Why Glasgow?



Virtual Tour of the UofG Campus and Glasgow’s Westend

The University of Glasgow campus is based in the westend of the city. The campus is fully integrated into the city and along side the beautiful neo-gothic main building, the campus has buildings reflecting Victorian, classical and modernist styles of architecture. The views from the top of the library when you are studying are worth climbing ten floors (you can take an elevator if you wish). The UofG campus is also undergoing a £1 billion redevelopment and the new James McCune Smith Learning Hub which opened in September 2020 will provide students with a state-of-the-art facility for classes and studying.

The Westend is just one of many neighbourhoods in the city and besides the University it is home to the Glasgow Botantic Gardens, the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, and the SEC Hydro – a spaceship inspired music arena that hosts the biggest touring music stars. Byres Road and Partick provide high street amenities, and for those who like to spend time outdoors then you can stroll through Kelvingrove Park or take a jog along the Forth and Clyde Canal or the River Kelvin Walkway.

The westend is connected to the city centre by an excellent bus and train network, or you can take the third oldest subway in the world. You can also walk to the city centre in about 30 minutes. The city centre is home to shopping, museums and art galleries, civic buildings such as the Glasgow City Chambers, the medieval cathedral and necropolis and of course many bars, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other nightlife.

When you need a break from studying you can take a day-trip out of the city and visit the gateway to the highlands, the historic City of Stirling (home to Braveheart, William Wallace). Edinburgh is less than an hour away by train or bus. For those who want to get more fresh air, you can visit Loch Lomond and the Trossach’s National Park or go swimming in the sea at Ayr or Troon beaches. Further afield, Glasgow provides easy access for those who like winter sports and hiking with Glencoe, Aberfoyle and Aviemore all within a few hours travel. And don’t forget to visit the Scottish Islands – Skye, Mull, Harris, Lewis are all easy to reach within a day and closer to home you can visit Arran or Bute within a few hours by taking the train and a short ferry journey.

The city’s motto is “People Make Glasgow” – when you live here you become one of the people. We know that you will love studying and living in Glasgow, so it is not surprising that Time Magazine named it one of the top ten cities in the world for 2019.

To help you get a feel for the city and transport links to and from the university campus, we have created the map below:


We have selected a few short video’s to illustrate just how exciting Glasgow is. Just click the view buttons below.