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Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University accommodation

Scotland’s largest and most populous city, Glasgow, is warm, welcoming and brimming with personality.

Book your student accommodation near Glasgow Caledonian University on Student.com and surround yourself with Glasgow’s famous galleries, great restaurants, trendy bars and cafes and gorgeous green space on your doorstep.

With our GCU accommodation, you’ll be living in modern flats and stylish studios in some of Glasgow’s best neighbourhoods where you can enjoy the comfortable living spaces and be within walking distance of your classes.

If you need more information about our uni accommodation and the student rooms we offer, give us a call or text us through the live chat feature on the bottom right-hand corner of this page.

Where is Glasgow Caledonian University located?

Glasgow Caledonian University’s single-site campus sits in the city centre of Glasgow, near to green open spaces and excellent shopping and nightlife.

The University’s location gives it easy and quick access to air, rail and road links. It is close to the Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central railway stations, the underground rail system, and within easy walking distance of the Buchanan Bus Station. It is also in close proximity to the M8 motorway for an easy getaway to Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport.

With a heady mix of culture, architecture, music, arts, nightlife, leisure facilities, shopping, restaurants, cinemas, parks and spectator sports, Glasgow has pretty much everything a student needs.

Friendly, affordable, convenient and multicultural, Glasgow is a great city for students from all cultures and backgrounds. And the media agrees.

Described as a must-visit destination by the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust, Glasgow is one of National Geographic Traveler’s top 20 ‘Best of the World’ destinations and was voted ‘friendliest city in the world’ twice by travel firm Rough Guides.

With over 90 parks and gardens within the city boundaries, you will have ample opportunity to relax, go for a jog or simply enjoy the beauty of the many green parts of Glasgow.

Studying at GCU

If you choose to study at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) you’ll be receiving a high-quality education.

GCU is an award-winning institution that offers a wide range of courses at two UK campuses at city-centre locations in the heart of Glasgow and London as well as an overseas campus in New York City.

With a strong global presence and over 140 years of academic success, the university has a wide range of accreditations and industry links.

The university has a distinct, defining mission to deliver social benefit through education, research and social innovation. Thus, it has a wide range of award-winning support services that make the transition from school to the workplace easier. According to a 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey, 91 percent of the university’s graduates are in work and/or further study 15 months after graduating.

Recognised for research

GCU also possesses demonstrable excellence in research. It has been ranked in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) results.

The institution’s research focuses on solutions that address real-world challenges making a significant contribution to society.

A driver of social and environmental change

It also prides itself in being a driver of social change pushing for sustainable environments, the building of inclusive societies, and for humans to lead healthy lives. The university ranked in the top 10 in the UK for world-leading social work and social policy research impact (Times Higher Education 2014).

The People & Planet University League rated GCU number one in Scotland and 23rd out of 154 universities in the UK for environmental and ethical performance.

A mix of purpose-built, industry-standard facilities, transformative education, research excellence and a focused approach to sustainability has led to high rates of student satisfaction.

GCU Student life

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) campus is a vibrant and multi-cultural place to be. The university’s eco-friendly main campus won the platinum award given by Ecocampus in 2019 and it was also named the first Changemaker Campus in Scotland.

The university’s welcoming community of 20,000 students from over 100 countries enjoys its superb world-class facilities which include a virtual hospital, high-tech broadcasting suite, a fashion factory and an award-winning ultra-modern library.

Bright, spacious and well equipped with moving library shelves for easy access to books, “think pods” with whiteboards for group study, and several study areas, the Sir Alex Ferguson library is at the centre of life at GCU.

Its campus is not only highly equipped and convenient, but it’s also friendly, close-knit, diverse and cosmopolitan. The campus is welcoming to anyone, regardless of nationality, age or background. You’ll also be on first-name terms with lecturers and the campus’s design and culture makes it easy to socialise.

Social life 

At GCU, student life offers much more than a high-level education.

The university places a lot of emphasis on creating a sociable environment for study and recreation on campus and provides opportunities to socialise off it as well.

Student support

Through initiatives such as the ‘Base’ - one-stop information and support centre helping students with everything from borrowing laptops to getting council tax rebates, GCU has won awards for student support, including the Times Higher Education Outstanding Support for Overseas Students award.

The university is also committed to helping its students from all backgrounds maximise their potential.

Through initiatives such as Caledonian Club, a multi-award-winning programme aimed at widening participation and engagement across its local communities, it provides opportunities for talented individuals to galvanise their talents and skills.

History of the Glasgow Caledonian University

The university’s history dates back to 1875 with the formation of the Glasgow School of Cookery.

In 1878 the West End School of Cookery was established before merging with the Glasgow School of Cookery to form The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (GWSCDS) in 1908. Over 60 years later in 1975, it became the Queen’s College, Glasgow. 

Glasgow College of Technology was established in 1971 before becoming Glasgow Polytechnic in 1991. Two years later, on April 1, 1993, Glasgow Caledonian University was born with the merger of the Queen’s College and Glasgow Polytechnic.

Frequently asked questions about uni accommodation near Glasgow Caledonian University

Why should I live in private student accommodation rather than university halls?

Living in a private student accommodation offers many advantages compared to uni halls. Many modern purpose-built student accommodations (PBSAs) offer great amenities to the students who live there. These typically include things like in-house gyms, games rooms, lounges and a great social calendar.

Living in private accommodation, you can also choose to live in any part of the city you like, whether you want to live right next to the GCU campus or somewhere else.

You’ll also be able to choose your preferred room type. Whether you want to live with a flatmate in a shared room or have a self-contained studio apartment just for you, you can find a suitable property for your personal needs.

How can I book student rooms near Glasgow Caledonian University?

Use our website’s search filters and mapping feature to compare listed student properties based on things like budget, location and other preferences.

After finding a student property you like, click on ‘View rooms’ to go to the property page. There you’ll need to choose your preferred room types. After choosing the room you like, click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’.

You’ll then be prompted to leave your contact details for one of our consultants to get in touch with you and inform you of the next steps.

What are the different types of student rooms you offer?

We offer three different types of student rooms:

Shared Rooms provide a single bedroom that is shared with at least one other person. Other living spaces such as kitchen and bathroom are shared with your roommate as well as other tenants from other rooms.

Private Rooms provide a provide bedroom, and in some properties also a private bathroom. You’ll share other living spaces with other tenants.

Entire Place provides a fully private studio property where you will get your own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette so you won’t have to share anything with others.

Are bills included in the rent of my flat?

In most of the properties we list in Glasgow, all bills are included in your rent. Different landlords may have different policies though, so check the property page of the property you’re interested in to make sure if this is the case.

Are the flats fully furnished?

This also depends on the property, but most of our listed properties in Glasgow are fully furnished.