University of the West of Scotland

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
7.5 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"We're in a beautiful new campus on the Riverside, near the town centre. We have the full facilities of Ayr town centre including restaurant and bars, cinemas and ice rinks."
"The gym at the Paisley campus is not actually on the campus and a bus is needed to go there. The cafeteria is cheap although the queues are long during lunch hours. The library has enough computers and printers but not that many copies of the course books (usually around two to five copies at the Paisley campus)."
"The location is good, but it could be better. For example, the main building in Paisley is close to the train station but the sports hall is quite a hike away from it."
"The location is fairly good as we're located near the Paisley centre and only a ten-minute walk from the train station of Gilmour street and main bus stops that take you into Glasgow. Paisley is a nice town but with not many things to do if you are a student. You can go to Glasgow to have fun and have access to nightlife or even arts festivals. The campus looks new, has a nice outlook and gives you the feeling that the university is indeed fairly new as the premises are clean and well secure. I was never disappointed with UWS facilities as all classrooms, toilets, cafeterias and studying areas are well equipped and new. I like the kitchens that are fully equipped, though the hallways sometimes tend to be a bit messy and dirty and I have heard that the heating is not always on, unlike at some other universities, causing some distress to students being cold because of that."
"The facilities available are great. There is a library above the hub, which is an information area beside the canteen that has a variety of food and snacks available for cheap prices. There are many computers available as well as a quiet study zone for students. The student accommodation is on campus (beside the library) and there are many flats available. The student association is also on campus and is only a two-minute walk up a small hill. There is a small Starbucks inside the students' association as well as a small café where you can buy any food you like. There is also alcohol available there and it's very big and comfy with sofas and pool tables."


"It's a busy town with a few good shops and bars but it's nowhere near as active as other universities close by such as Glasgow or Strathclyde. The facilities are excellent but the gym is a few miles away from campus."
"Easily accessible by car but can be difficult by public transport. It needs a bigger union in my opinion."
"The Hamilton campus and facilities were outdated. The Ayr campus was much more modern but it was also much more difficult to travel to."
"The uni is easy to get to by car, bus or train."
"It's a great location near a big city and town. It's easy to access by train, bus, car and bike."
"It isn't in the best of locations for nightlife but it is still a decent enough place to study. The IT and resources available are more than enough to help with this."
"Campus is in Paisley, which is a small town with little to do. A lot of the high street is boarded up and there are not many pubs. The library is decent but the students' union is awful and the gym is two miles from campus, making it inaccessible if you can't drive."

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