University of Glasgow


What are the worst things about studying at your university?


"The library is packed most of the time so I find it difficult to find space sometimes (although they have added some more PCs recently, which was really helpful). Also, some computers are very slow."
"The library is freezing at times and they don't allow hot food to be brought in to the café area, even when the café facilities are closed. This means you cannot bring in a pizza or takeaway on a weekend or during a late night study session, even though you might be there until 2.00 am. It also needs more study spaces but they have been improving this year on year. It could also do with increasing the variety of food for vegetarians."
"Travelling between classes can be difficult because of the building structure/layout not being very accessible for wheelchairs etc."
"There are occasionally not enough computers during exam periods and we need healthier food options on campus."
"The counselling service is unable to accommodate all of the students in need of it."
"Libraries aren't open 24/7."
"The food is quite pricey and some of the accommodation is too far away from campus."
"The West End can be an expensive place to live and socialise in."
"There are no 24/7 labs available on campus and after-hours access is only available to fourth and fifth year students. Libraries are really busy during exam times and it is difficult to find a quiet and isolated area."
"There are not enough opportunities for international students securing scholarships."


"Staff are not always as supportive as they could be and have previously dismissed concerns about workload and course content. Also, facilities for lectures, tutorials and especially lab facilities are not always sufficient."
"The weather here is often quite miserable."
"None of the student accommodation is very close to uni so, no matter which halls you choose, you will end up having to walk quite a way. If you end up not living in halls in first year, you can find it difficult to meet people."
"Glasgow is so big that you can feel disconnected."
"Forget about using the library for engineering-based subjects. All the good books you'll need are only available to take out for 24 hours at a time. There are limited copies of books for longer lending and the library and other facilities do not have 24 hour access."
"Whenever something is being replaced or refurbished, it tends to take longer than promised. Also, student accommodation is privately-owned and can be extortionately priced."
"I feel the university sometimes doesn't help students as much as it could and that it approaches studies archaically. Also, they could do more to keep up with the modern job market as studies seem primarily aimed towards further academia rather than actually getting a job."
"The parking situation is dire. However, the university is served very well by various modes of public transport."
"The laboratory facilities are not very extensive."
"As with many universities, there is a strong bias towards the theoretical in teaching. Even for a practical course, too much energy is devoted to theory."

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