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Glasgow city guide: student life

Glasgow is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities, with a ton of historical heritage and an abundance of cool cafes, bars and places to see. The city provides a welcoming and exciting atmosphere for students and has a strong multicultural community; making Glasgow a great place to spend your university years.

Voted ‘Friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guide poll you’ll be sure to make new friends and embark on new adventures in this vibrant city. Glasgow West End student accommodation is in the city centre, giving you easy access to explore all the city has to offer.


Pubs and Bars

After a busy day of lectures, there are loads of cool places to grab a drink with friends, from late night Karaoke rooms to cute cocktails bars.

The Dock Yard social - a social dining experience. Eat, drink and have fun with your friends and only 2 minutes way from Glasgow West End!

13th Note – not only is this an independent music venue with a fine selection of drinks, but also doubles as a vegetarian and vegan café!

Banshee – did someone say Karaoke?! Here you can get your singing fix till the early hours of the morning.

Beer Café – beer fans need to check out the Beer Café, a family run business with a huge variety of drinks.

Blue Dog – stylish interiors and the place to go if you’re a cocktail fan, the menu is amazing.



Glasgow is the place to be for food fans, with endless options to choose from. Take your pick from food markets to chilled out restaurants with top notch menus.

The 78a great place to relax and unwind after a busy day at uni. Its affordable vegan menu has great options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. There’s even live music on the weekends!

Hillhead Bookclub – not only are tasty dishes up for grabs, but you can also have a game of ping-pong and try out the retro games arcade.

Big Feed Glasgow – if you want to be spoilt for choice by different cuisines then head to the Big Feed. This food market is home to delicious dishes from loads of cuisines, such as Scottish, Asian, Mexican and Indian food and tons of options too if you’re vegetarian or vegan.



Glasgow is bursting with culture and history; from its architectural heritage, glorious food options and characterful museums, it’s easy to stay entertained. It’s so hard to choose the highlights as there’s so many, but here are a few of our top picks:

Glasgow Cathedral – architecture fans are in for a treat. The cathedrals stunning gothic architecture dates back to 1197. Tip – check out the amazing view of the city.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museumspend your lecture free days pouring over incredible art in an incredible building fashioned out of red sandstone.

Clydeside Distillery – a guaranteed fun day out as this whisky distillery and located in an old pumphouse building. Make sure you check out the whisky and chocolate tour.

SWG3 – music fans rejoice with this amazing cultural hub home to club nights, gigs and festivals. There is even a trendy roof terrace for those warmer months.

Glasgow is certainly an envious student destination and its ongoing hub of activity means there’s something for everyone. If you’re keen on student life in Glasgow, make sure to check out aparto student accommodation, Glasgow West End. It’s fully equipped with amazing social spaces including an indoor slide and city location makes it easy to start your adventure.