Glasgow Student Guide


So you are coming or thinking of coming to Glasgow to Study? Good choice! Did you know that Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and accessible city. It is so simple to jump on reliable public transport to take you to not only it’s great cinemas, clubs, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, shopping and theatres but also easily accessible for students to access the rest of Scotland, Glasgow is literally offering Scotland on your doorstep!

We don’t want to bore you with how great our Universities and colleges are as you already probably know this! So let’s take a look at what Glasgow has to offer you out with University.


Did you know that throughout the year there are a number of festivals including the Celtic Connections in January, the Glasgow Film Festival in February, a Comedy Festival in March, an Art Fair in April, a Carnival Festival in June, an International Piping Festival in August and Winter Fest in November and December?


As you probably already know, Glasgow has many pubs and clubs that cater to a wide range of tastes (if not all tastes!). The West End of Glasgow is very popular among students offering many different places to eat and drink. Places like Byres Road and Ashton Lane have become hubs for students studying in the west end. You need to be at least 18 to get into most pubs and clubs in Glasgow, but for some, you need to be 21. You must be over 18 to buy alcohol in a pub or a shop. It is illegal to drink alcohol on the streets.


With regards to eating out, Glasgow caters to a wide range of tastes and budgets. There are many restaurants and cafes to choose from. Whatever your taste, from Indian to Thai, Greek to Mongolian you are sure to find it in Glasgow.


Glasgow is a shopper’s paradise and is the 2nd only to London for retail. Glasgow’s main shopping area is along Buchanan Street which has been voted one of the world’s top retail destinations. You can shop at major high street stores, smaller boutiques, department stores and a wide variety of speciality shops, including craft and antique shops. There are also a number of large shopping malls within an easy travelling distance of the city centre.


At the Belhaven Hotel Glasgow, we offer great accommodation specifically designed for students or families of students looking to attend a Glasgow University or simply looking to come to explore Glasgow and its Universities further.

We are ideally located within walking distance to Glasgow University and have great access to the University Of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian campuses.