Student Life in the city of Glasgow

Glasgow is a unique city full of opportunities for students. With all that goes on in the city, there need never be a dull moment in the life of a student.

Starting with the academic side of student life at the University of Glasgow; you study three different subjects in your first year. I did not realise this until I arrived at university. I dreaded the workload, but then I discovered the benefits of studying three subjects. It widens your knowledge whilst getting involved with different people and opportunities outside of your main degree course. Facility wise, the university has everything a student needs, including a twelve storey high library. The library has an incredible amount of books and is a saviour when you need some serious study. Also, the photo opportunities out the windows from the top floor are immense. That is when it is not raining. It rains a lot in Glasgow.

But of course, university is not all about academia. Glasgow University has all kinds of different societies for students to get involved in during their free time: from rugby to ultimate frisbee, history to economics, fashion to cheese and there is even a Harry Potter society. I spent much of my first year writing for a student magazine called Qmunicate. Many students involved in the magazine now have full-time jobs in journalism. Involvement in societies can be helpful for students looking for part-time or full-time jobs that are in their interests.

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Sometimes as a student you just want to chill out. The two Student Unions, Queen Margaret’s Union and Glasgow University Union, are the perfect places to grab something to eat, play some pool or have something to drink. Whilst you can join both unions, some students can be very patriotic about their favourite union and go through their whole university life without stepping foot in the other. As a member of both unions, I feel I get the best of both worlds. Much like the societies, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in running the unions. Throughout the year the unions put on several club nights, which are popular among students. 

Away from the unions, there are a number of clubs all over Glasgow that hold student nights throughout the week. Whatever you fancy, be it hip-hop, indie-rock or just some good old cheesy pop, there’s a night for it in Glasgow. Furthermore, the music scene is second to none. Legendary venues like King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut have acts on almost every night and it is packed with students.

Most students live in the West End of Glasgow near the university. With all sorts of bars, shops and tea rooms, there is little need for students to ever leave this area.

Finding local part-time jobs for students is relatively easy. Also, both unions hire students part-time for bartending.

There are so many aspects to student life in Glasgow like drinking Irn Bru, worshiping Kevin Bridges and debating whether staying in student halls at Murano was the best or worst experience of your life. In my opinion, getting the best out of being a student in Glasgow is simple. You just have to throw yourself out there and do what you want to do.


Undergraduate Student, University of Glasgow




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