Galashiels is the Scottish Borders, right in the heart of the luxury textiles industry.
‘Galashiels is a brilliant town to be a student. There is a real creative buzz here as there are so many design students in the town and lots of art stores and craft shops. The nightlife is all geared towards students but when I need my city fix there’s a train to Edinburgh every 30 minutes so I get the best of both worlds.’
Caroline Duff – BA Fashion (4th year student)
Galashiels is one of those places where you really do get the best of both worlds; you’re minutes away from the most stunning Scottish countryside yet the town centre has all the facilities you’ll need. There are bars and restaurants to cater for an array of tastes; plenty of coffee shops from local independents to the ubiquitous Costa; retail chains such as Next; M&S and Tesco plus specialist local stores; there’s a swimming pool and even an old school retro cinema.
Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott stands proudly in the town and Old Gala House has recently exhibited a Warhol collection with the MacArts Centre hosting plays, music and events from all over the country. The area is a creative hub, mainly due to the historical ties to the textiles industry. There are many festivals and events celebrating the town’s creative scene and rich creative heritage.
There’s a higher than average amount of sporting clubs and events, plus all that the beautiful countryside has to offer. There’s discounted membership rates for TriFitness, the new sports centre next to the campus. TriFitness offers a huge range of gym and cardio equipment, as well as fitness and dance classes, and is run by the Borders Sport & Leisure Trust in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and Borders College. The surrounding countryside has golf courses and opportunities for fishing and horse riding. Cycling enthusiasts can use the 90-mile Tweed cycleway and for walkers the Southern Upland Way passes through the town.
With market towns such as Melrose and Kelso nearby, Galashiels really has it all. And if you need a city fix, then you’re a short train ride away from the centre of Edinburgh, direct from Galashiels.
The Borders Campus has a friendly atmosphere where students and staff alike have a genuine passion for what they do. Walk around the campus and you will see the level of creativity, research and talent on a daily basis. The facilities are our unique point of difference and have been described by Dame Vivienne Westwood as “The best in the UK”.