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

Irn-Bru

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

Second year student, University of Glasgow

The slogan, ‘People Make Glasgow’ rings very true. The West End boasts lots of quirky, independent shops, cafes, and boutiques, as well as beautiful, historic parks and galleries. Glasgow is one of the only cities in the UK with an underground metro service. It's an eclectic mix of huge, new glass buildings, [and] Victorian gothic terraces.

Celtic vs Rangers

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

Second year student, University of Glasgow

Glasgow [is] by far the best city in Scotland for live gigs. It has many iconic venues, like The Barrowlands and O2 Academy. It’s got loads of bars, ranging from really cheap to more expensive, and also has all kinds of clubs to suit every music taste.

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
All the art galleries are free in Glasgow. Window shopping in the vintage shops in the West End is also nice, with a stop at Loop and Scoop for ice-cream. (Third year student, University of Strathclyde)
Friday feeling
It's always worth a mosey on down to Broadcast or Nice n Sleazy’s to see what they have on: movie screenings, karaoke, DJ nights or gigs. (Third year student, University of Glasgow)
Sunday chilling
The glasshouse at the Botanical Gardens [has] got a fish pond and huge tropical trees. It's the most calming place to just sit. (Third year student, University of Glasgow)
Feeling cultural
Inn Deep do an open mic poetry night every second Tuesday, which is amazing. But come early if you want a seat, it's always jam-packed! (Third year student, University of Glasgow)
Grab a bite
Bar Soba – 50% off food and 25% off drinks [on] weekdays. They have lovely cocktails, Thai-fusion street food, and plenty [of] yummy gluten-free, veggie, and vegan options. (Third year student, University of Glasgow)
When family visit
Head north for some really nice hikes. Both the Loch Lomond area and The Highlands are stunning. The Cobbler hike can be easily done in a day. (Second year student, University of Glasgow)
Treat yourself
For dinner, Miller and Carters steakhouse. Best steak meal you’ll get in Glasgow, and the Pornstar Martini is the best I’ve ever tasted. (Glasgow Caledonian University student)
Catch up with mates
The Ark is a great place, especially on Wednesdays when there’s chicken wings for 25p! (Second year student, University of Strathclyde)

Glasgow skyline

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

Second year student, University of Glasgow

Most students tend to gravitate towards The Garage on Sauchiehall Street for clubbing, but there are a lot of quirky little pubs in West End if that’s not quite your thing. The LGBTQ+ scene in Glasgow is thriving, particularly around Merchant City.

Glasgow Cathedral

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

Third year student, University of Strathclyde

Dennistoun – 20-minute walk from the uni and [city] centre. Full of all types of different cultural restaurants and eateries. One of the cheapest places to live in Glasgow. Usually peaceful area, although further out towards Celtic Park may become a bit dangerous at night.

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.

Third year student, University of Glasgow

Finnieston – Very safe, and relatively quiet for being so close to town and uni. Lovely stretch of bars and cafes along Argyle Street too, and right near the Mitchell Library if the uni library is too cramped. Only real con would be that it's not great for public transport. It's an OK walking distance from near enough anywhere, so you just have to be organised enough to give yourself enough time.

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 Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Parking is a problem. If you find a space, it's costly! I would strongly recommend getting a subway ticket. Weekly tickets cost £14, and can be used as many times as you need. Monthly tickets and ten-week passes are also available. (Second year student, University of Glasgow)

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