Students walking along Ashton Lane

West End living

The University’s main campus is nestled within Glasgow’s cosy and cultural West End, which is packed full of cafés, bars, vintage boutiques and cultural attractions.

West End street cafe

There’s plenty of entertainment on offer in the vibrant West End, from the Grosvenor Cinema, which provides big comfy seats for its guests, to Òran Mór, a converted church where you can settle down to enjoy lunchtime theatre known as A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

The West End is overflowing with a range of eateries offering cuisine from around the globe, from Japanese and Indian to Greek and French. A popular choice is the Hanoi Bike Shop, an authentic Vietnamese restaurant hidden in Ruthven Lane. For socialising, the quirky Hillhead Bookclub serves cocktails in gramophones while offering a selection of retro video games, plus you can even challenge your friends to a game of ping-pong.

A must-visit is student-friendly Ashton Lane, a charming cobbled lane full of character which is popular throughout the day and also as a late-night stop, with a great choice of bars and restaurants.

Starry Starry Night

Every June, the West End is home to Glasgow’s largest cultural event, the West End Festival. Over the festival’s three weeks, you can take your pick from 400 events ranging from music and theatre, to walks, talks and community galas. The festival parade is undoubtedly the biggest highlight of the festival, last year seeing 80,000 people turn out to watch the procession with over 300 participants.

West End Festival

Perfect for a welcome study break, the West End offers plenty of green spaces, such as Kelvingrove Park and the Botanic Gardens. Located just a short walk from the main campus, the Botanic Gardens provide a tranquil blend of formal gardens and woodland walks, as well as the beautiful Kibble Palace glasshouse. Kelvingrove Park is a classic Victorian park by the River Kelvin, offering sporting facilities including bowling greens, tennis courts and a skateboard park. Furthermore, the park now boasts the 2,500-capacity Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, which is host to a variety of open air events including live music and dance, theatre and spoken word recitals.

Botanic Gardens

The West End is also home to one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom outside of London, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The museum has 22 themed galleries displaying over 8,000 objects and entry is completely free.