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Living in Stirling

A wonderful place to study in the UK

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.

Arts and culture

So much to explore

Be immersed in art and culture Stirling has a number of art galleries, theatres, cinemas and concert venues, including the MacRobert Arts Centre, the Tolbooth (one of the best live music venues in Scotland) and the Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

Festivals and events

There's always something to do

Stirling is home to some iconic festivals and events that cannot be found elsewhere in the UK, including the Highland Games, Festival of Cycling, Fringe Festival, Scottish Paranormal Festival and Festival of Museums.

Explore the outdoors

A great base for exploring Scotland's outdoors

Living in Stirling gives you the chance to take part in a number of outdoor activities. There’s climbing, abseiling and mountain biking, or you can explore Scotland's great outdoors by walking and hiking. Like watersports? The river Forth offers fun aquatic activities including canoeing, kayaking and rafting.

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.

Getting around Stirling

Stirling is a wonderful place to walk around, or you can cycle your way around. 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 within 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.

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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