Students playing pool at INTO GCU

Campus life at INTO GCU

Everything you need on campus

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is minutes away from the city centre, but you'll still find all the essentials on campus. If you're looking for fun, head to the Student's Association building. Here you can play a game of pool and have lunch with your new friends in the Bistro. Or, sign up one of the University's clubs and societies.

For moments where you want calm reflection or prayer, the Faith and Belief Centre is the place to be. When you're looking for a place to relax with friends, you can choose from three coffee shops on campus. Want to burn off some extra calories? The Arc Sports Centre is just a few minutes' walk from the main University buildings.

The University is committed to providing an inclusive student experience for all students. If you have a disability, the Disability Team on campus are there to support you. Visit them on campus if you need help with anything.

Global faith support

With students from over 100 countries, you'll find faith communities on campus no matter what your beliefs. Volunteer chaplains are there to support your spiritual wellbeing and provide guidance and support through your studies.

The Faith and Belief Centre in the William Harley Building runs events throughout the year. You can use the space for one-off meetings, meet friends or enjoy a calm moment of meditation or prayer. You'll also find a kitchen, a projector, a sound system and a piano to use.

Sport for everyone

What's your favourite sport? At GCU, you'll be able to take your pick of 35 sports clubs and societies, ranging from boxing and fencing to martial arts and mountaineering. Glasgow's great location means you'll also be able to enjoy snow sports in the winter.

Just a few minutes' walk away from campus, you'll find the Arc Sports Centre. The Centre caters for all fitness levels and interests. There are two gyms you can use here, with cardio and weights equipment. You'll also find sports halls to hire for playing badminton and basketball, as well as a dance studio.

Orientation programme

Orientation programme

The orientation programme in your first week is a great way to gather all the information you need as well as helping you settle in to your new surroundings. You will find out more about:

  • Visas and collecting your biometric residency permit
  • Registering with the police
  • Opening a bank account
  • Registering with a doctor and dentist

You can also take part in a range of social activities with the INTO social programme, such as:

  • Chinese New Year celebrations
  • International lunches, Halloween parties and movie nights
  • Sports activities like basketball and football
  • Excursions to places of interest including Edinburgh, Lochgoilhead Outdoor Activity Centre, Loch Lomond and Millport.
Students' Union

Students' Union

You'll automatically become part of GCU's Students' Union. In the Students' Association building you will find all kinds of facilities run by students, for students, including:

  • Student Bistro – serving a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Advice Centre – free and confidential advice
  • Radio Caley Studio – the student-run radio station
  • 24-hour study space and computer lab
"You can never be bored in Glasgow as there are so many things to do. Every Saturday I go to horseriding and archery classes." Hdeel from Saudi Arabia

An international menu

Food is a big part of everyone's cultures. At INTO, we understand that when you move to the UK, you might find the food here a little different to what you're used to. That's OK, we'll help you adjust and find local equivalents and alternatives to what you have at home. And, you're sure to find new favourites here as well!

Missing your favourite pork shoyu ramen? Don't worry, if the food you love isn't available on campus, the INTO team will help you find it locally.

Where can I eat on campus?

There are two main places to eat on campus - the Heart of Campus food outlet and the Student Bistro.

The Heart of Campus has a live kitchen area so you can watch your food being made. It serves global street food, which changes regularly, alongside traditional British dishes. You'll also find a soup bar, fruit bar, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes on offer. It's open from 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

Have a special diet? No problem, you'll find vegetarian and Halal options on offer at the Heart of the Campus cafe

In the Student's Association Building, you'll find the Student Bistro. It's a relaxed and sociable place to eat with your new friends, with pool tables and a bar. You can also enjoy a classic full English breakfast, as well as sandwiches, baked potatoes, burgers and pasta. Don't miss the Bistro's themed nights celebrating food from across the globe!

Enjoy coffee with friends

There are three coffee shops on campus to relax in - the Govan Mbeki cafe, the Saltire Cafe and Cafe Roots, which specialises in organic food and serves Fairtrade coffee.

The Learning Cafe is located on the ground floor of the CPDC building. Here you'll find flat screen computer terminals on group study tables, so it's a great place to work on projects with your classmates. Or, just chat over ideas with a hot drink and a sandwich.

You'll find hot and cold drinks in the cafes on campus, alongside fresh sandwiches, baked potatoes and pasta dishes. Don't eat meat? Don't worry, you'll always find vegetarian options available.

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