Heriot Watt University Glasgow

Heriot Watt University Glasgow

Heriot-Watt University is a public university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics’ institute (Royal Charter granted in 1966). It has campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai, and Putrajaya in Malaysia.

The university is ranked among the World’s Top 500 by both Times Higher Education World University Rankings (401-500) and QS World University Rankings (327). It is ranked in the Top 30 in the UK by The Complete University Guide and The Guardian.

Our Edinburgh Campus is about 6 miles from the city centre. It’s well served by frequent local bus services and is also easy to access by car.

The easiest way to plan your journey to the campus is to use the Traveline Scotland Journey Planner, which uses up-to-date public transport timetables.


The Edinburgh Campus is easy to access by car from the centre of Edinburgh and from all major routes leading to the city. The University is half a mile from the Calder Junction of the A720 City of Edinburgh by-pass and the A71, and you’ll see signs for Heriot-Watt University on your approach.

Google Maps directions

You can get directions to the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus through Google Maps by entering your starting address or postcode below:

Student parking

  • Students can park in car parks A, B, G, H or J.  Please refer to our car parking map.

Visitor parking

You can find the location of the visitor car parks on the map of Edinburgh Campus.

  • Visitors to the University should use car park A, B, H or J.
  • Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gait 10 next to the Centre for Sport & Exercise. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the campus; you can contact us to reserve one.

Heriot Watt University Glasgow


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.


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. 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. Regular travellers to the campus should consider getting a Ridacard.