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The Jean Muir Student Village

Jean Muir Student Village

You’ll find a really friendly, welcoming community at the Scottish Borders Campus. You'll meet others from all over the world that share your interests, discover new activities, and make lifelong friends.

We know how important good quality accommodation is to the student experience. That’s why, in 2012, we invested £12 million replacing all of our on-campus accommodation with a state-of-the-art Jean Muir Student Village.

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.

All new entrants are guaranteed a place in University managed accommodation. Please see our Accommodation guarantee for full details.

*Images are used to demonstrate a typical student room in each accommodation type. However, the layout and contents may differ depending on the hall and room allocated.  

What's included in my room?
  • 3/4 double bed
  • mattress protector
  • desk
  • desk chair
  • wardrobe
  • bookshelf
  • pin board
  • en suite (wash hand basin, shower and toilet, small bin and shower curtain)

Bed linen, duvet and pillows are not provided, but you can order a bedding pack online for £30 when making your application.  This will be placed in your room for your arrival.

For safety reasons, cooking/heating appliances and additional furniture are not permitted in bedrooms.

What's included in my kitchen and lounge?


  • cooker
  • fridge
  • freezer
  • kettle
  • sweeping brush
  • dustpan and brush
  • bucket and mop
  • swing top bin
  • lockable cupboard
  • table
  • chairs

Crockery, cutlery, pot, pans and kitchen utensils are not provided.

Refuse sacks are issued weekly so that you can safely dispose waste in the appropriate bins.


  • sofas
  • coffee tables
  • TV
Other general facilities and inclusions


  • Laundry facilities (washing machines and dryers)
  • Student Wellbeing Hub located on the ground floor Pavilion Building 2
  • Pool table


  • Internet connection (100MB as standard)
  • Heating
  • Power
  • Personal effects insurance with a maximum total claim of £3,000 per year (you may need to take out extra insurance to cover an expensive item or to cover your laptop on other parts of the campus)
  • Assisted clean of public areas (kitchens, corridors and lounges)

If you plan on using a laptop for internet provider television (IPTV), you will need to buy a TV licence.

Contemporary Deluxe rooms

Deluxe rooms are larger than the standard bedrooms. In addition to the private bathroom, deluxe rooms also have a double bed, a larger study area, more storage and two armchairs

Contemporary Standard rooms

Each contemporary standard bedroom is 15 square metres – a lot larger than others you may have seen in other halls – with a private bathroom, a ¾ size bed and comfy chair in each room.

All rooms are finished to a high standard, and are fully fitted with fantastic storage and a large, well-designed study area.

Accommodation fees
Room type Cost per week Contract length Cost per tenancy
Standard bedroom £147.00 40 weeks £5,880.00
Standard bedroom £147.00 50 weeks £7,350.00
Deluxe room £161.00 40 weeks £6,440.00
Studio £180.00 40 weeks £7,200.00
Studio £180.00 50 weeks £9,000.00
Standard bedroom £147.00 

15 weeks (semester 1)

22 weeks (semester 2)



Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for accommodation?

You can apply online via our Accommodation Portal for on-campus accommodation from 12:00 midday (BST) on Monday 27 February 2023.  The closing date for guaranteed accommodation is 12:00 midday (BST) on on 26 June 2023. 

Still struggling? Please read our step-by-step accommodation application guide.

Can I get accommodation for one semester?

We have a limited number of standard and deluxe contemporary rooms available for students staying with us for one semester.  For September semester, applications for will open at 12:00 noon on 1 March 2024.  September semester contracts run from 31 August 2024 to 14 December 2024.  Please note we are unable to facilitate early arrivals, prior to 31 August.  

If you're ready to accept your offer to study with us at Heriot-Watt University, you can do so by logging into the accommodation application portal.

Are there rooms suitable for students with additional needs?

A number of rooms on campus have been purpose built and are fully accessible. Contact our Student Wellbeing Adviser for more information on the support available to our residents.

What is the accommodation guarantee?

We guarantee a place in the Jean Muir Student Village for all new full-time students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in their first year. You are covered by the guarantee if:

  • you are a new full-time student arriving in September
  • you have an unconditional firm offer of a place at the University
  • Direct entrants to levels 2 or 3 are included in this guarantee. Please note, the guarantee does not apply to students arriving in January. 

If you are an exchange student (for example, Socrates or Erasmus exchanges), you are not covered by the guarantee, but you should still email at the accommodation office who will help you find accommodation on campus, if it is available, or elsewhere in Galashiels.

Can I get family accommodation?

Unfortunately, we don't have family accommodation on or off campus, all our rooms are single occupancy only.  We recommend that you travel to Galashiels on your own first before making arrangements for your family to join you. 

Key information

Accommodation Office (Scottish Borders Campus)

+44 (0)1896 892273 / 01896 892270