Students of Glasgow University are surrounded by magnificant buildings within a few miles of the city centre.


Glasgow, Scotland

Population: 598,830

University students: 78,950 (13.2%)


Glasgow, Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, West of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art

University of Glasgow's Chapel

A big city with a big student population

Glasgow is the equal second biggest university student city in the UK, equal with Birmingham. It present a rejuvenated city facade.Modern architecture: Glasgow Cycling AuditoriumGlasgow is Scotland's biggest city and the UK's fourth largest. It vies with Birmingham for second spot in terms of university students in a single UK city, with both cities having around 79,000 students.

Glasgow is a popular choice for university studies among Scots in particular. Foreigners studying in Scotland are more concentrated in Edinburgh, which has fewer students but significantly more from outside the UK.

The city has put much of its industrial past behind it and has invested to rejuvenate cityscapes and encourage the growth of service industries, including higher education. Despite a long history, it presents as a diverse, largely contemporary city.

1. Geography and climate

Glasgow is located on the banks of the River Clyde in West Central Scotland. The area around Glasgow has hosted communities for millennia, with the River Clyde providing a natural location for fishing. The city's current population of just under 600,000 understates the size of the urban region, with an estimated 2.1 million people living within commuting distance of central Glasgow.

Owing to its westerly position and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Glasgow is one of Scotland's milder areas and has relatively narrow temperature extremes. The average daily maximum is 12.9°C (55.2°F) and minimum is 6.2°C (43.2°F).

2. Accommodation

Students can find trendy bars and clubs in Glasgow's West End near the University of Glasgow.Student accommodation in Glasgow is concentrated in busy parts of the city such as the West End.Student accommodation can be expensive because the universities' teaching facilities are mostly in central or central-west parts of the city. Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University are both in the city centre. The University of Glasgow is 3 miles away in the West End.

The universities provide cheap options for first-year students however. Self-catered flats are the most common form of university-provided accommodation but traditional residential halls also operate.

The University of Glasgow has around 3,500 residential spaces available for its students, with around a quarter designated for postgraduate students. A typical shared arrangement costs around £4,100 for the academic year.

The University of Strathclyde has Campus Village, which consists of flats of various sizes. Each student has a single room and shares bathrooms and kitchen/living/dining areas with flatmates. The university has 2,000 rooms close to the main university buildings, the Students' Union, libraries, sports facilities and the city centre. Rent averages around £3,540 for a standard room on a 39-week contract.

3. Transport

Glasgow has a large urban transport system. It features the most extensive urban rail network in the UK outside of London, with rail services travelling to a large part of the West of Scotland. The Glasgow Subway is the United Kingdom's only completely underground metro system.

Commuters also make use of bus services that have good coverage. Cycling and driving are relatively unattractive options in the city, however, due to hills and heavy traffic.

Glasgow has two international airports and a seaplane terminal. Glasgow International Airport 8 is miles to the west of the city centre.

4. Attractions and festivals

Glasgow has a strong music scene, producing a lot of local talent as well as attracting big name music acts such as Diddy.Diddy performs at a Glasgow gigGlasgow is a lively city that offers plenty of entertainment throughout the year. With respect to classical arts, Glasgow is home to Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The city boasts a variety of theatres and performing and visual arts venues.

Glasgow also has a festival schedule that fills the calendar. Festivals include the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Celtic Connections, Glasgow Fair, Glasgow Film Festival, West End Festival, Merchant City Festival, Glasgay, and the World Pipe Band Championships.

The city is also renowned for its music culture. Musical talent is showcased in numerous pubs, clubs and dedicated live-music venues.

5. Recreation and sport

For lovers of nature and the outdoors, the Trossachs (a wooded valley) and Loch Lomond (a large feshwater lake) are within easy reach of Glasgow. Rail and ferry links also give access to nearby islands such as Arran and Bute.

Two famous football clubs, Rangers and Celtic, are based in Glasgow. In addition to football, students can watch or participate in rugby, sailing and skiing on the city's two dry ski slopes.

6. Universities

Glasgow has four universities as well as some higher-education students in the Glasgow School of Art. For students, it seems that bigger is better. The course satisfaction ratings for the institutions follow the order of total student numbers. Ratings range from 4.0 / 5.0 for the University of Glasgow down to 0.5 / 5.0 for the Art School.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is comfortably the city's biggest university, with more than 26,000 students. It has two campuses in Glasgow: Gilmorehill, which is the main campus, in the West End and Garscube four miles from the city centre. A third campus in Dumfries (90 miles south) houses the University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The university was founded in 1451, making it the fourth-oldest in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. There are currently four Colleges within the University of Glasgow, each containing a number of Schools. They are the Colleges of Arts; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences; Science and Engineering; and Social Sciences.

In addition to being highly rated by students, the university has an international reputation for quality academic research.

It is somewhat more expensive to study at the University of Glasgow compared to the other universities in the city. For undergraduate international students, annual tuition starts at £13,000.

University of Strathclyde

Glasgow's city centre contains the University of Strathglyde and one of its new buildings, the Technology and Innovation Centre.Technology and Innovation Centre, University of StrathclydeThe University of Strathclyde was founded in 1796 and received its Royal Charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university. It takes an approach of innovative, flexible learning that is concentrated on practical subjects.

The University is a leading international technological university and has strong links with industry and business. The university has 19,870 students and is organised into four faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering; Science; and the Strathclyde Business School.

The University of Strathclyde has an above-average course satisfaction rating of 2.7 / 5.0. Tuition fees for international students have a base rate of £10,500.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University was formally instituted in 1993 but has a history traceable to 1875.

Most of the university's 16,120 students are located at a purpose-built campus in Glasgow’s city centre. The university also opened a graduate campus in London in 2010 and has affiliate campuses in China and Oman.

Glasgow Caledonian University is divided into The School of Engineering and Built Environment, The Glasgow School for Business and Society,  and The School of Health and Life Sciences.

The university has a course satisfaction rating of 1.8 / 5.0 and sets tuition fees for international students at a base level of £10,200.

University of the West of Scotland

The University of the West of Scotland was named as such in 2007 when the University of Paisley merged with Bell College. The university has four campuses, two of which are in the greater Glasgow area. It has 14,845 students and a course satisfaction rating of 1.7 / 5.0.

Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art is Scotland's only independent art school offering university level programmes and research in architecture, fine art and design. It has 1,720 higher-education students.

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