Student Life in Glasgow

Life in the Scottish city

Every student wants to live somewhere with great music, food and drink, art, culture and friendly people – Glasgow has all of these in abundance!

Being a student is so much more than study; it’s a lifestyle; an experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life, so the environment plays a huge part in how successful, happy, fulfilled and enlightening those student years are.

It’s a voyage of discovery, so should be rich in opportunity as well as stimulating, challenging and fun! Your student days will prompt many dinner table conversations in years to come, so they need to be memorable; exactly where the memories are made therefore, becomes vital.

Glasgow plays host to a large range of top rated universities and colleges; particularly impressive when you consider it’s size. It has a world-renowned art school, opera school, piping school and is home to Scottish Ballet, National Theatre Scotland and Scottish Opera. It boasts some of the best shopping in Europe, and enjoys the slogan ‘the dear green place’,  attributed to its many beautiful parks, woodlands walks and of course the Victorian Botanical Gardens.

The city’s Victorian and georgian architects were the first to use the Grid system, whereby all streets run in blocks and squares (like New York), making navigation really easy, and it’s history in architecture and design has inspired generations. The world watched the emergence of the arts and crafts movement in early 1900s, from its nucleus in Glasgow, and was inspired in particular, by the unique and innovative style and design of the work of Charles Rene Mackintosh. The city is littered with the finest examples of his works, from architecture to furniture, from paintings to interiors.

From art deco cinemas to arthouse cinema, Glasgow science centre to Cineworld, which boasts the world’s tallest cinema, (a record 60metres high and in the Guinness book of records), Glasgow does not disappoint. The annual Glasgow Film festival, the third biggest in the UK, takes place every year and Glasgow has been used as locations for several blockbuster movies ‘World War Z’, starring Brad Pitt and ‘Cloud Atlas’, starring Halle Berry.

Glasgow draws interest from all over the world in a way that a city three times it’s size could not.

Glasgow SSE Hydro
Glasgow is a UNESCO city of music, hosting an average of 130 music events every week.

The city has eight venues in the top 100 list of places to watch gigs, including the SSE Hydro, which is ranked in the top five best global arenas – even beating New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

The music scene spans the spectrum from urban and hip-hop, electronica and indie, through to classical and folk; and it’s fantastic club offering, the renowned Sub Club, which is now the longest running weekly underground club night on the planet! Glasgow host some of the world’s biggest DJ’s playing everything from house, dubstep and techno to vintage disco, funk and R n B.

With Glaswegians being known across the world for their sense of humour, it’s no wonder that the comedy festival attracts the biggest comedy names in the world, and the largest event of it’s kind in Europe. Hosted at The Stand Comedy Club in the city’s west end, the venue runs live events throughout the week, hosting comedy big names such as Billy Connolly and Kevin Bridges.

glasgow-foodWith almost 1,800 cafes and restaurants listed for the city on TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise that Lonely Planet describes Glasgow as “the best and most eclectic dining city in Europe”. You can literally eat – and drink – your way around the world.

Glasgow is at the forefront of the street food revolution, with new ventures opening daily, showcasing the best of Korean, New York, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian, Brazilian and of course Scottish (!) cuisine has to offer. And of course the pubs! From Victorian and Edwardian public houses, to craft beer joints, to traditional pubs, the social scene is constantly evolving.

Named European city of culture in 1990, the accolade put Glasgow on the world stage, and this has been further reinforced as Glasgow has been appointed to UNESCO’S creative cities network. Glasgow enjoys a cultural limelight which is deserved and respected; its’ creativity is endless.

Glasgow Art & CultureAs well as being home to six national performing arts organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet, Glasgow is also blazing an internationally-acclaimed trail in contemporary art, design and music.

Glasgow lays claim to six Turner Prize-winners and 12 Turner Prize-nominees, all of whom have either trained in or worked out of the city, and in fact Glasgow’s Tramway hosted the 2015 Turner Prize; the very first time the prestigious exhibition and award was presented in Scotland.

The city boasts one of Europe’s largest civic arts collections, with works by Dali, Van Gogh, Degas and Monet available to view for free in some of the city’s venues, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum and award-winning Burrell Collection.

One of the beauties of Glasgow is it’s compact size: you can see a lot of the city in a remarkably short space of time. But if you want to get out into the fresh air, the Scottish Highlands and the miles of unspoilt coastline are all just a short journey from the city centre. You can get to Loch Lomond, gateway to the Highlands in only 30 minutes. Try doing that from some of the UK’s other cities!

Glasgow’s tagline has captured the essence of the city and is what identifies it, “people make Glasgow”. The warmth of it’s people is world renowned. As a university city, the student population is considerable and contributes to the eclectic, multicultural, creative metropolis it has become. Visitors are welcomed and embraced by the people of the city. They eat, drink and party together and the mix of locals and students from the UK and across the world, fuel the vibrant vital atmosphere of the UK’s greatest student city.