Walking is good for you and the environment: it keeps you fit and does not contribute to pollution.

Benefits of walking, as well as being one of the easiest ways of becoming active, are:

  • it requires no special equipment
  • it presents few risks of injury
  • it can be enjoyed by almost anyone
  • it is free

Walking regularly:

  • reduces by half the risk of developing heart disease, type II diabetes and some cancers
  • helps weight management
  • relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • promotes confidence and self-esteem
  • improves sleep
  • helps maintain healthy bones and can reduce the symptoms of arthritis and osteoarthritis

Umbrella Pool

Glasgow’s weather can be tricky to navigate, so the University has a Umbrella Pool to help protect everyone from Glasgow’s every changing weather. 
How it works.
There are several umbrellas at the Main Gate at Gilmorehill Campus and at the main Reception at Garscube Campus (entrance Switchback Road).
Any member of staff or student can borrow these as long as stocks last, 24 hours a day. The use of the umbrealls not only helps you get home and keep dry when surprised by the rain, but also to go to meetings or to do the shopping in your lunch break on a rainy day.
All umbrellas bare the University Crest. Of course you can buy your own in the University of Glasgow shop.
What you have to do if you want to borrow an umbrella:
1. Phone the Maine Gate House/ Main Reception for availability, or just go there and ask.
2. Pick up your umbrella.
3. Central Services will ask you for your name, contact telephone number and staff/matriculation card. They will also ask for the time you expect to be able to return the umbrella. In case you fail to return the umbrella, someone will call you and ask for it.
4. Keep dry.
5. Return the umbrella as soon as possible (preferably the next working day).
Note: Donations of unwanted/found umbrellas are greatly appreciated!

Showers on Campus

Showers are also available for both staff and student use on both campuses.
For Gilmorehill, click here.
For Garscube, click here.