The Wallace Monument in Stirling

Living at University of Stirling

What's great about Stirling?

Stirling blends historic architecture with modern charm. Surrounded by miles of idyllic Scottish countryside, this is a truly beautiful place to live and learn.

Although smaller than some other UK cities, you'll still experience the best parts of living in a city. You'll have plenty of shops, historic sites and art venues to explore and many cafés, pubs, restaurants and clubs to go to.

The best thing about Stirling's modest size is the warm community feel. It's home to 100,000 people – 14,000 of which are students at the University – so you should have no trouble finding friends here.

Stirling has a peaceful, safe environment and a low cost of living. With so much natural beauty around, you'll have plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities!

After a 15-minute bus ride from campus, you'll be in the city centre. From there, you can use the great bus and rail networks to explore the rest of Scotland and the UK.

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Having fun in Stirling

Students have a big presence in the community and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

Many of the bars, pubs and clubs provide themed nights for students . If you prefer a quieter evening, relax in a traditional pub with an open fire and live music.

Love shopping? You’ll find boutique shops in the Victorian mall. Film fan? Choose from the University’s own cinema on campus or the cinema in the city centre. If you love music, you’ll find regular concerts taking place at Stirling Castle.

If you’re looking for something more active, try challenging your new friends to a game of bowling. You can also burn off some energy on the climbing wall or ice skating rink.

Walking, hiking or cycling are great ways to enjoy the great Scottish countryside. If you’re feeling more daring, you can take part in water sports on the river Forth. Or take advantage of the beautiful mountain areas and try climbing, abseiling and mountain biking.

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Working while you study

If your visa allows it, you can work part-time in Stirling. Having a part-time job is a great way to get to know the city. It also gives you another chance to practice your English.

The University's Job Shop can help you find part-time work. For help with your CV or resume, visit the Career Development Centre. They'll be happy to help.

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Everything you need on campus

You'll find lots of spaces to relax and socialise in on campus – the Student's Union building alone contains three social spaces: Studio, Underground and Venue.

Catch up with friends at the Studio bar over a delicious meal. The bar also runs events like pub quizzes and karaoke every week. Love coffee? You'll find Starbucks coffee in the Underground café. Venue is another great social space with a juice bar, coffee and snacks.

If you love sports, this is the university for you. As Scotland's official University for Sporting Excellence, you'll find outstanding sport facilities on campus. At the Sports Centre, you'll find a gym, swimming pool and indoor courts for tennis and basketball. The campus also has its own golf course.

The Faith Centre on campus provides a friendly social space where all faiths are welcome. You'll find a quiet room for prayer and meditation, a communal piano, and a small kitchen with tea and coffee.

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A home from home

Accommodation is just a 5-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride from the INTO Centre, depending on your student residence. You'll find everything you need is in walking distance on campus.

Living in student accommodation means that you're likely to make friends as soon as you arrive. You'll have your own private bedroom, but you'll also have a shared kitchen. You'll be able to make new friends over a cup of tea and share meals together.

If you live in one of our on-campus student residences, there's even a communal TV lounge, reception area and games room to socialise in.

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"Stirling Castle is a special attraction for me. When you reach the top, you have a wonderful view of the city of Stirling, and the greenery and mountains show the beauty of the surrounding area." Uzair from Pakistan