Study abroad in Stirling

Rich in beauty, history and community

Recognised as the historic capital of Scotland, Stirling is a wonderful place to study in the UK. It’s rich with culture and surrounded by beautiful, dramatic countryside. The city centre is less than two miles from the University of Stirling campus – just a 15-minute bus journey away. 

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 15 minutes by bus.
  • Explore the rest of Scotland from Stirling – it takes 40 minutes to get to Glasgow and an hour to Edinburgh by train.
  • Stirling has a long and incredible history which has been preserved in its streets, castles and buildings.

Managing your money

After a few weeks of living in Stirling, you’ll begin to have a better understanding of what things cost. 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. The actual amounts you spend may vary but this is a useful guide.

Item Cost per month
Food £150
Entertainment/social activities £120
Travel (local) £35
Clothes and toiletries £60
Other expenses £40

Food in Stirling

Scotland is famous for its excellent food, and Stirling showcases some of the best local produce that it 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. There are also shops that sell food from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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

Need special ingredients to make your favourite Asian meals? 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 Regent on Upper Craigs.

Don’t miss the monthly Stirling Farmers' Market. Here, you can buy local produce including fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and snacks.

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Travel in and around Stirling

Stirling is a wonderful place to walk around because of its beautiful scenery and architecture. Prefer cycling? Bicycle sharing scheme, nextbike, offers a free annual membership for University of Stirling 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. You can explore the rest of the UK and Europe via Edinburgh Airport (35 minutes away by taxi) or Glasgow Airport (45 minutes away by taxi).

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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.