Paisley, a town central to the heart of Scotland’s history for many years, is a picturesque adventure for a student set for life up North. Home to popular stars, infamous buildings and a certain popular textile print, Paisley is the largest town in the county of Renfrewshire, with great links to surrounding areas in Scotland.
Renowned for its remarkable architecture, the town is a welcome haven to studying students, existing as the largest campus of four within the University of the West of Scotland. With Glasgow city centre a mere 6.9 miles to the East, the town offers a harmonious balance of historic charm from the Paisley centre, with the hustle and bustle of busy Glasgow a short bus journey away. Quick transport links and a proud heritage emerging from the town pose Paisley as a winning choice for students looking to study Scotland-style.
Though perhaps not as famous as its Scottish sisters (the likes of Edinburgh and Glasgow), the town has enough important characteristics to lure you northward. Paisley is most often associated with the popular print, or weaving pattern, made popular in the 19th century, and receiving its Western name from this Scottish town. More impressed by celebrity alumni? Paisley is the birthplace of successful musician Paolo Nutini and 300 actor Gerard Butler, as well as boasting the youngest member of the UK House of Commons as an MP, Mhairi Black.
If zoning out from a hard day’s uni graft is top of your location choosing agenda, it doesn’t get much better than peaceful Paisley. Find your ‘Zen’ on top of Saucel Hill, look to the stars at Thomas Coats Observatory, or wet your appetite in a local pub (Glasgow’s night life is a stone’s throw away, 02 Academy included), so your evening schedule will prove as busy as your day’s. Get ready for campus life in a town that proves to be the best of both worlds.