Living in Paisley as a student
Did you know that the ‘Paisley’ pattern came from the town of Paisley in Scotland? Located in the west central Lowlands of Scotland, within Renfrewshire, is the large town of Paisley, just two hours away from Edinburgh. Glasgow Airport is situated on the edge of the town, and Glasgow is less than 15 minutes away by train. Paisley is home to over 77,000 residents, including 15,000 students who reside at the University of the West of Scotland.
Paisley rose to prominence during the 12th century, but the town is most well-known for being the birthplace of the ‘Paisley’ pattern, created during the Industrial Revolution. As a world centre for thread making and weaving, the ‘Paisley’ shawls made the town famous, even though they were made from a Kashmiri design. The town has many landmarks connected to its weaving and religious history, from the 12th-century Paisley Abbey to the large Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, the St. Mirin’s Cathedral, and the Dooslan Stane (or Dooslan Stone), which is still used today as the starting point for the annual Sma’ Shot parade in July. Other events include the annual Paisley Busking Day in August. The town has a number of nightlife spots, thanks to famed locations such as the Watermill Hotel and Friars Hall, and there are a number of up-and-coming pubs and bars that cater to students. Live music spots are commonplace, with many bars and pubs supporting local bands and singers.
The University of the West of Scotland (formerly the University of Paisley), has a number of locations in south-western Scotland, with the Paisley campus located in County Place, a 15min walk from the town centre. Accommodation options tend to revolve around the campus, with many students living in Storie Street, or George Street and Lady Lane.