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Living in Stirling

Rich in beauty, history and community

Known as the heritage capital of Scotland, Stirling is a wonderful place to study in the UK. It’s rich with history and culture, and surrounded by beautiful, dramatic countryside. The city centre is less than two miles from the Stirling University campus – just 10 minutes by bus. 

It’s big enough to offer everything you’d expect from a modern city, while also offering an intimate, community feel. Stirling is one of the few cities in the UK where you’ll find wonderfully preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture. Simply walking through the streets will surround you with a feeling of history.

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What makes Stirling unique?

  • Stirling is big enough to offer everything a modern city does, but with a more intimate, community feel.
  • The city centre is less than two miles from the University campus - just 10 minutes by bus.
  • Explore the rest of Scotland from Stirling - Edinburgh and Glasgow are 50 minutes away by train.
  • Stirling has a long and incredible history which has been preserved in its streets, castles and buildings.

Managing your money

The typical costs of everyday living items might be different from what you’re used to in your home country.

The table below gives an estimated monthly budget (excluding tuition and accommodation fees), although the actual amounts you spend may be more or less depending on your needs.

Item Cost per month
Food £160
Entertainment/social activities £120
Travel (local) £30
Clothes and toiletries £60
Other expenses (eg haircut) £40

Food in Stirling

Scotland is famous for its excellent food, and Stirling showcases some of the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Why not try traditional Scottish foods such as Highland beef, shortbread, cranachan, bridie pies and clootie dumplings?

If you’re looking for something more familiar, Stirling offers a range of foods from around the world. There are also plenty of options for special diets including halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

You can choose from a number of Scottish, British, French, Italian, Indian or Chinese meals in the city centre. And there are also supermarkets selling foods from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

If you’d like to try the British classic ‘fish and chips’, head to the Allanwater Café on Henderson Street. Other local favourites can be found in the Crossed Peels pub. They serve traditional Scottish dishes including haggis, cranachan and smoked salmon.

Need Kaffir lime leaves for your mum’s Thai green curry recipe? The Sun Wah Mini Mart on Barnton Street is the best place to go for Asian spices and fresh food. You’ll also find authentic Chinese food at the Imperial on King’s Street and the Regent on Upper Craigs.

Don’t miss the Stirling Farmer’s Market on the first Saturday of each month. Here you can buy local produce including fresh meat, fruit or vegetables and snacks.

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.

Living on campus at The University of Stirling

Travel in and around Stirling

Stirling is a wonderful place to walk around because of its beautiful scenery and architecture. Prefer cycling? Nextbike bike rental offer a free subscription for University students. Buses also run frequently between the University campus and the city centre, with discounted fares for students.

If you need to travel a little further, transport in Stirling is easy and affordable. The city has excellent connections to the rest of the country by train or bus. And you can explore the rest of the UK and Europe via Edinburgh airport or Glasgow airport, both just an hour away.

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Stirling's main attractions

Stirling is one of the few cities in the UK where you will find wonderfully preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture - walking through its streets provides a feeling of immersion in history. Amongst these historical treasures, you will find:

Festivals and events

Stirling is home to some iconic festivals and events that cannot be found elsewhere in the UK, including:

Employability in Stirling

Stirling has a number of major employers in the city that span a range of industries. Top companies include Prudential, Capita, United Auctions, Forth Electrical Services, Superglass, Falcon Food Services, Civil Aviation Authority and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

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