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Study in Glasgow

Don’t let its sober Victorian exterior fool you – Glasgow is jam-packed with style, vitality, and a raucous sense of humour.


Forget Coke! Irn-Bru is the true soft drink of choice in Glasgow, where it's produced. 

City life – University of Glasgow graduate

'The pubs, clubs, culture, and most of all, banter of Glaswegiens more than compensate for the rain. They like a chat – whether you're queuing for the toilets or a taxi, there's always a laugh to be had.'

Celtic vs Rangers

The Old firm rivalry goes beyond football, with deep roots to Scotland's religious and political history.

Nightlife – third year student at University of Glasgow, 2016

'There's something for everyone in Glasgow: ABC for the pop regulars, Cathouse for the metal blasters, Nice n' Sleazy's for the open-mic-and-a-listening-audience, and Polo for the LGBT+.'

Mackintosh Architecture

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a name you'll get to know; the homegrown architect's fingerprints are all over Glasgow.

Student life in Glasgow

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
Take a walk by the River Kelvin, through the Botanical Gardens
Friday feeling
Sauchiehall Street is for bar and club-central
Sunday chilling
Escape the cold in Tchai-Ovna, known for its unusual teas
Feeling cultural
Lose a few hours at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
Grab a bite
Try a 'pizza-crisp supper' of deep-fried pizza and chips (at least once)
When family visit
Check out the architecture with a walk around George Square

Glasgow skyline

Several famous landmarks form Glasgow's skyline, including 'The Armadillo' concert venue.

Nightlife – third year student at University of Glasgow, 2016

'The Bookclub is the perfect hipster hideout - ideal for vegetarians, drinking cocktails from teapots, playing ping-pong and eating good food in a refurbished old cinema.'

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow boasts some of the finest stained glass windows in Britain.

Second year student at University of Glasgow, 2018

'Glasgow is absolutely perfect for students – bars and clubs are everywhere. Most students live in Woodlands, but everywhere is pretty easy walking distance. You really can't be picky on location because flats are expensive and in very high demand.'

The Riverside Museum

The objects on display here outline Glasgow's past as a maritime powerhouse, right through to daily life in the mid-20th century.

Second year student at University of Glasgow, 2018

'I live in Finnieston, which is quite popular with students. It's very close to uni and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. It was the most reasonably priced accommodation relatively close to uni.'

Gilbert-Scott Tower

Standing at 278 feet high, this iconic tower is one of Glasgow's most notable landmarks.

Living in Glasgow

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £67 - £140
  • Average
Housing value for money*
  • Fair deal
Local transport*
  • £15.00
  • FirstWeek - City/Local student ticket
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Dennistoun
  • Kelvinbridge
  • Finnieston

*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.


Student money tips

Enjoy music, drinks and shop discounts at the annual Buchanan Galleries Student Lock In.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

Discover more savings on student life in Glasgow with UCAS student discounts. Find the latest deals, from fashion brands and eating fresh, to big discounts on tech and travel.