Scottish Borders Campus
About the Scottish Borders Campus
Home to the School of Textiles & Design, the Scottish Borders campus is located in the town of Galashiels. You'll find a friendly, lively community here on a compact campus that makes it easy to access all our facilities.
The campus recently underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment to create an inspiring learning environment and centre for excellence. We've established integrated learning facilities, computer suites, specialised workshops, spacious studios, a library and a gallery.
The campus offers a range of support services for students and has a lively Students' Association with strong links to its partner on our Edinburgh Campus.
It's easy to access the city, which is only an hour's drive away, and there's a regular bus service from the Edinburgh Campus to the campus at Galashiels.
Students focus on Textile Design Studio Courses and do not take Hallmarks courses during semester at Heriot Watt. As an exchange student, you will be taking classes with Scottish, UK, EU, and international students. You will get to experience a small design school environment in a region renowned for bespoke textiles.
Application, Enrollment, and Immigration requirements
Applicants must be nominated by the Study Away Office and the Textile Design Program at Jefferson - East Falls before completing their application for Heriot Watt. Students will be granted a short term study visa by presenting their acceptance letter upon entering the UK. Students should wait until official acceptance by Heriot Watt to book their travel. Students should not book travel through the Republic of Ireland.
Accommodation at Scottish Borders Campus
The accommodation at our Scottish Borders Campus is within easy reach of your lectures, sports facilities and the Students' Union.
There are around 200 self-catered rooms and flats in the halls of residence on the campus, and the University also leases flats off-campus and in the town centre.
Halls of residence
Accommodation in the halls of residence is not guaranteed to overseas students, and is subject to availability for those students who submit an application. If you submit an application for the halls of residence, you can choose between self-catered rooms and self-catered flats.
Students in self-catered rooms share a fully equipped kitchen (you will need to bring your own crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils)
Self-catered flats have six bedrooms as well as a shared lounge, fully equipped kitchen, two bath/shower rooms and two toilets. Again, you will need to provide your own cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.
For students who are not placed in the halls of residence, the University will assist students in being placed in off-campus flats, close to campus.
Disabilities and special needs
The Campus has some bedrooms in self-catering flats that have been adapted for wheelchair users and any student with a disability or special need who wishes to live on campus will be given a place automatically in one of these residences.
Every effort is made to ensure the needs of any individual student are met and, if you have a special need in respect of accommodation, the Disability Adviser will be happy to help you.
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