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Life on campus at the University of Stirling

Everything you need on campus

The city of Stirling is just a bus ride away from campus, but for the times when you don't want to head into town, you'll find everything you need close by.

For fun, head to the Union. Catch up with friends over a coffee in the Underground café, or enjoy some homemade food and a karaoke session at the Studio bar.

The University is committed to offering a service that is supportive of the needs of all its students. If you have a disability or specific learning difficult, you can visit the University's Disability Service for support.


Being social at Stirling

The INTO social programme will help you make the most of your UK student experience.

  • International Night, celebrating all cultures.
  • Ceilidh dances, movie nights, treasure hunts, sports days and games afternoons.
  • Trips to football matches and cities including Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Excursions to places such as Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Castle.

The University also has over 70 clubs and societies on offer, from Chess to Skateboarding, Live Music to Photography, and much more.

There's even an International Society which arranges fun events, trips and socials and gives students from all around the world a chance to meet!

Global faith support

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.

The Faith Centre is a calm social place for you to meet new friends from across the globe. You can chat over a tea or coffee and biscuits, pray or meditate, or just relax between classes. Love music? You'll also find guitars and a piano available to play.

The team of honorary chaplains are there to support you. If you'd like emotional, spiritual or practical guidance, or just to talk to someone, you can visit the chaplains.

By the INTO Centre, you'll find the University labyrinth. The labyrinth is a peaceful, quiet path through the memorial gardens. Following the path allows you to unwind and meditate after a long day of studying.

Sport for everyone

You can play over 50 different sports at Stirling. With clubs and societies covering everything from martial arts and kayaking to archery and underwater hockey, you're sure to find something to enjoy.

The University was ranked 1st for sports facilities (International Student Barometer, 2012). You'll have access to a sports centre with gymnasium and swimming pool, athletics track and sports pitches.

Try one of the drop-in fitness and dance classes, it's a great way to make friends and exercise! Or you can hire one of the sports halls to play basketball with your friends, as well as squash and tennis courts.

Love exercising outdoors? Don't miss the opportunity to play golf on the University's own private golf course.

An international menu

Moving to a different country allows you to experience a whole new world of food, but sometimes you want your favourites from home.

There are eight places to eat on campus.

Haldane's Restaurant and Pathfoot Eatery serve traditional Scottish and international dishes. There's a salad bar, deli sandwiches, carvery, drinks and desserts. In Haldane's you can watch the chef cook your food in front of you at the live theatre bar.

The Refresh Bar and Bistro is based in the Willow Court accommodation. It's a great social space where you can relax with friends over breakfasts, burgers, salads and pizzas.

Market Street in the Atrium serves homemade porridge for breakfast and pizza or burgers throughout the day. Between 11:30am to 2:00pm you can get delicious shawarma wraps and pitas for lunch.

At the Sidewalk Deli, you can order custom-made fresh sandwiches and wraps or fresh soup and daily hot specials, including chicken fajitas and meatballs.

The Studio bar in the Student Union building is open from breakfast through until the evening, serving nachos, burgers, pizza and daily specials.

There are also two Clive Ramsay's outlets on campus. In the MacRobert building, you'll find light snacks and Italian or American meals. After a workout in the Sports Centre, you can refuel with sandwiches, soups, wraps, sushi and salads.


Enjoy coffee with friends

There are four coffee shops on campus.

The Bite and Crush Hall Pod serve Costa coffee. The Bite also serves sandwiches and light hot and cold lunch options.

The Stir Café is a great place to relax with a Fairtrade, organic coffee. Enjoy with a fresh deli sandwich or a slice of cake.

Underground in the Student Union has study areas with free WiFi, so it's a great place to do some relaxed studying with a Starbucks coffee. Hungry? Refuel with a panini or a bowl of hot soup.