The city is home to the campus’ of an astonishing amount of higher education institutions, including: University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, as well as the Ahora Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow School of Art and many smaller colleges. Easily noticed beneath iconic gothic revival tower designed and named after Sir George Gilbert Scott, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world, having been originally established in 1451, and is now a world class Russell Group university.Some of the great minds who have passed through its halls include the economist Adam Smith, the television pioneer John Logie Baird, and the current Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Culture lovers will be completely bowled over by this sophisticated city, whether wandering the exhibits of the Hunterian, Kelvingrove or The Riverside Museums, spotting the distinctive Art Nouveau facias of buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or catching a live performances at the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra or Scottish Youth Theatre. The city also has its fair share of festivals, hosting as it does the Glasgow Film Festival, the West End Festival and the International Festival of Visual Art.
Accommodated in the city centre are all the high street chains you’d expect of such a huge city, but Glasgow also boast many unique shopping districts. In the West End bohemian boutiques and swanky cafés abound, whilst over in the East End browse the endless stalls of the Glasgow Barrowland market, known affectionately by the locals as “The Barras”.
The nightlife in Glasgow is unparalleled, with clubs, pubs and live music venues to cater for every conceivable taste. These vary from the hugely capacious concert hall The Hydro, the shimmering pop dancefloor of ABC, raging rock revelry at the Glasgow Cathouse, to the small legendary venue that is a right of passage for new bands; King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
With the largest economy in Scotland, Glasgow is a booming and industrious place. As well as still maintaining some of its historical industries such as shipbuilding, in the form of the highly specialised BAE Systems Maritime, the city also possesses a world-leading tertiary sector, with particular strength in financial services, communications, creative industries and education. In media both BBC Scotland and STV have their headquarters in Glasgow. All these leading companies require a constant flow of graduates to operate making employment rates in the city very high.
When you need a breath of fresh air and want to venture beyond the lovely green parks of the city, the whole of Scotland awaits you to explore. In greater Glasgow itself there are beautiful walks along the Clyde Valley and just North of the area is the breath-taking beauty of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
With a colossal student population of over 70,000 and with good accommodation prices for a city of its size, Glasgow truly provides all the opportunities you could want to thrive in your studies.