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, car or subway, please scroll down.

Our postal address is

School of Chemistry
Joseph Black Building
University Avenue
G12 8QQ

Photo of the Joseph Black Building after window replacement


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. Take 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. Take 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 subway

Alight at Hillhead subway station. Upon exiting the station, turn left down Byres Road, towards the traffic lights at the intersection with University Avenue. Use the pedestrian crossing to cross straight ahead to the other side of University Avenue (next to Slater Hogg and Howison).

Now turn left and walk up University Avenue until you reach the Medical Building on your right, with cycle racks surrounded by white pillars. If you look through the pillars you will see the corner of the Joseph Black Building, with a carving of Joseph Black's face in the wall.

Walk towards this and go through the two pillars to the left of it - the Joseph Black Building will be on your right. Walk forwards, past the ramped entrance on your right, until you come to a similar entrance with steps up to the door - this is the main entrance.

Once inside you will be directly in front of the Janitor's box, who should be able to direct you to the appropriate member of staff.

Directions to Joseph Black Building from Hillhead subway station

Arriving by car

Please note: Car parking on the campus and in the University area is extremely limited. If you intend to park on campus, please ask a member of the School to arrange a Visitor Parking Permit for you in advance. Alternatively, Park and Ride facilities are available at Bridge Street, Kelvinbridge and Shields Road subway stations.

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 of Chemistry from there.

Arriving by air

The nearest airport is Glasgow International Airport. Taxis are available outside the Terminal building at an estimated cost of £20.