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Try Before You Buy Student Accommodation?

Yup, you read it correctly. In what we think is a first in the Student Accommodation world, Student Roost are offering a free two night stay at the new St Mungo’s accommodation in Glasgow. You can even bring your friends and parents along.

We’re guessing they’re confident you’ll love it so much you’ll want to stay.

Students are invited to ‘try before you buy’ at St Mungo’s, which is set to open this September. The accommodation comes complete with studio and en suite bedrooms, a gym, study area, cinema room, housekeeping and of course the all essential high speed WiFi. Utility bills are also included in the rent price which starts at £139 per week.

The two night stay will include a taster of year round events involving socials, fitness events, cookery and wellbeing.

We definitely think it’s worth checking out, at the very least it could be a free night out for you and your mates.

You can take a cheeky 360° virtual tour of St Mungo’s before you visit and find out more about what else St Mungos has to offerIf you do go be sure to let us know what your experience was like!

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Why You Can’t Miss Freshers’ Festival This Year

For over a decade, students across Scotland have been flocking to Freshers’ Festival to fill their buckets and bellies with freebies and discounts, and revel in a two-day long event featuring Glasgow’s best clubs, pubs, eateries, music, accommodation and more!

And this year is definitely no different. In fact, you eager freshers are in for a real treat – with the chance to get your mitts on goodies from the coolest brands in the city and get involved in the fiercest attractions we’ve ever laid our eyes on. So make sure to get yourself along to George Square, 20th and 21st September, grab FREE VIP tickets and bring along pals for what will be the highlight of your student experience.

Keen to know more? From beauty samples and gym memberships, to club nights, microbreweries and movies (oh and heaps of free grub) here are just some of the reasons why you can’t miss Freshers’ Festival this year – you’re welcome!


Experience Glasgow’s Best Nightlife       

Whether you’re a newbie in town or always game for a party, for two days only, Freshers’ Festival will be home to the best nightlife in the city, offering discounts on drinks, events, club nights and more. If your music of choice means headbangin’ til the wee hours, then you’ll be delighted to hear metal and indie heroes Cathouse, Firewater and Garage will be in attendance at the fest.

If you prefer pop, hip hop and dance, then make way for O2 ABC, Subclub, Bamboo KOKOMO, AXM, Light, The Buff Club and The Shed. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also get to chat to Drygate Brewing Co., Shilling Brewing Co., Revolution, The Social and Driftwood for money off pints and cocktails. Sláinte!


Grab Delicious Grub & Fresh Coffee

From Mexican nosh and Indian delights to Sushi and pizza – we cater for everyone. Come and nab free samples from the likes of McIntosh Mac n’ Cheese, Chaakoo, Barburrito, Topolabamba, Yo Sushi, Bar Soba and Ad Lib. Don’t forget there’ll also be FREE pizza from cheesy kings Papa John’s as well as offers from Just Eat and fresh coffee tastings from Gordon Street Coffee.


Polish Up Your CV With Jobs & Opportunities

This student malarkey can sometimes be expensive, with hefty textbooks to buy and weekly pizza allowances to aid those all nighters in the library. So if you’re looking for a chance to expand your experience in professional realms as well as earn some cash, then we’ll have both summer and term-time opportunities from a diverse range of industries including Americamp, Frontier, Royal Maritime Reserves and SecuriGroup, offering work across oceans and in some of Scotland’s most exciting venues.


Improve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing  

If you’re a gym bunny who loves nothing more than working up a sweat guzzling protein shakes, then you’ll be psyched to know you’re in for the chance to slice down the price of your monthly gym memberships with offers and discounts from Anytime Fitness, Sweat! Union and Xercise4Less. There’ll also be tonnes of opportunities to chat to professionals from NHS and Police Scotland about health and safety issues to put anxious minds at ease during freshers week.


Be A La Mode With The Latest Beauty & Fashion

Being a student doesn’t mean you have to forgo being in style, even if your student loan only permits occasional shopping sprees. Whatever your beauty requirements, we have your back. Mohair will be offering free hair cuts for guys and Volume Style Bar are shaking up their mousse and giving gals free braiding and curls, party make up and face glitter! You’ll also get to experience Sally Salon Services and browse gorgeous frames from spectacle queens IOLLA.


