The city of Glasgow
With a wealth of cultural attractions, impressive architecture, fantastic shopping and a year-round programme of world-class events, it is easy to understand why Glasgow is firmly established as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. As the UK’s fourth-largest city and one of the world’s top student destinations, Glasgow has loads to offer you.
A 2019 TimeOut survey places Glasgow in the top ten cities in the world. Ranked between Berlin and Paris, Glasgow was voted number one for both friendliness and affordability. Our local district of Kelvinbridge is also listed as one of the top 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world.
It’s easy to travel around Glasgow, whether you choose to walk, take the bus or use the subway. Our subway system is the third oldest in the world and is known locally as ‘the Clockwork Orange’. It connects our main campus in the West End to the city centre in under 10 minutes.
It’s no surprise that Glasgow is consistently voted the top place to shop in the UK outside London. The city’s huge retail centre has a ‘style mile’ containing big-name shops like Forever 21 and the Apple Store, as well as designer outlets and quirky vintage boutiques.
Following our successful hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, our sports facilities have never been better. From the Chris Hoy Velodrome and national football stadium Hampden Park, to an indoor snowboard and ski slope (with real snow) and ice arena, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you are looking for somewhere to relax and escape the city buzz, Glasgow has plenty of options. In fact, the city has more green space per head of population than any other European city, with over 90 parks and public gardens. Plenty of options to take your study materials or a good book outside!
For culture vultures, the city is home to more than 20 world-class museums and art galleries; and is proud to have Europe’s largest civic arts collection with works by Dali, Van Gogh, Degas and Monet all available to view free-of-charge in venues around the city.
The city’s fantastic range of restaurants and cafés reflects its diverse population. Whether you’re after an amazing Asian kitchen that’s open until 2.30am, a scoop of the creamiest Italian ice cream, or a plate of haggis, neeps and tatties – Scotland’s national dish – Glasgow won’t disappoint. Many eateries offer student discounts too.
As the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is host to around 130 music events every week. From catching global superstars at the 12,000 capacity SSE Hydro, to local indie bands at legendary King Tut’s, Glasgow caters for all music tastes.
Glasgow’s nightlife is unrivalled, with the city boasting more than 700 bars, pubs and nightclubs and seven cinemas, including the tallest in the world. There’s also an impressive mix of theatres, comedy clubs and even themed cabaret clubs.