INTO GCU students in front of street art in Glasgow

Living at Glasgow Caledonian University


Why is Glasgow the place to be?

Glasgow is full of life. Crowds of shoppers fill Buchanan Street. Buskers play music in the streets. Interesting art and sculptures can be found everywhere. The smells of amazing food from over 1,000 restaurants linger in the air.

Although it’s Scotland’s largest city, it’s easy to get around on foot. Everything you need is in easy reach of the University campus. There is always something to do. Unique events and festivals like the ‘Aye, Write!’ book festival happen here. History, architecture, art, music, sport - whatever you're interested in, you'll find it in Glasgow.

People from all over the world live in Glasgow and each culture has become a part of the city. The community that lives here is open and friendly, and particularly welcoming of students.

Glasgow has excellent transport links for you to explore the UK. A train to Edinburgh - Scotland’s capital city – takes an hour. And, if you want to see the sights of London while you’re here, you can fly there in just over an hour.

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Having fun in Glasgow

You’ll never be bored in Glasgow. There are literally hundreds of pubs, clubs, restaurants and live music venues.

If you love music, visit King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – NME called it ‘quite possibly the finest small venue in the world’. If you’re a film fan, there are  six cinemas to choose from. Enjoy stand-up comedy? Head over to the Stand Comedy Club for some relaxed fun.

If want to do something more active, there’s always indoor go karting. Or, challenge your friends to a game of bowling or laser tag. We’ll organise some fun activities for you too, so we can explore Glasgow together.

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Working while you study

Working part-time is a great way to get to know Glasgow, if your visa allows you to. It also gives you another chance to practice English with native speakers.

The University careers service can help you find work while you study. Not sure how to write a CV or resume? Don’t worry, they will help you put one together. They’ll also give you advice on writing a covering letter to go with it.

Working while studying

Everything you need on campus

On campus, you'll find plenty of spaces to relax and take a break from your studies. There are two cafes on campus, where you can sit with friends and chat over a hot drink or snack.

Like sports? The Arc Sports Centre is the place to go. Here you can play football, badminton and basketball alongside other racket and field sports. And, there are over 35 sports clubs to join at the University.

The Faith and Belief Centre brings together students from all faiths. Here you'll find space for prayer, meetings and social events.

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Bedroom interior of student accommodation at INTO GCU

Modern student accommodation at GCU

A home from home

Your accommodation is a five minute walk away from the INTO Centre. With the city centre close by, you’ll have everything you need on your doorstep.

Worried about living alone? Don't be. Although you'll have your own private bedroom, there are communal spaces in each flat. You can share a cup of tea in the kitchen with your roommates, or take it in turns to cook for each other.

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Inside the Roots Cafe at GCU

Cafes to relax in on campus

Food from across the globe

Few things are more comforting than your favourite meal from home. And, because Glasgow has such a cosmopolitan community, you'll find great foods from all over the world here.

On campus, you’ll find two main restaurants. As with a lot of places in the UK, they serve traditional British foods as well as Italian and American meals. You'll also find Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Mexican foods on offer. And, if you get there before 11am, you can try a hearty Scottish breakfast.

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