Glasgow student accommodation at a glance
Finding accommodation in Glasgow for students can feel like a daunting task, but that’s why we’re here. Let’s start with Dunaskin Mill. By far one of the coolest accommodations in Glasgow, it’s certainly a fantastic option for students attending any one of the universities in the city, being a five-minute walk from the University of Glasgow, and a 20-minute Metro ride to the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University. Dunaskin Mill has everything a student can dream of with games area, loads of break-out and social spaces and an on-site gym. For those who like their own space, Dunaskin Mill offers en-suite, studio and even one- and two-bed apartments!
If you’re looking for private student accommodation in Glasgow that is right near the University of Glasgow campus, then Gibson Street could be for you. Known for its easy-going community, Gibson Street offers students exceptionally renovated social spaces as well as an outdoor area. These student halls in Glasgow boast only a five-minute walk to the University of Glasgow campus, or less than a 30-minute walk if attending The Glasgow School of Art or Glasgow Caledonian University.
If you’re after student accommodation in Glasgow that is right in the heart of the city, George Street Apartments is the place for you. With 89 individual modern studios, George Street Apartments is only a stone’s throw from Glasgow’s famous George Square where you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, restaurants, shops, and cafes – check out our Drunk Food Index 2018 to see what’s on offer. The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, and The Glasgow School of Art are all less than a 20-minute walk away, and for those of you heading to the University of Glasgow campus, don’t worry, that’s just a short subway journey away.
When looking for unique university accommodation in Glasgow, it’s worth considering the Gallery Apartments. Smack-bang in the middle of the city, these Glasgow student flats offer a cool split-level apartment design, as well as a cinema room, study areas, laundry and gym, and every room has a king-size bed, so no tiny single student beds here. Location-wise, it’s a short walk to the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, and The Glasgow School of Art and just over a 30-minute walk to the University of Glasgow campus. There’s also the subway if you don’t fancy the exercise.
Glasgow at a glance
- Home to the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, and The Glasgow School of Art.
- Known for its Victorian architecture, it’s worth wandering around the city and checking out George Square, The Necropolis, Glasgow Cathedral and, for those students attending other institutions, the University of Glasgow. All of these impressive sites are only a short walk from university accommodation in Glasgow city-centre.
- Interested in women’s rights? Check out The Glasgow Women’s Library, the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements. Here you’ll find a lending library, archive collections, and innovative programs of public events and learning opportunities.
- If independent shops and bars are your thing, Glasgow has you covered with a great selection of charity shops, record stores, and small, local bars.
Harry Potter fans can get excited as rumour has it the University of Glasgow was the inspiration for Hogwarts, the famed school in the JK Rowling book series. Being one of the oldest universities in the world, it’s no wonder exploring these gorgeous student halls in Glasgow makes people feel magical.
- Venture away from Glasgow student housing in the West End and make your way east to visit the famous Barras Market. This local flea market will give you a true taste of Glaswegian life with a mixture of street markets, indoor markets, shops, and pubs.
Student travel in Glasgow
There are three main ways to get around Glasgow, the main being a great subterrane rail network that runs under the city, followed by great bus links, or jumping on your bike. There are also concession offers for people under 22 years old, so check out SPT; they run both the subway and some of the bus routes in Glasgow.
The subway in Glasgow is a small circular underground route serving the central city area and connects most of the university accommodation in Glasgow to university campuses. During peak times you’ll find a train every four minutes, and it only takes 24 minutes to complete the loop.
The bus network is a great way to get around Glasgow, especially if you’re travelling to suburbs out of the city centre. One of the main providers is First Bus, which has over 80 routes to help you get to where you need to be.
A favoured mode of transport amongst students (and featured in our list of the 25 best universities for cycling in the UK 2020), getting around Glasgow by bike is easy. Most private student accommodation in Glasgow has areas for students to store their bikes, but if you don’t own your own, you can rent one from around the city with the help of OVO Bikes.
Best for when you need to get out of the city, Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the south and will help you get to other cities across the UK.
Featured neighbourhoods around Glasgow student accommodation
At the heart of Glasgow’s fashionable West End is Hillhead, and lucky for you it’s also known for having some of the best student accommodation in Glasgow. A collection of chilled, independent cafes, shops, and bars (check out the Hillhead Bookclub and The Osborne View to name a few), Hillhead also has plenty to offer like the Glasgow Botanic Gardens as well as fairy-lit Ashton Lane, an Instagram-favourite. It’s also right next to the University of Glasgow which is convenient for those who like a short stroll to lectures.
For students who love to have it all at their doorstep, the city centre is a great place to look for university accommodation in Glasgow. It has so many interesting and varied things to occupy your time between studying. Check out the famed Glasgow Necropolis, a Victorian-era cemetery containing the graves and mausoleums of famous Glaswegians. After the Necropolis, head on over to Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery, a historic landmark in Glasgow which has been bottling award-winning beer since 1885. Then why not take in a bit of culture at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the building in itself is impressive enough. Glasgow city centre is great for students attending the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, and The Glasgow School of Art.
North of the River Clyde in the popular West End of Glasgow is Anniesland, a popular suburb for students. Like Hillhead, it’s jam-packed with boutique restaurants and shops. Head to Beefcake Cafe for a delicious baked treat, or spend the afternoon sipping on some of the best scotch in Scotland at The Clydeside Distillery. It’s a great suburb for University of Glasgow student accommodation.
Is Glasgow good for international students?
Glasgow is ranked in the world’s top 40 best cities for international students according to QS Best Student Cities 2017, and 1st in the UK for international student satisfaction. Glasgow University warmly welcomes students from all around the globe.
Where do students live in Glasgow?
Most student accommodation is found in the west of Glasgow, close to the University of Glasgow campus. However, there’s also a great range of accommodation options available in the city closer to other notable higher education establishments.
What do students do in Glasgow?
Glasgow is a city buzzing with activity where students can explore the city's history, visit its many museums or galleries (we love the Riverside Museum), or check out Glasgow’s amazing bars and restaurants.
What accommodation options are there in Glasgow?
You can find all sorts of accommodation options in Glasgow, including:
- Shared accommodation – here, you’ll share your common spaces like a kitchen, bathroom and living room with other students.
- Ensuite – you’ll get your own bathroom in ensuite accommodation, but you’ll typically still share a kitchen and living area.
- Studio – your room will include its own bathroom and kitchen, allowing you to live in a self-contained space.
- Apartment – with a flat or apartment, you won’t share any space and your kitchen and living space are separate from your bedroom. You can even get multiple bedrooms!
How much rent will I pay for student accommodation in Glasgow?
Our range goes from as low as £99 per week, with all bills included, up to over £350 per week for a full private apartment with bills included.
How do deposits work in Glasgow?
In Scotland, the most deposit you can pay is two months’ rent but there are accommodation options available that don’t require any deposit at all. If you do pay a deposit, your landlord must register it with an official tenancy deposit protection scheme.
Check out our blog post to see how to get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy.
How do I pay for my student room in Glasgow?
There are loans and maintenance grants available that can help you pay for your student accommodation in Glasgow. You might also be eligible for a bursary – if you’re unsure, check your university’s website or speak to student support services. You can learn more about how to pay for your accommodation over on our blog.
What is Glasgow like for students?
Glasgow is a gorgeous city, full of Scottish history, and has plenty to do to keep you occupied night and day. You can learn more about why Glasgow is such a good student city on our blog post!