Study abroad in Glasgow

A friendly, exciting city

Want to study in the heart of a major Scottish city? You’ll find Glasgow to be friendly, exciting and full of beautiful architecture. With two universities, it has a vibrant student community. There’s always something new to try in a city packed with museums, shops, art, music and culture.

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What makes Glasgow unique?

  • A modern city surrounded by beautiful Scottish scenery.
  • Stunning contemporary architecture with historical museums and attractions.
  • A hub of culture and activity, filled with art, music and sports venues.
  • A vibrant nightlife with hundreds of bars, clubs and restaurants to explore.
  • The University is just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. 
  • Explore the rest of the UK via Glasgow Airport - just 20 minutes from the GCU campus.

Cost of living

After a few weeks of living in Glasgow, you’ll begin to have a better understanding of what things cost. This is the ideal time to look at your finances and set your budget so you can keep track of your money.

The below figures are an estimated monthly budget for the main expenses you’ll have, excluding tuition and accommodation fees. The actual amounts you spend may vary but this is a useful guide.

  • Food – £200
  • Entertainment and social activities – £100
  • Travel (local) – £33
  • Clothes and toiletries – £60
  • Other expenses e.g. haircut – £40

Food in Glasgow

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.

In the heart of the city you’ll find Sauchiehall Street. This is the best place to go to celebrate international foods on any budget. You’ll find a choice of Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and British restaurants there.

Local specialties include haggis (a traditional Scottish meat dish) with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes). And, every month you’ll find a food market in Mansfield park, where you can enjoy snacks and traditional Scottish music.

Need Sichuan peppercorns for your favourite tofu recipe? Just five minutes from campus, you’ll find an Asian Supermarket. If you’re missing your mum’s perfect goat curry, head to the African-Caribbean café on Osborne Street. 

You’ll find food from across the globe in Glasgow's cafes, restaurants and food shops. For students with special diets, you can also find halal meat, kosher, vegetarian and vegan foods in the city centre. And, best of all, there are plenty of budget options with meals for under £5.

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Shopping in Glasgow

You'll find everything you need in the shops in Glasgow. Its main high street, Buchanan Street, has over 40 shops and three shopping malls. 

For something a little more fancy, head to Merchant City. Here you'll find high-end boutiques, bars and restaurants and the Italian Centre. 

Sauchiehall Street is the most famous road in Glasgow, filled with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. And for something a little more quirky, you'll find independent bookshops, antiques and vintage clothing shops in the West End.

There are also two markets in the city. You'll find the Glasgow Farmer's Market in South Side and West End. And on the weekends,  check out The Barras; an open-air market in the East End.

Travel in and around Glasgow

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.

Buses and trains run frequently and there are discounted tickets available for students. A student bus pass costs £330 and gives you unlimited travel around Glasgow every day of the academic year. 

The Glasgow subway is a quick and easy way to get around the city. It travels in one big circuit around the City Centre and West End of Glasgow. It has 15 stations and runs every five minutes at peak times.

Glasgow is a great base for exploring the rest of the UK too. The nearest airport is located just a 20 minute drive from the city centre - making it easy to catch a short flight to destinations all over the UK and beyond.

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Festivals and events in Glasgow

Throughout the year, Glasgow hosts a number of festivals and special events, including:

  • Celtic Connections - an annual festival celebrating traditional and modern Celtic music
  • The Glasgow Film Festival
  • Glasgow International Comedy Festival
  • Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival
  • West End Festival - a local event that takes place around Byres Road
  • Glasgow Mela - an international festival of food, music and dance

Nightlife in Glasgow

Fancy a night out with your new friends? There are literally hundreds of pubs, clubs, restaurants and live music venues to choose from. Favourites include Oran Mor, The Art School and Bloc

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.

Employability in Glasgow

Glasgow is home to many top companies. Many of the UK's largest employers have offices here, including Lloyds Bank, Albion Motors, Scottish Power, Royal Bank of Scotland and British Polar Engines.