Heriot Watt University Galashiels

By | 13th June 2017

Heriot Watt University Galashiels

Welcome to the School of Textiles and Design

A countryside location, perfectly situated at the pulsating heart of Scotland’s luxury textile industry, Heriot-Watt Scottish Borders campus delivers the best design and production facilities for textiles and fashion in the UK.


Gateway to a world of fashion and design

Home to the School of Textiles and Design, our Scottish Borders campus in Galashiels is a gateway to an exciting world of fashion and design, with strong industry partnerships and links to the worldwide textile industry.

Unrivalled facilities

A multi-million pound refurbishment has created an inspiring learning environment and centre for excellence, with integrated learning facilities, specialised workshops, computer aided design suites, museum and library and gallery.  The accommodation is special too, spacious and cleverly designed, providing a place to relax, socialise and study for students from around the world.

Heriot Watt University Galashiels

Easy access to the city

For a flavour of city life, Scotland’s vibrant cultural capital city, Edinburgh, is just 50 minutes away by train. On weekdays, a twice-daily shuttle bus connects the campus with Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus.

I visited the School of Textiles and Design on an Open Day and was overwhelmed. The School’s facilities are great. The overall atmosphere, support system for students and great facilities made Heriot-Watt the complete package for me.

Lauren Houston: BA Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art) 4th year.

Heriot Watt University Galashiels

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.

Study bedrooms

Each study 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.

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 and a coffee table in each room.

Single study bedroom
Deluxe study bedroom
Shared student kitchen

We also have a small number of individual studios available to rent. These private studios contain a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living space.

Accommodation fees
Room type Cost per week Contract length Cost per tenancy
Study bedroom £138.04 40 weeks £5521.16
Study bedroom £138.04 51 weeks £7040.04
Deluxe room £151.90 40 weeks £6076.00
Studio £160.65 40 weeks £6426.00
Studio £160.65 51 weeks £8193.15

How to apply

You can apply online for on-campus accommodation from 14 April 2017 – 19 August 2017.  Applications can be made after 19 August but you will not be covered by the guarantee.

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

What’s included in the rent?

The rent includes:

  • internet connection (24MB 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)

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 (eg Socrates or Erasmus exchanges), you are not covered by the guarantee, but you should still email bordershalls@hw.ac.uk at the Accommodation Office who will help you find accommodation (on campus, if it is available, or elsewhere in Galashiels).

Visiting students

We are happy to accept applications from students coming for one semester, this is subject to availability. Applications cannot be made online but please email bordershalls@hw.ac.uk with details of your dates of study and our Accommodation Office will email you an application form. It may be advisable for you to look off campus accommodation in Galashiels in case we are unable to accommodate you.

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 our Residence Life Coordinator, N.N.Inglis@hw.ac.uk can help you to find suitable family accommodation off campus. We recommend that you travel to Galashiels on your own first before making arrangements for your family to join you.

Accommodation Office (Scottish Borders Campus)