Find the School of Chemistry
The School of Chemistry is based in the Joseph Black Building, on the main Gilmorehill Campus of the University of Glasgow, in the west end of Glasgow. We are labelled building B4 on the main Campus Maps. For detailed instructions for arriving by air, train or car, please scroll down.
Our postal address is
School of Chemistry
Joseph Black Building
Arriving by Air
The nearest airport is Glasgow International Airport. Taxis are available outside the Terminal building at an estimated cost of £20, or alternatively there are regular bus shuttle services to Paisley Gilmour Street station, where trains to Glasgow Central Station run approximately every 15 minutes, with a journey time of around 15 minutes.
From Glasgow Prestwick Airport, get the train from Prestwick International Airport Station to Glasgow Central Station, and follow the instructions below.
Arriving by Train
- into Glasgow Queen Street Station (from Edinburgh and the North)
Use the exit at the side of the station (on your right hand side as you depart the train) signposted 'Dunlop Street'.
From here you have two choices.
1. Take a taxi to the School: the taxi rank will be straight ahead of you upon departing the station.
2. Use the Subway, an entrance to which is situated to the right as you exit the station (see the directions below for more information).
- into Glasgow Central Station (from Airport rail links and the South)
Exit the station via the main exit (signposted 'Gordon Street Exit'), this should be directly in front as you leave the train.
From here you have two choices:
1. Take a taxi: the taxi rank is straight across the road on the left as you exit the station.
2. The Subway: Walk right, along Gordon Street, until you reach Buchanan Street. Turn left up Buchanan Street for two blocks, and enter Buchanan Street Subway station (see below for directions on where to alight the Underground and find the School).
Arriving by Car
Please note: Car parking on the campus and in the University area is extremely limited.
M8 exits for the University are Junction 19 if travelling from the East or South. You are now at Charing Cross, keep to the left hand lane while exiting.
Upon reaching the end of the junction, there will be an island in the middle with a road through it. This is the road you wish to take.
Cross the two lanes of traffic and proceed through the said road.
At the other side of the island you will have to give way again to oncoming traffic.
From this junction you again wish to be in the lane furthest from you. This will lead to a set of traffic lights taking you onto Woodlands Road. Proceed along Woodlands Road to the end, where you will meet a roundabout. Take the second exit.
Follow this road until you reach a set of traffic lights with a filter lane, follow the filter lane round to the left onto University Avenue.
Follow the University Avenue to the summit of the hill, where you will reach the Main Gate of the University. Enter the Main Gate and Security will be able to direct you to the School Chemistry from there.
Arriving by Subway or on Foot
Alight at Hillhead Subway station. Upon exiting the station turn left down Byres Road, towards the traffic lights at the intersection with University Avenue.
Now turn left up University Avenue. You should be able to see the Boyd Orr Building (a tall concrete tower) on your left hand side, and the Medical Building (shiny curved glass frontage) on your right.
Upon reaching a pedestrian crossing, cross over the road and go around the rose bed in front of you. Turn left: you should now be facing the Botany Gate. Go in this gate, and follow the road round until you come to the first road on your right hand side. Turn down this road and proceed until you come to the first path on your left hand side. Take this path to the door of the School of Chemistry.
Once inside you will be directly in front of the Janitors box, who should be able to direct you to the appropriate member of staff.