During an Applicant Visit Day event you'll have the opportunity to meet some of our staff and current students who will share how exciting and rewarding the student experience is at Heriot-Watt University.

We have provided some FAQs and tips to help you make the most of your visit.

Plan your journey

Travelling by car?

Please note, parking is free but limited at our Edinburgh Campus, especially during the Friday Open Day so we recommend that you arrive by public transport.

The satellite navigation postcode for the Main Entrance is EH14 4AR.

Visitors should follow the directions on arrival to designated parking.

Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gait 10 next to Oriam. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the campus; you can contact us to reserve one.

Travelling by bus?

Lothian Buses offers local bus services 25, X25, 34, 45, 63 and N25/N34 (night bus) to the Edinburgh Campus. Service 25 is the most frequent, leaving the city centre every 10 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes after 8.00pm. The journey takes about 30–40 minutes from the city centre, depending on what time of day you’re travelling. Fares from the city cost £1.60 single/£4.00 day ticket. Fares from the city cost £1.60 single/£4.00 day ticket. Note that exact money is required for Lothian Buses (with the exception of Airlink) but you can pay for tickets using your mobile phone, if preferred.

Remember to stay on the bus until it reaches the terminal at the Main Entrance of Heriot-Watt University.

All national coach services to Edinburgh arrive at St Andrew Square bus station, at the east end of Princes Street. Timetables can be found on the Citylink and National Express websites.

Travelling by rail?

The mainline rail network serves the centre of Edinburgh well. Edinburgh Waverley is at the east end of Princes Street and Haymarket Station is at the west end. 

Curriehill Station, one mile from the University, offers a frequent service to Edinburgh Waverley and a service to Glasgow Central Station. However, we do not recommend alighting at either Edinburgh Park or Curriehill as there is no direct transport link to the campus from these stations.

Proceed to Haymarket Station and catch a number 25 bus from Dalry Road which will terminate at the Main Entrance of the University.

Rail timetables can be found on the National Rail website.

Travelling by taxi?

A number of taxi services, such as Central Taxis, are available at taxi ranks in the centre of Edinburgh, including Waverley and Haymarket rail stations and St Andrew Square bus station, as well as at Edinburgh airport. The journey to Heriot-Watt University takes about 20–30 minutes from the city centre, and about 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport. A return journey to the city centre costs about £30.

You can request an outbound taxi from the Edinburgh Campus by using the complimentary yellow phone found at the Main Entrance reception.

Travelling by air?

Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The airport is on the west side of the city, just three miles from the Edinburgh Campus.

The bus journey from the airport takes about an hour. The Airlink bus takes you to the city centre (£7.50 return), then you can take a Lothian Buses service 25, X25, 34, 45 or N25 (night bus) from the city centre to the campus.

The taxi journey from the airport to the campus takes about 10 minutes and costs about £25 return.

Find out more about getting around Edinburgh.

Travelling by bike?

There are safe cycle routes to the Edinburgh Campus from the city centre, Edinburgh Park and the west. These either follow the main roads or the cycle paths along the Union Canal. You can plan your journey on the CycleStreets website.

Staying overnight?

If you are planning to stay overnight in Edinburgh to make the most of your visit then you may find the Visit Scotland website helpful.

Alternatively, there is a Marriott Courtyard hotel located on the Edinburgh Campus.

What happens on the day?

Once you arrive at our Edinburgh Campus, please make your way to the James Watt Centre where student helpers (who will be easy to spot in their red t-shirts) and staff will be on hand to greet you.

The Welcome session will commence promptly at 10.30 in the James Watt Centre auditorium.  This is your chance to find out lots of useful general information about student life at Heriot-Watt University.

At 12.00 (noon), you will meet with academic staff to learn more about your chosen degree programme.  Lunch will be provided so please remember to state any dietary requirements on the event registration form.

Some of our academic subject areas may also include tours of their relevant facilities, so the length of the afternoon session can vary but is usually around 2 - 3 hours.

Between 14.00 and 16.00 (with last tours departing around 16.00) you will also have the opportunity to join an optional Campus Tour (duration: approx. one hour visiting sports, union, and learning facilities) or an optional Accommodation Tour (duration: approx. 45mins visiting three different price categories of accommodation).

If you wish to join one of these optional tours then please return to the James Watt Centre once your academic session has finished and staff will arrange this for you – both tours will depart regularly.

Staff will also be on hand in the James Watt Centre throughout the event to answer any other questions you may have.

Online registration

Once you have been made an offer you will be invited to register on the Edinburgh Applicant Day web page. Book your place by clicking on the relevant subject, selecting your preferred date and completing the event registration form.

Frequently asked questions

Is it compulsory to attend an Applicant Visit Day? If I do not attend, will it affect my offer?

No, but it is very much to your benefit to get a feel for student life at Heriot-Watt and an understanding of our degree programmes so that you can make a fully informed decision on your final choices.

