Self-guided campus tour
Self-guided campus tour
This self-guided tour will take you around the campus, highlighting key buildings and places of interest. Your tour should take approximately one hour, but could be extended if you wish to visit tour points in more detail.
Your tour starts at the Welcome Point, our visitor information centre based in the McIntyre Building (beside the University’s main gate and recognisable by the iconic red phone boxes outside). You’ll find friendly staff on hand to answer questions and give campus information.
The building also houses the Students’ Representative Council with its Advice Centre and bookshop.
With your back to the door pictured, turn left. Straight ahead of you is our main building.
The University’s main building, the Gilbert Scott, rises up in front of you. The curved windows house our concert hall, where musicians perform at weekly lunchtime concerts. Here you can access The Hunterian Museum and the quadrangles.
Walk through one of the archways at either side of the part of the main building pictured. Climb the stairs, or take the lift under the west archway up to level 2. If you wish to visit The Hunterian Museum, you can carry on to level 4.
At the top of the stairs, you will emerge in the beautiful quadrangles. After graduation, students process around the east quadrangle in their gowns, led by a kilted piper and robed academics. Geography is taught here.
The west quadrangle houses the triple-accredited Adam Smith Business School, where Accounting & Finance, Business & Management and Economics are taught.
Walk to the pillared cloisters which separate the two quadrangles.
Our iconic cloisters, situated between the quadrangles, have appeared in many films and TV shows including Outlaw King, Cloud Atlas and Outlander. Directly above the cloisters is the Bute Hall, where graduation ceremonies take place. Students may also have lectures and sit exams there.
From the cloisters, follow the signs which lead you through two sets of doors out to the south front of the University.
From the University flagpole, take in the amazing city views. Straight ahead are Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (pictured) and Kelvin Hall, which holds 1.5m items from our arts and sciences collections.
Left of centre are the Hydro, SEC Centre and Clyde Auditorium, three of the many live music venues in Glasgow. A UNESCO city of music, Glasgow has over 130 live music events a week. To the left is the city centre which you can walk to through Kelvingrove Park.
Turn right and walk to the south-west corner of the main building. Go through the gates into Professors’ Square.
Professors’ Square was originally built as houses for our professors but now subjects such as Theology & Religious Studies and Law are taught here. Lord Kelvin’s house, one of the first in the world to be lit entirely by electricity, is at number 11.
The Lion & Unicorn Staircase dates from 1690 and was moved from our original city centre location to the West End in 1870. Behind the staircase is our Memorial Chapel, where many alumni have been married.
Turn round and walk back out of the gates, then turn right and walk down the hill. Turn right at the Zoology Building, along Science Way.
The Graham Kerr Building on your left is home to Zoology and The Hunterian Zoology Museum. Physics & Astronomy (Kelvin Building) on your right houses our Institute of Gravitational Research. Researchers here were part of an international team that detected gravitational waves, confirming Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Chemistry (Joseph Black Building), which is further along on your left, has world-class labs and facilities.
Continue along to the end, exit on your left through the gate and walk towards the glass-fronted building.
The Wolfson Medical School Building was purpose-built for medical and nursing students. It houses mock wards and surgeries, SIM dolls, labs and a medical research library. Beside it are two modern buildings devoted to medical research.
At the other side of University Place is the temporary home of Mathematics & Statistics.
Cross University Avenue at the traffic lights.
On this side of University Avenue is the University’s newest building, which is pivotal to our £1bn campus development. The flagship James McCune Smith Learning Hub is due to open in 2020 and will be an inspirational and diverse learning space, combining a flexible study environment with technology-enabled teaching.
Our Institute of Health & Wellbeing and Research Hub are two of the next buildings that will be completed.
Turn right and walk up the hill. Turn left along the first road on your left, University Gardens.
University Gardens is home to subjects in the College of Arts. The Queen Margaret Union at the end has cafes, a bar, a games room, study spaces and a nightclub. Next door is Computing Science (Sir Alwyn Williams Building).
Across the plaza is the Boyd Orr Building, home to lecture theatres, seminar rooms and labs, and the Gregory Building, home to Archaeology, Geology and Earth Science.
Walk back to University Avenue along the north side of University Gardens, bear left, then turn left up the hill immediately after the traffic lights.
Rising in front of you is our University Library, which has 12 floors, more than 2.5m books and e-books and extensive online resources. It is open 361 days a year. Next door is The Hunterian Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House.
Opposite is Student Services (in the green and blue Fraser Building), where students can get help with exams, finance, welfare, studying abroad, careers and accommodation. There’s also a GP surgery, bookshop and food court.
Walk back down to University Avenue, carry on left past the pillared Wellington Church, then turn left along Oakfield Avenue.
On Oakfield Avenue sits Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and our sports centre, the Stevenson Building, which recently underwent a £10m refurbishment.
Our sports facilities include a gym, cardio suite, conditioning and strength suite, two squash courts, a 25m swimming pool, sauna, steam room and over 80 exercise classes every week. Membership is free for students staying in University accommodation and there are around 50 sports clubs to join.
Turn right down Gibson Street and right on University Avenue. Stop outside the Glasgow University Union.
Founded in 1885, the Glasgow University Union has no fewer than nine bars, a nightclub, two libraries, a debating chamber, snooker and pool hall, convenience store, cafe and coffee shop.
Across the road is Theatre, Film & TV, in a specially converted church that houses a theatre, film studio and cinema. Performances, public talks and film festivals are held here. If you were to continue down Gibson Street from here you would reach our School of Education.
Walk back up University Avenue, crossing at the first set of traffic lights.
Pearce Lodge, to your left, was moved brick by brick in 1870 from the city centre. Many of the inscriptions in the masonry date from the mid-1600s.
Behind is the James Watt South Building, home to Aeronautical, Aerospace, Biomedical, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Product Design Engineering. Students can design and build F1 cars to race at the international universities’ competition Formula Student.
Walk up University Avenue to the iron gates outside the main building.
This is where your tour ends. The Memorial Gates were presented to the University in 1952 to honour 29 outstanding individuals from our first 500 years.
Behind the gates, in the ground floor of our main building underneath The Hunterian Museum, is the University Gift Shop. It stocks an eclectic mix of gifts, books, stationery and University clothing.
Also on the ground floor of the main building is the One A The Square cafe and restaurant, where you may wish to end your tour with a welcome refreshment.