Students sitting on the grass in Glasgow

Living at Glasgow Caledonian University

Why is Glasgow the place to be?

Glasgow is full of life. Crowds of shoppers fill Buchanan Street. The sound of buskers playing music follows you as you walk through the city. Interesting art and sculptures can be found everywhere. The smell of amazing food from hundreds of restaurants lingers in the air.

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. There's always something to do. Unique events like the ‘Aye, Write!’ book festival happen here. History, architecture, art, music, sport – whatever you're interested in, you'll find it in Glasgow.

People from all over the world live here and each culture has become a part of the city. The community that lives here is open and friendly, and particularly welcoming of students.

Glasgow also has excellent transport links for you to explore the UK. A train to Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital city – takes under an hour. If you want to see the sights of London while you’re here, you can fly there in just over an hour.

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Having fun in Glasgow

You’ll never be bored in Glasgow – there are literally hundreds of pubs, clubs, restaurants and live music venues.

If you love music, make sure you visit King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – named 'Britain’s Best Small Venue' by NME in 2011. If you’re a film fan, there are nine cinemas to choose from. Enjoy stand-up comedy? Head over to The Stand Comedy Club for a fun evening.

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.

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Working while you study

Working part-time is a great way to get to know Glasgow, if your visa allows you to. It also gives you another chance to practice English with native speakers.

The University careers service can help you find work while you study. Not sure how to write a CV or resume? Don’t worry, they will help you put one together. They’ll also give you advice on writing a covering letter to go with it.

Working while studying

Everything you need on campus

You'll find plenty of spaces to relax and take a break from your studies on campus, including a range of cafés where you can sit with friends and chat over a hot drink or snack.

Like sports? The Arc Sports Centre is the place to go. Here, you can play football, badminton and basketball alongside other racket and field sports. Plus, there are more than 30 sports clubs that you could join at the University.

The Faith and Belief Centre brings together students from all faiths. Here, you'll find space for prayer, meetings and social events.

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Bedroom interior of student accommodation at INTO GCU

Modern student accommodation at GCU

A home from home

If you choose to live in Liberty Park, your accommodation is just a 5-minute walk away from the INTO Centre. With the city centre so nearby, you’ll have everything you need on your doorstep.

Worried about living alone? Don't be! Although you'll have your own private bedroom, there are communal spaces in each flat. You can share a cup of tea in the kitchen with your flatmates or take it in turns to cook dinner for one another.

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Inside the Roots Cafe at GCU

Cafes to relax in on campus

There's always something to do in Glasgow