I cannot attend any of the Applicant Visit Day event dates. Can I arrange to visit on a different day?

Yes you can. We would be very happy to arrange an individual visit for you on an alternative date. Please email us at edu.liaison@hw.ac.uk.

Can I bring family or supporters with me?

Yes, you bring up to two supporters with you. Please make sure you pre-book for everyone who wishes to attend.

How do I cancel or amend a booking?

Since spaces are limited please contact us at edu.liaison@hw.ac.uk if you wish to cancel or amend any of your bookings. Please do not make duplicate bookings.       

Do I need to bring my Event Registration Confirmation email with me?

No, you do not need to bring your booking confirmation with you on the day.

Do I need to bring anything else with me?

Remember to bring enthusiasm and an enquiring mind but a comfortable pair of shoes would also be useful so you can explore our campus!  Some visitors may find it helpful to bring a notepad and pen to take notes, but this is not compulsory!

I’m lost, what should I do?

For directions or information our student ambassadors (in red t-shirts) will be happy to assist you. Just ask!  Alternatively please visit the James Watt Conference Centre to find staff on hand to help with any other questions you may have during your visit.

Is there somewhere to eat on campus?

Remember, lunch will be provided at this event, but if you are still feeling peckish then there are lots of options on campus for somewhere to eat or drink - feel free to explore!
Please just ask our catering staff if you have any vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, halal, gluten-free or lactose intolerant requirements.

We also have ATMs on the campus.

Is there Wi-Fi access?

Free Wi-Fi access will be available inside the James Watt Centre during your visit and details will be provided on arrival.

Is Heriot-Watt University disability friendly?

Disability is not a barrier to studying and enjoying every aspect of student life at Heriot-Watt. Our campus is well equipped for those of you who have a disability or special need. Please contact us as early as possible so that we have time to put any required support in place for you.  You can chat to our Disability Service staff at the Wellbeing Service stand in the Information Zone between 9.30am and 10.30am.

Accessible information can be made available in alternative formats if required. Please contact the Disability Service on 0131 451 3509 or disability@hw.ac.uk.

Will there be any filming and/or photography taking place during the Applicant Day?

Possibly. Please read the University’s image capture policy.

What if I require first aid?

Please contact a member of staff in the James Watt Conference Centre or any other member of staff for assistance.

There is a Medical Centre on the Campus and trained First Aiders will be on hand.

Can you store luggage for me?

You can store large items of luggage securely at our Main Entrance Reception but space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, you must collect luggage by 5pm. Unfortunately we cannot store it overnight.

Top 5 things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a historic and vibrant city … small enough to explore on foot, but big enough to keep you entertained!

Planning to turn your visit into a weekend trip? Here are some suggestions to make the most of your stay...

1. Take a bus tour of Edinburgh

Join an Edinburgh City Sightseeing tour. Hop on-hop off and discover the best of Scotland’s Capital with Edinburgh Bus Tours. Explore sights including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood and The Royal Yacht Britannia, and save your legs from walking up and down all those hills!

2. Visit Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric and most popular tourist attractions. Definitely worth seeing if you are in the city. The castle towers above the city, affording visitors panoramic views to the north, south, east and west. It's history is turbulent and tragic and definitely worth looking into while there.

Top tip: Go in the morning or book your tickets in advance online. This way you'll avoid the massive queues of tourists standing in line to get in. There are always loads of tour bus groups arriving later in the day and it can take some time to get your tickets last minute. Also if you are there at 1pm, be sure to cover your ears…

“Had a great time in Edinburgh and no trip could be complete without visiting the castle. It's in great condition for its age and plenty of history and facts to be learned.”  (Trip Advisor)

3. Climb Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, is blessed with a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city. The former hunting ground of Scottish monarchs, the park covers 263 hectares of varied landscape, including crags, moorland and loch, and the 251m summit of Arthur's Seat. Holyrood Park can be circumnavigated by car or bike along Queen's Drive. If the weather is right be sure to set aside a couple of hours to take the hike up Arthurs Seat to get marvellous views across the city and see the Scottish Parliament from a birds eye view.

“Fantastic 360 degree view of Edinburgh! Hike is relatively easy except for a few steep slopes near the top. Go for sunrise or sunset. It can get hot during midday as all trails are totally exposed.” (Trip Advisor)

4. Take a Murder Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Take a look at Edinburgh's dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture on this Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh. Visit the scenes of many horrific tortures, murders and supernatural happenings as you walk along eerie alleyways and creepy courtyards of the Old Town. Your ghostly guide will blend history with humour and facts with fables, while "jumper-ooters" provide guaranteed ghastly appearances.

5. Visit the National Museum of Scotland

For a free day out you can spend literally hours in the National Museum of Scotland, located on Chambers Street come and find the amazing exhibits, fun for all the family.

“I'm not really a museum person, but I could have spent all day in this one! A wonderful collection of exhibits covering the history of Scotland.”  (Trip Advisor)

Back to Edinburgh Applicant Day.