Living in Glasgow as a student
The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is located in West Central Scotland, on the banks of the River Clyde. Glasgow has a population of 621,000 residents in an area of 175 square kilometres.The five universities in Glasgow (University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland, and The Glasgow School of Art) have a total of 53,000 students, the highest number in Scotland.
A UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has produced bands such as The Blue Nile, Simple Minds, Dean Blue, Belle and Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Travis, Chvrches, and Rustie. The city has a number of live music venues, pubs and clubs, including King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, where Oasis was discovered, and The Garage, the largest nightclub in Scotland. Glasgow is also home to festivals all year round, with the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, and Glasgay as examples. Glasgow also has a wide range of other activities, from curling, to opera, to football. Glasgow tends to be the base from which many of Scotland’s National Arts Organisations operate, with the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, and the Scottish Youth Theatre all located here.Glasgow is also the birthplace of the architecture designed by the Glasgow School, in particular the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The University of Glasgow has multiple campuses across the city, but the main one is in Hillhead, north west of city centre, called the Gilmorehill Campus. The University of Strathclyde’s John Anderson Campus is on the north east side of the city centre, while Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)’s campus is in the city centre itself. The University of the West of Scotland has four campuses in south west Scotland, while the Glasgow School of Art has two campuses. It can be tough to generalise student accommodation options in Glasgow, but the West End is a popular choice, as it is surrounded by cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants.