Why Study in Glasgow?

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The Scottish city of Glasgow is famous for its cultural attractions, architecture and shopping destinations. But there’s much more to Glasgow than a fun day of sightseeing. Here’s why so many students choose to study in Glasgow – and why you should consider it too.


World-Class Universities

Glasgow is home to two universities ranked in the top 300 QS World University Rankings for 2021:

  • The University of Glasgow: A major research-led university and also one of the oldest universities in the world, founded more than 500 years ago.
  • The University of Strathclyde: A 5-star QS-rated University, winner of multiple awards and home to more than 22,000 students from 100 countries around the world.

Why study in one of Glasgow’s reputable universities? There is plenty to recommend to local and international students.


Musical Culture

The music scene in Glasgow is thriving, and there’s always a gig to head out to when you’ve got a spare moment. Barrowland is a local institution, with capacity for 2,000 revellers and a sprung floor to keep the crowds jumping. The Garage has a busy gig schedule for big names and up-and-comers alike. The O2 Academy is a major draw, and King nTut’s is a celebrated venue with a storied history.


Sport Scene

The football-mad city of Glasgow is where you’ll find some of Scotland’s biggest stadiums, including Celtic Park, and three pro football clubs call Glasgow home. There’s also a ski & snowboard club for those who want something a little more extreme.


Retail Therapy

Treat yourself to some new goodies at one of Glasgow’s popular shopping hotspots. Buchanan Galleries includes all your favourite high street brands, or you can splash out somewhere more exclusive at Princes Square or the Italian Centre.

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Glasgow Student Living Costs

How much will it cost to stay in Glasgow while you study? The estimated monthly cost of living for a student in Glasgow is estimated as follows, and highly dependent on your lifestyle:

  • Mobile phone & utilities: £115
  • Groceries & household goods: £190
  • Transport: £65
  • Books & printing: £60
  • Social activities: £130

There are many reasons why you should study in Glasgow, and if you're a student looking to call this iconic city home, Fresh can help make your stay more affordable. Pick your home away from home with a variety of student en suite rooms, studios & apartments to suit any budget, in several central locations throughout the city.

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