Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University is a large, vibrant uni that attracts students from around the world. Situated to the West of Edinburgh city centre on a large campus, it is easy to reach from Edinburgh Airport or from the centre of the city. The campus consists of 380 acres of lovely, peaceful parkland and is home to over 8,200 staff and students.

With iQ Fountainbridge and iQ Grove less than a twenty minute drive away, it is easy to see why Heriot-Watt students who want to enjoy living in the centre of the city choose to live at iQ Student Accommodation. iQ Fountainbridge and iQ Grove are both situated very close to the city centre, within walking distance of a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants as well as tourist attractions like Edinburgh Castle. Living at iQ Fountainbridge gives Heriot-Watt students the chance to enjoy the city centre and the opportunity to experience the real Edinburgh student lifestyle, whilst still making it easy to reach classes and lectures at the Heriot-Watt campus.

  Distance Bus Car / taxi Cycle
iQ Grove 5.8 miles 34 minutes 18 minutes 33 minutes
iQ Fountainbridge 5.6 miles 32 minutes 17 minutes 32 minutes



How to reach Heriot-Watt University from iQ Grove or iQ Fountainbridge

Situated five and a half miles from Heriot-Watt University, the easiest way to reach uni from either iQ Student Accommodation site in Edinburgh is probably by bus. Jump on the number 34 or 25 bus near to either iQ Grove or iQ Fountainbridge to get in and out of university easily and quickly; it will take you just over half an hour. If you are planning to get the bus to and from uni, students in Edinburgh can get a discounted 'Ridacard' bus pass for only £13 a week, or £40 a month. The Ridacard gives you unlimited travel during the day and makes getting to and from Heriot-Watt University super easy!

For days when you're running late, you can take a taxi to uni in less than twenty minutes. Zipping along the A71 to Heriot-Watt in a taxi will cost you about £15. And if you've got a bike with you at uni, it'll only take you half an hour to reach campus. Plus, you can store your bike in the onsite cycle storage at iQ Fountainbridge or iQ Grove. Easy!

Heriot-Watt University contact details

General Enquiries

  • 0131 449 5111
  • enquiries@hw.ac.uk

Careers service

  • 0131 451 3391
  • careers@hw.ac.uk

Students Union

  • 0131 451 5333
  • info@hwunion.com

Did you know...

  • Heriot Watt University has the largest cohort of international students in Scotland.
  • Beating the University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt ranked 13th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland in the Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • Heriot Watt takes it's name from George Heriot, a 16th century philanthropist, and James Watt, the famous 18th century engineer.
  • Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt became a university officially in 1966.
  • Heriot-Watt's campus in Edinburgh consists of 380 acres of parkland.