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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 we have invested £12 million replacing all of our on-campus accommodation with a brand new, state-of-the-art Jean Muir Student Village which opened in September 2012.

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. Take a look at our photo gallery to see what the Jean Muir Student Village looks like.

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

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.

Contemporary Deluxe rooms

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

What's included in an en suite 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.


  • cooker
  • fridge
  • freezer
  • kettle
  • sweeping brush
  • dust pan 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


Other general facilties include:

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

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.  Please see the "What's included" section above for a list of what is provided in the room.

Room types

Female textiles student dresses a mannequin in her student bedroom, Borders Campus
Contemporary Standard Room
Deluxe student bedroom at Borders Campus showing bed, study area and en suite.
Contemporary Deluxe Room
Female students using shared kitchen facilities at Border Campus student accommodation
Shared student kitchen
Accommodation fees
Room type Cost per week Contract length Cost per tenancy
Study bedroom £142.00 40 weeks £5,680.00
Study bedroom £142.00 50 weeks £7,100.00
Deluxe room £156.00 40 weeks £6,240.00
Studio £165.00 40 weeks £6,600.00
Studio £165.00 50 weeks £8250.00

One-semester accommodation

We are offering a number of rooms on campus for single semester accommodation during the academic year 2021/22.  If you are an exchange/ visiting or 3rd year placement student, you can apply for first or second semester only accommodation. 

You need to hold an unconditional offer in order to apply for University accommodation.  If you're ready to accept your offer to study with us at Heriot-Watt University, you can do so by logging into the application portal

How to apply

You can apply online for on-campus accommodation from 12:00 midday (BST) on 6 May 2021.  The closing date for guaranteed accommodation is 12:00 midday (BST) on 24 August 2021.

Find out more about how to apply for on-campus accommodation.

What's included in the rent?

The rent includes:

  • 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.

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
  • you have an unconditional firm offer of a place at the University

Direct entrants to levels 2 or 3 are included in this guarantee.

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.

Students with disabilities or extra support needs

A number of rooms on campus have been purpose built and are fully accessible. Our Student Adviser can give you more information.

If you are an international student, you must contact us in advance so that we can assess whether we are able to meet your support and care needs in the residences.

Family accommodation

Unfortunately, we don't have family accommodation on campus, but the accommodation team will be happy to assist you with enquiries for off-campus accommodation. 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

Gillian McLaughlin

  • Rooms For Rent - Scottish Borders Student Accommodation Guide (6.5MB)