Get Involved With Shopping, Accommodation & Entertainment

As well as some of the most exciting and eclectic activities and entertainment in the city, from movie marathons with Cineworld, bowling with Hollywood Bowl and climbing with The Climbing Academy to old school Laser Quest games and even tattoos with Forevermore, we’ve got top accommodation and means of kitting out your new student pad. Get your hands on gorgeous rooms with Fresh Student Living and Euro Hostel or become a budget interior designer with Flying Tiger and IKEA! For all things Glasgow, including culture, food and a heavy dose of banter, head on over to our partners at GlasgowLiving and don’t forget to swing by their stall.


Satisfy Wanderlust With Travel & Tech

If you’re partial to the odd adventure and you love discovering new places, hop aboard with our pals at Citylink, Glasgow Taxis, Happy Bus, McGills and Glasgow Subway and scoop up Wi-Fi on the way with KILTR to relish the best of Scotland’s scenery and urban happenings while saving money in the process. And if you haven’t already, remember to download yada, the Freshers’ Festival official app to keep up to date with upcoming events and entertainment. You can also say cheese at the yada stall with their photo booth and face painters and have a boogie with their very own DJ.


Think you can handle the best fiesta in the land? Pick up FREE VIP tickets and take a peek at more upcoming events at the Freshers Fringe. You can also get involved in our chat over on Facebook and Twitter.

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Out On The Town? Get a Room With EuroHostel!

Off to a gig? Traveling in the city? Looking for temporary lodgings until you’ve sorted long-term accommodation? Euro Hostel is back at this year’s Freshers’ Festival, offering students the opportunity to crash in a cosy, safe and chilled environment in the heart of Glasgow. Here are just some of the reasons why Euro Hostel is the budget friendly and smarter choice to an expensive hotel in the city!

Room Prices Are Affordable For Large Groups or Solo Travelers

From graduation, birthday and family visits to solo ventures in the city, whatever you need – Euro Hostel have got you covered. Offering sleek modern interiors, FREE Wi-Fi, laundry services and discounted parking you can get your hands on:

  • Beds from as little as £10pp
  • Rooms from £20pp
  • VIP suites from a mere £14pp

VIP suites are totally soundproofed (ideal for those Beyoncé playlists) and come with private lounges equipped with:

  • Fridges and large plasma screens totally separate from sleeping accommodation
  • Access to the secret garden and smoking area

These are ideal for family visits or private fiestas with pals! On top of that your room will only be a stone’s throw away from the city’s most popular pubs, clubs and attractions, including Cathouse, Subclub, the Hydro and St Enoch’s subway! And if you’re worried about safety, Euro Hostel offers 24-hour reception for peace of mind.

Grab Tasty Food and Discounts at the Mint & Lime Bar!

Keen to quench your thirst or appease rumbling bellies before your evening antics? Take a jaunt to the Mint & Lime bar, open all day and into the early hours of the morning. Perks include:

  • Bottles of vino from £6.95
  • Weekly drinks promos on spirits and beers
  • Discount cards slicing off 15% of the price
  • All you can eat buffet breakfast for £5
  • Two main meals complete with a pint, glass of wine or soft drink for £10
  • Tea/coffee from £1.50

Upgrade To A Superior Room For Only £3pp!

If you’re exhausted after saving all that cash why not upgrade to one of the shiny new refurbished superior rooms for only £3pp, with doubles, triples, four person and eight person dorms available, complete with larger screen plasma TVs and heaters, giving you everything you need for a mean chill and a good night’s kip.

Looking to book a room? Since weekends are especially popular, make sure to book in advance if you’re staying in the city for an event or gig, you can do just that here.

You can also visit Euro Hostel at Freshers’ Festival this year and get a FREE tour of the facilities and the chance to get your hands on a VIP suite for ten people, when entering their competition! So remember to keep up with the Euro Hostel chat and further competitions on Facebook and Twitter and grab your FREE VIP tickets to this year’s event.


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7 Fun & Fund-Friendly Ways To Get Fit in Glasgow

With an abundance of luscious grassy spaces and tree lined river walks, from Kelvingrove Park to Pollock Country Park, it’s no wonder Glasgow is nick-named our dear green city. As well as offering exciting ways of getting fit outdoors, the old g-town is also teeming with eclectic happenings from dance to virtual reality work-outs. So if you’re short on change but keen to keep those muscles moving, here are eight fun and fund-friendly ways to get fit in Glasgow – on your marks, get set, go!


