1821 and the intriguing history of our Edinburgh campus from the time of King Robert the Bruce. The Heritage and Information Governance service holds collections and archives of the University's growth and achievements, the history of science, engineering, technology and business, campus history and community life.

Staff have made the archives and collections as accessible as possible and are happy to help you understand how to use them for learning and research.