University of Glasgow

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.7 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The university is located really well in the centre of town with two subway stations right next to the campus. The facilities are great."
"The campus is a 20-minute walk from the city centre. It is served by an excellent choice of public transport and there is a great choice of food outlets and bars. The library is a fantastic hub, as are the sports facilities. There are coffee shops, restaurants, bars, hairdressers and retail shops in the area. There is also a beautiful park right on the doorstep."
"The location is in Glasgow's West End, which essentially has everything a student could require including all kinds of shops, services, restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs. The campus has several options for study spaces, food and sport. The student accommodation is also generally excellent, well maintained, reasonably priced and produces a warm sense of community. During the day, I can shop on Great Western Road or stroll through Kelvingrove Park or the Botanic Gardens as everything is within walking distance. If I want to go to the city centre for even more options, the bus and subway links are very easy to access."
"The University of Glasgow has a really good location (Gilmorehill). It is within walking distance of the city centre where most of the action takes place and has a lot of shops and restaurants in its periphery and a Subway just around the corner. The university has four accommodations, all of which are within walking distance from the university. The only downside is the presence of a single gym near the university, which requires you to walk all the way to the university every time you want to access the gym."
"There are so many student accommodation complexes available within a short distance from the university. Most of the campus is clumped together in one place, which is convenient. However, Garbscube campus is a little out of the way with limited transport. Glasgow is a cultural city and there are lots of museums to visit, of which many are free to go to. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars to hang out with friends in and lots of shops for blowing your student loan in. The SECC and Hydro host many gigs etc and they are easy to get to at all times of day and night. Basically, Glasgow has a lot to offer students, whatever their preferences."
"The university is close to a lot of entertainment areas. There are lots of restaurants on Byres Road and the Imax Theatre is not too far away. As well as this, the city centre with all the shopping is 20 minutes away by subway so it is a very good location. The facilities are well-maintained and excellent and the student accommodation varies wildly based on which one you stay in."
"The West End of Glasgow is ideal for students as there are lots of restaurants, cafés, bars and a cinema nearby on Byres Road and Great Western Road. There are also lots of on-campus activities both during the day and at night as well as places to spend time in between lectures (if you can find a seat)."
"U of G is located in a lovely area close to both the centre of Glasgow and the West End. There are plenty of pubs and clubs etc nearby. I have never used the student accommodation but it looks great from whenever I've been inside. The campus itself is beautiful and the facilities (particularly the gym and swimming pool) are fantastic and modern."


"The university campus is in a very central location in the west end of Glasgow surrounded by lots of student flats. It has easy access to supermarkets, shops and restaurants as well as good nightlife. The student accommodation is a little more wide-spread but the residences themselves are relatively big."
"The location is excellent because it's not in the centre of Glasgow, but in the west end, which is quieter and more beautiful. The campus is fairly big and there are lots of places to study, have lunch, grab coffee etc. I haven't personally lived in student accommodation but I have heard it can be very expensive."
"It's near the centre of Glasgow, just in the west end. Campus is mostly all on one street and the facilities contain pretty much everything the average student needs. There are libraries, gyms, coffee shops, stationary stores, counselling facilities, doctors' surgeries and places to go on a night out etc. Accommodation, especially the Murano Street Student Village, leaves lots to be desired however."
"It's well located and easy to reach by public transport (or walking). It's less easy to cycle or drive around as the roads are not good for bikes and there are not enough parking spaces. The campus is nice and quite compact although it can sometimes take more than 10 minutes to get to classes on opposite sides of campus. If one lecture runs on then you may well not make the next one on time. Computer facilities are not adequate, it can be difficult to get a computer in the library or a lab most of the time. Maths labs are sometimes double-booked leaving students with nowhere to work. Since the vast majority of our work and resources are computer based, this can make studying between classes (when there is no time to go home) very difficult."
"The old main building is brilliant. It's not just postcard pretty but also has well-equipped, comfortable and modern lecture areas. There's also about to be a large redevelopment of some areas to bring them up to date. There is no shortage of accommodation options or things to do in the west end. There are two underground stops close to the heart of campus meaning easy access to the rest of the city."
"The location is great with excellent transportation. Student accommodation is fine but can feel too remote and dark to return back to at night."
"Glasgow is a large city and the main campus is located in the west end, which is a nice part of the town. I hear that accommodation varies depending on how much you pay for it, which is to be expected. There is a lot of renovation happening right now, which has caused some disruption. However, this should hopefully improve the campus after it's done."
"It's right in the west end, which means that there are some brilliant cafes and restaurants nearby to hang out in to celebrate the end of exams and dissertations! There are two subway stations nearby and a bus going directly into the city centre, which makes getting to and from the university very straightforward."
"The uni is in a great location and there are plenty of bars, pubs and places to eat nearby. Also, the Botanic gardens are a five minute walk away so, if it's sunny (admittedly rare in Glasgow), you can have a study break there and enjoy the weather. There are two unions and the QMU does get some pretty amazing bands playing there every so often. I don't use the uni gym as I have one closer to my accommodation for the same price, but I've heard that the facilities are very good since the upgrade."
"The campus is situated in the beautiful west end of Glasgow and sits right by Kelvingrove Park and the art gallery. It's quite a residential area so you meet people from all walks of life. Student halls are quite a long walk from campus though."

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