Advantages Flexible degrees, well respected degrees, nice new halls of res, good teaching staff
Disadvantages Far out of the city, bad IT infrastructure, small library
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I loved my en-suite
I had a good four years at Heriot Watt and don't regret going there for university, but for a university that apparently makes so much money from its research and attracts so many foreign students that pay top dollar to be there, you would think that more money could be spent on facilities for the students. The library is small and has too few books of the same type when a whole class is trying to research the same subject. The computer facilities are few and far between and often you have to wait for ages to get on a computer, parking facilities can be attrocious and when a conference is on, you often get the feeling that the businessmen are all that is important.
However, the new halls of residence are wonderful, I loved my en-suite and my room was warm and comfortable. I found the lecturers and heads of departments happy to help and pleasant. I was also able to change the direction of my course midway through it to something that I preferred, and still come out with a degree that helped me get lots of job interviews. The careers centre is very useful, and the staff very helpful, they helped me get about two dozen job interviews in my final year. The sports facilities are good and not too expensive, and the surroundings are picturesque, but I did spend most of my time in town rather than on the campus.
I think I would reccomend Heriot Watt as a university, but to be aware that there are still a few areas that are lacking.
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