Heriot-Watt University began life in 1821 as the School of Arts of Edinburgh, the world's first Mechanics Institute,
Heriot-Watt specialises in science, engineering, design, business and languages. Some of the unique courses offered at the institution are Brewing and Distilling, Interpreting and Translation and Actuarial programmes, and all degrees are taught with practical learning as the main focus.
Heriot-Watt's main campus is located in Riccarton in South West Edinburgh on 380 acres of parkland. The campus consists of: student residences, a postgraduate centre, shops, several library collections, childcare, healthcare, a chaplaincy, a variety of recreational and sports facilities, and a museum. It is also home to the Edinburgh Conference Centre and Europe's oldest research park, which opened in 1971 See below for a list of amenities near our campus.
Heriot-Watt's Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels is home to the University's School of Textile and Design. While the Scottish Borders Campus shares some facilities and administrative functions with Edinburgh, it is largely self-contained. As well as its own library, accommodation and catering facilities, it has its own branch of the Student Union which runs events on the site and is home to a collection of textile records and artefacts. A new £12m student village opened at the Campus on September 2012. See below for a list of amenities near our campus.