Welcome to the University of Glasgow! We wish you a successful and happy stay and we hope the information below will help you prepare and make the most of your time in Glasgow >> Further support
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Unique access to two Student Unions
The University is unique in having two student unions: Glasgow University Union and the Queen Margaret Union
Accommodation admissions policy for Erasmus students
The University's policy on allocating places in student accommodation favours those students who are studying for a full University of Glasgow degree. Students coming on Erasmus mobility for Semester 1 or 2 only may be offered university accommodation, depending on availability.
Demand for University accommodation for Semester 1 only is always high and therefore may not be available. It is therefore recommended that students look for private accommodation as well as applying for University Accommodation >> See the accommodaton admissions policy for Erasmus students.
Accommodation admissions policy for International Students
Accommodation for International students is always guaranteed. The University of Glasgow offers a range of different accommodation options for International students coming to Glasgow.
University of Glasgow accommodation:
You may apply for University Accommodation 72 hours after being accepted. You cannot apply for University Accommodation until you have been accepted.
Students who have any specific living support requirements due to disability should please make this known to our Accommodation Team when submitting their application.
Resources and information for private accommodation options can be found at the following webpages:
Please note that the majority of private accommodation leases in Glasgow are for a minimum of 6 months; students attending Glasgow for one semester only may have to be prepared to lease a flat for this duration.
All students are responsible for paying for their own accommodation during their period of study.
- Students living in University accommodation will be exempt from Council Tax.
- Students living in private accommodation may be asked to pay or contribute towards Council Tax depending upon your individual tenancy contract.
- Students in private accommodation who have a Home/EU residency status on MyCampus and who are here for 24 weeks or more are normally eligible to apply for exemption from Council Tax.
- Students in private accommodation who have an International residency status on MyCampus and who are here for less than 24 weeks will normally not be eligible to apply for exemption.
>> more Council Tax information.
All incoming students who are here for the full year, or for one standard academic semester are eligible to apply for exemption from Council Tax.
However, students living in private accommodation who are here for a non-standard duration, or as an Erasmus+ Trainee may be asked to pay or contribute towards Council Tax.
Please see information at:
- Student support: Council Tax
- Residential services: Council Tax information for students
Living in the UK (Banking, work, health service etc)
Our International Student Support, pages contain up-to-date information on all aspects of living in the UK including money; work; wellbeing and driving. While individual situations are, of course, different, there is also a good approximate idea of the cost of living in Glasgow.
It is possible to open a bank account, the bank will ask you for a letter proving you are a student of the University of Glasgow, the request for the bank letter can be completed online. For details on how to do this please visit the International Student Support's page. Here you will find further information, including a comparison chart of area banks and other information.
However, if you are staying in Glasgow less than six months it is unlikely you will be able to open a bank account here. We advise you to bring a credit card.
International Student Support team
The International Student Support team offers support and advice to international students on wide range of day-to-day matters, from banking to immigration.
Orientation and Freshers' week
The Orientation Programme is open to all new undergraduate and postgraduate students from outside the United Kingdom in January and September >>> www.gla.ac.uk/international/support
In addition to the orientation events students can also participate in Freshers’ week which runs the week before teaching begins. Freshers’ week provides a bright and vibrant variety of events to help launch students into life at the University of Glasgow.
Language and academic support
Adapting to a new University may be challenging so the Student Learning Service (SLS) provide advice on academic skills to help you with the transition. They offer practical advice to enhance your learning experience and to help you achieve full academic potential during your time abroad.
Sport and Recreation
As a student of the University of Glasgow you are entitled to full access membership of Sport. The Sports and recreation services offer a variety of activities, from team sport to yoga classes, so you are bound to find something for you.
The University has over 120+ clubs and societies. Join like-minded people, discover something new or create your own club. Campus life is not just about studying!
Student unions represent students of the University of Glasgow. The University is unique in having two student unions:
Both host a wide variety of events every week from pub quizzes to gigs and have coffee shops, canteen, bars etc. Becoming a member of one of the University unions can also be a great way to discover what you're good at, pursue your passions, and boost your employability.
You may indicate the nature of your disability while filling your application form, but we would recommend that you discuss your needs (this could include access, examination and study arrangements) before you apply to ensure that appropriate support can be arranged for you.
You may also contact the University Disability Service. All information disclosed to them about your disability or medical condition will be treated as "sensitive personal data" as defined by the Data Protection Act (1998), and will not be passed on to a third party without your explicit signed consent.
Qualified counsellors are available to discuss your concerns. Make an appointment or simply drop-in. Appointments are free and confidential >> Counselling Service.