International Study Centre

Why study in Glasgow?

Welcome to Glasgow

Glasgow is one of Scotland’s largest cities. It is a vibrant and welcoming place with a unique personality and it was ranked 8th best city in the world by Time Out magazine (The 48 best cities in the world 2019).

Glasgow is the perfect place for student life. The city is bursting with culture and creativity, and there are many things to do in Glasgow for students. It is home to the largest shopping centre in Britain outside London (The Telegraph, 2017), and has more than 90 public parks and gardens, plus a thriving food and music scene with festivals held throughout the year.

Discover Scotland and the UK 

When you want to explore outside of the city, Glasgow has excellent transport links that make it easy to visit the rest of the UK. Glasgow Airport is just 20 minutes from the city centre by bus, where you can catch a short flight to London (75 minutes) or Belfast (45 minutes). You can also catch a train from Glasgow to Edinburgh, or to cities south of the Scottish border, such as Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

Students share their experience of studying in Glasgow

Things to do in Glasgow for students

Glasgow has an abundance of sights to see, many of which are free to visit. It is a compact city that is easy to navigate and explore on foot. You can visit different neighbourhoods and find unique landmarks that make this city so special. 

Must-see sights

  • See famous artworks in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and GoMA
  • Visit the stunning Riverside Museum to see objects from Glasgow’s history
  • Take yourself on a tour around the city’s striking street art
  • Make sure you look up to see the city’s fantastic architecture

Food

Visit the city’s West End to sample exciting flavours from around the world. Thanks to its multicultural community, Glasgow’s food scene has lots of choice, as well as traditional Scottish fayre.

Music

Glasgow is world-famous for its music scene – it was first in the UK to become a designated UNESCO City of Music. From big global music acts to small local talent, there’s a huge variety of classical and modern live music.

Sports

Football fans are well catered for in Glasgow, with two of the UK’s major teams based here – Queen’s Park Rangers and Celtic. Hampden Park (Scotland’s national football and rugby stadium) is located a short distance from the city centre, and hosts sports events throughout the year.

Enjoy the outdoors in Scotland

The name Glasgow is said to come from the Gaelic for “green place”, and with over 90 public parks to explore it’s easy to see why. Glasgow has lots of opportunities for you to experience nature, from bike rides around Victorian Kelvingrove Park, to relaxing in the Botanic Gardens, or seeing the wildlife and woods at Mugdock Country Park.

Travel 30 minutes outside Glasgow city centre and you’ll arrive in the stunning Scottish countryside. You can visit the world-famous Loch Lomond National Park and explore by foot or by boat. If you’re adventurous, you can go wakeboarding, rock climbing or skiing and snowboarding in winter.

Travelling around the UK and Europe

Glasgow is easily accessible from around the UK and Europe: 

Edinburgh - 50 minutes' train
London - 75 minutes' flight
Paris - 110 minutes' flight

Strathclyde Student Estelle

Living in Glasgow you get the benefits of being in a city so a lot of things are available to you but there are not too many crowds. I love shopping here.

"I’m a foodie and people are getting into the coffee scene and the brunch scene. We have coffee festivals now! Most of the big stars that come to Scotland do their concerts in Glasgow because of the SSE – it’s the biggest concert venue in Scotland."

Estelle from Singapore Studied Undergraduate Foundation Programme in
Business and Social Studies
Graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in BA (Hons) Business Enterprise

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