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Student life in Glasgow

Life in Scotland’s largest city is never dull. Glasgow is known for its exciting blend of history, music, shopping and nightlife. Furthermore, it was recently named the world’s friendliest city by Rough Guides.


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Amazing art and culture

Glasgow has a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Among its many points of interest there are over 20 museums and art galleries, including the fascinating Kelvingrove, one of Scotland’s most visited attractions. Glasgow’s 100+ cultural organisations include the famous Scottish Opera, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Student in a cafe in Glasgow

Relax and have fun

Packed with unique vintage stores, cool cafés and stylish bars, Glasgow is a great place to socialise and relax. The city’s West End is known for its trendy student scene. Explore its cobblestone streets lined with charming pubs and boutique shops, or visit the Grosvenor Cinema, where you can watch the latest films while relaxing

Street performer in Glasgow city centre

Live and breathe music

Music is a way of life in Glasgow, one of only 12 UNESCO Cities of Music in the world. The city has around 100 live music events per week on average, covering every genre. Each January, Glasgow hosts the Celtic Connections music festival. Over 2000 artists fill Glasgow with the very best of folk, roots and world music.

Student taking a photo in Glasgow city centre

The Great Outdoors

Over a quarter of Glasgow is made up of green spaces, making it one of Europe’s greenest cities. There are 91 parks and outdoor spaces for you to enjoy. Take advantage of the fantastic Next Bike cycle hire scheme and experience Glasgow’s incredible natural beauty.

GIC student Fatima from Sudan

Fatima from Sudan

Student at Glasgow International College

The people in Glasgow are really friendly and they like international students. It’s also not expensive here compared to other cities, and there is a lot going on. I use the subway to get to the city centre and it doesn’t take long at all, so it’s very convenient.

GIC student Christians from Venezuela

Christians from Venezuela

Student at Glasgow International College

I love exploring Glasgow. I like Kelvingrove Park, which is where we go to have barbecues or play football, and the riverside is a nice place to take a walk. I also like the south of the city, which is more industrial and not as touristy, so you get a sense of the ‘real’ Glasgow.


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