The Wallace Monument in Stirling

Living at University of Stirling

What's great about Stirling?

Stirling blends historic architecture with modern charm. Surrounded by beautiful Scottish countryside, it's one of the most attractive places to live in the UK.

Although smaller than some other UK cities, you'll still experience the best parts of living in the city. You'll have plenty of shops, historic sites and art venues to explore. And plenty of cafes, pubs, restaurants and clubs to go to.

The best thing about Stirling's modest size is the warm, community feel. It's home to 41,000 people, with the student population making up quite a big part of that number. You'll have no trouble making friends here.

It's a peaceful, safe environment with a low cost of living. And with so much natural beauty around, you'll have plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities!

In just a 10-minute bus ride from campus, you'll be in the city centre. From there, you can use the bus or rail network to explore the rest of Scotland and the UK.

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Having fun in Stirling

Students have a big presence in the community and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

Many of the bars, pubs and clubs provide themed nights for students . If you prefer a quieter evening, relax in a traditional pub with an open fire and live music.

Love shopping? You’ll find boutique shops in the Victorian mall. Film fan? Choose from the University’s own cinema on campus or the cinema in the city centre. If you love music, you’ll find regular concerts taking place at Stirling Castle.

If you’re looking for something more active, try challenging your new friends to a game of bowling. You can also burn off some energy on the climbing wall or ice skating rink.

Walking, hiking or cycling are great ways to enjoy the great Scottish countryside. If you’re feeling more daring, you can take part in water sports on the river Forth. Or take advantage of the beautiful mountain areas and try climbing, abseiling and mountain biking.

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Working while you study

If your visa allows it, you can work part-time in Stirling. Having a part-time job is a great way to get to know the city. It also gives you another chance to practice your English.

The University's Job Shop can help you find part-time work. For help with your CV or resume, visit the Career Development Centre. They'll be happy to help.

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Everything you need on campus

You'll find lots of spaces to relax and socialise on campus. The Student's Union building contains three social spaces; Studio, Underground and Venue.

Catch up with friends at the Studio bar over a homemade meal. The bar also runs events like pub quizzes and karaoke every week. Love coffee? You'll find Starbucks coffee in the Underground cafe. Venue is a brand new social space with a juice bar, coffee and snacks.

If you love sports, this is the university for you. As Scotland's official University for Sporting Excellence, you'll find outstanding sport facilities on campus. At the Sports Centre you'll find a gym, swimming pool and indoor courts for tennis and basketball. The campus also has its own golf course.

The Faith Centre on campus provides a friendly social space where all faiths are welcome. You'll find a quiet room for prayer and meditation, a communal piano and a small kitchen with tea and coffee.

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A home from home

Accommodation is just a 5-10 minute walk from the INTO Centre. You'll find everything you need is in walking distance on campus.

Worried about living alone? Don't be. Living in student accommodation means you'll make friends as soon as you arrive. You'll have your own private bedroom, but you'll also have a shared kitchen. You'll be able to make new friends over a cup of tea and share meals together.

You'll find everything you need in the kitchen to cook the foods you love. There's a communal TV lounge, reception area and a games room to socialise in.

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Food from across the globe

You’ll find great foods from all over the world in Stirling. With its growing international community, you’ll easily find Greek, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, French and Mexican foods in the city centre.

On campus, you’ll find Chinese, Italian, British and American foods. Don’t miss the hot shawarma wraps and pittas served every lunchtime at the Market Street café. Why not try some traditional Scottish dishes during your time here too?

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