What can I expect from Stirling’s university campus?

Centred around a large loch (a Scottish term for a lake!), Stirling’s university campus includes the magnificent 18th-century Airthrey Castle and some amazing natural views. This breathtaking 330-acre campus is home to lots of wildlife that you may see when you walk to class in the morning, such as swans, ducks and squirrels.

The INTO Centre is located at the centre of campus, so you will become part of the University community from the day you arrive. All the facilities you need here are only a short walk from each other, so you won’t need to go far to buy your groceries, visit the on-campus doctor or socialise with friends in a cool bar or café.

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What will I find at the Students’ Union on campus?

With the motto "making students' lives better", the University of Stirling Students' Union represents all students at the university to ensure you have the best possible university experience. Student-run facilities and initiatives include:

  • Campaigning – campaigns that make a difference in the student community, such as environmental change
  • 70+ clubs and societies – including anime, gaming, acting, paintballing and international societies
  • Studio – watch live sport, take part in a pub quiz or sing your favourite songs at karaoke with friends
  • Underground – the perfect spot to get your coffee fix while you study, or sit back and relax in a comfortable booth
  • Venue – enjoy a drink from the juice bar in the day or a snack while watching live music in the evening

What sports facilities does Stirling have?

You can play more than 50 sports at Stirling, with clubs covering everything from martial arts and kayaking to archery and underwater hockey. Recognised as the Sports University of the Year (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020), you’ll have free access to the sports centre for the duration of your INTO Stirling course, where you will find:

  • a 50m swimming pool
  • a sports hall for badminton and basketball
  • two squash courts
  • six indoor and two outdoor clay courts for tennis
  • a fitness suite including a gym, weightlifting area and cycle studio
  • artificial pitches for hockey, rugby, soccer and American football
  • a four-lane, all-weather athletics track
  • a nine-hole, par three golf course

Is there a religious community on Stirling’s university campus?

The University is home to students from a diverse mixture of cultures, faiths and backgrounds. Whatever your beliefs, everyone is welcome in the Faith Centre on campus. In this calm social space, you will find:

  • space to pray and meditate with others or by yourself
  • guitars and a piano available to play with your new friends
  • a team of honorary chaplains for emotional and spiritual support

By the INTO Centre, you'll find the university labyrinth – a quiet, peaceful path that runs through the memorial gardens. Following the path allows you to reflect and unwind after a long day of studying.

What food will I find on Stirling’s university campus?

Moving to a different country allows you to experience a whole new world of food, but sometimes you want your favourites from home. There is a wide variety of places to eat on campus, including:

  • Haldane’s Restaurant – themed meals each day, such as Asian Tuesday and mid-week Mexican
  • Pathfoot Eatery – sandwiches, Indian street food and pasta with fresh sauces
  • Refresh Bar and Bistro – cheap lunch deals, including burgers and hand-spun pizzas
  • Umami – Asian curries, noodles, rice dishes and pho, located in the INTO Centre
  • V-Go! At Haldane’s – a 100% vegan space that sells wraps, pastries, salads and soups

You will also find international restaurants to enjoy in the city centre. Find out about your food options in Stirling here.