The Institute of Applied Social Studies is based in the newly refurbished Muirhead Tower, which is airy and modern, fully WiFi enabled, has a sophisticated learning environment and social spaces including student common rooms. Special collections of historic documents and artefacts are exhibited in the foyer, which also contains large digital screens displaying information about rooms and other learning space news and data.

There is also a spacious Starbucks cafe with a stylish mezzanine on the ground floor of the building.