Clubs and activities


Heriot-Watt University's Sports Union is a student-led organisation that offers our students the perfect opportunity to join a club, receive coaching and compete in your chosen sport at higher education level.

Sports clubs are run by students, for students and are an excellent way to get involved in something active at university. The Union regularly competes at national and international levels in a range of sports, including archery, fencing, mountaineering, squash and volleyball.

Student societies

University is the time to find a hobby: with flexible working hours, some say you won't find another chance like it. Societies are a great way to meet new people and make friends with other students from around the world.

The Heriot-Watt University Student Union is very active and plays a key role in bringing students together through a wide range of student-run clubs and societies. From the Computer Games Society to the Dance Club, we're sure you'll find something that interests you!

International students

With about one third of our students from countries outside the UK, we have a real international flavour to our community. There are several groups offering support and organising social and cultural events for international students.

African, Caribbean, Chinese, Indian,  Malaysian, Pakistani and Spanish groups help support students from those countries, while the Muslim students' group offers support to all Muslim students in the University community.



Heriot-Watt Pipe Band

An enjoyment of music, from both the performers and audience perspective, contributes to the very special atmosphere at Heriot-Watt.

We have varied programme of music events, including a free lunchtime concert series at the Student Union, which gives you an opportunity to relax and listen to some of the finest professional musicians around.

We have a number of music groups – from classical music ensembles and a traditional Scottish pipe band to jazz and junk music bands – that are open to music scholars as well as other students and staff.