Tips for your September arrival

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September has arrived and now is the time to start preparing for your exciting journey to Glasgow! If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a breath and relax. We have gathered some tips to help you prepare and settle into life abroad.

Be prepared

Before catching your flight to Glasgow, you’re going to want to be sure that you have everything you need. You’ll be able to buy most things you need once you arrive, but there are some things you will need to bring from home.

Make sure you’ve downloaded our pre-arrival guide. This guide covers what else you will need and the documents you will want to carry with you while traveling. You will also want to read our Welcome to Strathclyde blog for more information of what to expect during your first week.

Get involved

After you’ve arrived and settled in, take this opportunity to meet your classmates and say hello to your new neighbours. Throughout your first week there will be a range of fun activities for new students. Be sure you arrive on time and prepared for induction.

The other students will be feeling many of the same things you are. Talking to each other will help to ease any nerves, and inviting your new classmates out to explore the city will help you all get to know each other and your new city.


After you’ve met your neighbours and attended induction, you might you have some extra time to explore your new home city. Glasgow is renowned for its culture and the friendliness of its people. Glasgow is also a UNESCO City of Music, with around 130 music events each week.

Places to see in Glasgow:

For first time visitors, guided city tours can be a great way to learn the layout of your new home. Glasgow has a great transportation system, including buses and the most extensive urban rail network in the UK outside of London. There are even city bikes you can rent for an hour or the whole day to tour the city.

  • Glasgow Cathedral – Only one of a few Scottish medieval churches, and the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland. It is still an active place of worship and all are welcome.
  • Britannia Panopticon – The world’s oldest surviving music hall. Stop by in the afternoon to view the historic hall, or even sign up for dance classes at the hall.
  • Celtic Football Club – Founded in 1887, Glasgow’s professional football club plays in the Scottish Premiership.
  • The Tall Ship – This steel-hulled three-masted barque, named the Glenlee, is one of only five Clyde ships still afloat in the world today, and the only one in the UK.

Happening this month:

  • Doors Open Days – A free annual architecture festival, giving free access to buildings across the city to showcase Glasgow’s architecture and heritage.
  • Adventures in Space – As part of VisitScotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, The Lighthouse hosts this free exhibition, exploring the bistory of architecture in comics, films and books.
  • Ichthyosaurs at Hunterian Museum  – There is still time this month to discover the Mesozoic ichthyosaurs, including the first Scottish ichthyosaur with a Gaelic name.

It can be hard being far from home, but making new friends will make it easier. One of the best ways to make new friends is by doing stuff with people and inviting others. Take some friends with you to explore! Keep in mind, our International Study Centre staff are always available to help

Other useful websites for planning your time in Glasgow: