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    Established in 1821 as the worlds first mechanics institute, Heriot-Watt University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK. It was originated as the School of Arts of Edinburgh but went through a number of subsequent name changes and then in 1966, achieved university status and was named Heriot-Watt University. The University boasts multiple campuses, located in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Dubai, Malaysia and Orkney. More than one-third of Heriot-Watt’s 8,000 Edinburgh campus students are from outside the United Kingdom and this international focus is also demonstrated by more than 10,000 students from 130 different countries worldwide enrolled on its international programmes. The university has won awards from the Scottish Council of Development and Industry because of its global focus. 

    Campus overview
    The university's main campus is situated in Riccarton in South West Edinburgh on 380 acres of parkland. The campus is quite vast consisting of - academic buildings, on-campus student residences, a postgraduate centre, local shops, numerous library collections, healthcare facilities, a variety of recreational and sports facilities, and more. The Dubai campus was opened in 2005 and was the very first university campus from a UK based higher education institution to be set up in Dubai International Academic City. 

    Student Accommodation near Heriot-Watt University
    Heriot-Watt University offers 2,000 residential places at their Edinburgh campus with a range of room types and prices. All these accommodations are self-catered in which you will get to choose between en suite and shared rooms. The Scottish Borders Campus has 200 self-catered rooms and flats available for its students. In these accommodations, you’ll have your own study bedroom, the majority of which have en-suite bathrooms, internet access, and laundry facilities.

    However, these rooms are not enough to accommodate all the students and apart from these campuses, others don’t provide on-campus accommodation. This has created a demand for private student accommodation in the city which can provide good living space for students. University Living is one such accommodation provider which has many properties located in the city. 

    Types of student rooms
    These private accommodations offer a wide array of room types depending on your budget and other preferences. These include student studio, apartments, flats, penthouses, en-suite rooms and shared rooms. Those who prefer greater privacy can opt for studios which offer private living area, kitchen, and bathrooms. Those who like the company of other residents can opt for shared rooms or en-suite rooms. In these, you have to share the common areas, kitchen, and games area with other residents while the bathroom is private for all. 

    Where are these student home located? 
    Most of these properties are located at a walking distance from the campus which helps students save both time and money on their daily travel. These residences are also quite to the city centre which has plenty of entertainment options like bars, cafes, pubs, music venues, and restaurants. You can also find many supermarkets located close to the accommodation so you can always keep your stock full. These are located in good student-friendly suburbs which are quite safe. 

    How is the university connected to these accommodations? 
    The city offers great public transport facilities and the travel links with Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campuses are excellent. Student living in off-campus accommodations can catch a local bus from the nearest bus stop to the Edinburgh Campus. Lothian Buses is the local bus service provider in the city. Those who love cycling can enjoy the beautiful city on their way to the campus. There are safe cycle routes from the city centre, Edinburgh Park and the west.