City Guide: Student Life in Glasgow

Considering living in Glasgow as a student? Take a read of our guide on where to live, what to do, and tips for student life in Glasgow.

What is it like to live in Glasgow?

A port city packed with culture and arts, Glasgow is perfect for people who want to spend time discovering what the city has to offer. Home to the world’s oldest swimming club and Europe’s busiest bridge, the city is full of history at every turn. Regarded as a friendly city, you can certainly make your home away from home here and enjoy student life in Glasgow.

Things to Do in Glasgow

Climb up the lighthouse

Want your design fix but fancy it in a different setting? Climb up the lighthouse after checking out the latest exhibitions. It’s tucked away just off Buchanan Street and is popular with the creative crowds. There’s a sixth floor viewing platform which has amazing views. If you don’t want the challenge of climbing up the steps, there’s also a lift.

Scottish Football Museum

Perfect for those who enjoy learning about the long history of the beautiful game. The Scottish Football Museum holds the oldest national trophy – the Scottish cup – which was made in 1873. Fun fact: the original trophy of the English FA Cup was stolen in 1895 and was never found. Because of this, the Scottish have the oldest trophy, despite the English FA cup having started earlier, in 1872.

Cinema Film Theatre

View the city via the big screen at the Cinema Film Theatre. This place is ideal for those who are into indie films. Did you know that Glasgow used to be one of Britain’s greatest cinema cities, boasting 114 cinemas? And when you have finished marvelling in the delights of the big screen, you can take in the design of the exterior and interior which are also pretty impressive.

Living in Glasgow as a Student

What’s it like to live in Glasgow? Here are some of the best student accommodation options in Glasgow if you are looking to study in the city

Thurso Street

Thurso Street gives you the best of both worlds. Walk to class through Kelvingrove Park. It’s so peaceful, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a bustling city. Be inspired by the world-famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Gaze at paintings by the Old Masters and Salvador Dali. Five minutes in the opposite direction and you’re on lively Byres Road. Stop off at Kember & Jones for coffee and cake, or meet friends for cocktails at Bar Soba. Afterwards you can head home to hang out in the spacious common room. You’ll be just across the road from the University of Glasgow, and Glasgow Caledonian University and Strathclyde University are both within walking distance. It’s quick and easy to get around the city with Kelvinhall underground station and Partick train station being nearby.

Vita Student Glasgow Beith Street

At Vita Student Glasgow, you’re a short walk from the University of Glasgow, and closer still to some of the West End’s greatest landmarks. Pick up a free grab-and-go breakfast before you head out the door. Discover everything from Spitfire planes to iconic Salvador Dali artworks at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, before meeting your friends for pizza and espresso at local favourite The Little Café. Spend the afternoon exploring Kelvingrove Park’s beautiful riverbank pathways, and the evening listening to cool tunes whilst sipping cocktails at the trendy Dukes Bar. When you’re not in class, exploring the rest of the city is easy. Rent a bike from the free cycle hire to pedal around town, cross the road to Partick train station, or take a one-minute stroll to your nearest bus stop.

Nido St James

Start your day with a cappuccino and freshly-baked pastry at Riverhill Coffee Bar, before hitting the shops along Buchanan Street. Jump on the subway and head to Byres Road to explore some of the city’s best vintage shops, including Starry Starry Night. If you’re in the mood for something a little more cultured, pay a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art, or catch the latest exhibition at The Lighthouse, which is Scotland’s centre for design and architecture. Head back to your student accommodation to change, before crossing the street to meet friends for pizza and beer at The Lee.

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