Fitness Phenomena at Sweat! Union

We’ve all traipsed to our local gym for a spin class eager to get fit but forking out more than we’d like to admit on monthly payments for the pleasure, only to return home exhausted and uninspired (Papa John’s, anyone?) If you’re looking for a student-friendly gym that’ll keep you motivated with fun workouts, Sweat! Union is the ideal choice, with memberships from a mere £15.99 per month and a student membership at only £119 per year, less than a tenner per month. Winner!

Plus there’s a bunch of Les Mills classes, from kettle bells to combat, two dedicated studios for Spin and Group Ex as well as a HIIT zone. Their personal trainers are really welcoming and it’s all rounded off with 200 pieces of the latest Technogym equipment.

Most importantly though they have sparkling clean locker rooms and showers to enjoy after your workout. For us this ranks very highly in the must-haves when picking a gym to join.


Bikram Yoga

Say oohhhmmm with Bikram yoga in Glasgow’s West End or Southside and get your Zen on with these unique classes. If you haven’t heard of it before, Bikram yoga is yoga in forty-degree heat – and although this sounds barking mad to us chilly-weathered Scots – Bikram helps strengthen core muscles, improve blood flow and detox your body after one too many nights at the union.


Free Walks & Activities With Park Lives

From powerwalking and yoga to even Tai Chai, Park Lives runs a myriad of varied and team based activities to get the heart rate elevated at multiple gorgeous locations across the city, including south side favourites Bellahousten and Queen’s Park.



What’s better than bouncing around on giant trampolines with your pals? Trampolining is becoming more and more popular in Glasgow with a number of parks around the city including Ryze, Air Space and Flip Out.



People Make Glasgow 

Moved into halls or a wee flat and don’t have space for your bike? People Make Glasgow offers a bike-hiring service for only a few pennies, making cycling through the park on a sunny Sunday or racing up the road to a 9am lecture both easy and affordable.



Get your groove on by shaking your booty at dance classes across the city, including Dance Glasgow. From Ballroom to Bellydance, there’s something for everyone.



Looking for a canine companion that’ll making jogging less of an ordeal? Sign up for Borrow My Doggy and help out locals by walking their dogs and getting in shape at the same time. You’ll get to run around with furry companions all the while unknowingly getting remarkably fit and healthy – it’s a win-win. Plus it only costs a cheeky tenner for an annual membership.

How are you planning on keeping fit this year? Give us a shout with your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter. Looking for advice and discounts on the best gyms in Scotland? Don’t forget to grab your VIP ticket to this year’s Freshers’ Fest.

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Top 10 Independent Fashion Boutiques in Glasgow

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed trendsetter, or an art student looking for inspiration, Glasgow is home to a myriad of hidden gems that each play their part in weaving the fabric of the nation’s fashion. You could be partial to the odd vintage get-up or keen on budget-friendly couture, but wherever your passion lies, our dear green city is sure to satisfy with the latest styles from across the globe. So to help you stay a la mode this summer, we’ve hand selected the top ten independent fashion boutiques in Glasgow.



Huddled in the heart of the city’s famously stylish West End, Pampas boasts contemporary womenswear with diverse pieces from our own turf in Britain as well as an array of luxury international brands including Bella Freud, Pinko and Religion.

78/80 Hyndland Road Glasgow G12 9UT



A pioneer of Glasgow’s independent fashion outlets, Solo has been dressing the city in its finest since 1984. The store is home to casual wear, sporting cute jumpers, t-shirts and blouses as well as chic work wear, maxi dresses and party frocks.

181 Hyndland Road, Glasgow, G12 9HT


Glorious Clothing

Neighbour to a number of the West End’s independent shops, including Valhalla’s Goat and Mixed Up Records, Glorious Clothing is a small vintage shop specialising in styles from the 1940s onwards, including one of a kind fur coats, heels and ties. Perfect if you’re looking for a unique piece at an affordable price.

496 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 9B


Zu Zu

Adorning the Southside with the latest trends and elite designs, Zu Zu is a petite find that champions distinctive European brands such as Masai Clothing, Sandwich and Bohemia. The ideal choice for high quality yet durable clothing.

 146 Busby Rd, Clarkston, Glasgow G76 8BH



No matter your age or gender, Cruise is equipped with designer brands and tailored ensembles for a wide range of styles as well as offering gorgeous accessories, from bags and belts to fragrances and jewelry.

180 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DN


Eco Chic Boutique

Eco Chic Boutique does what it says on the label – showcasing eco, vintage and handmade garments from local designers and crafters with an emphasis on organic products and environmentally friendly materials.

45 High Street, Glasgow, G1 1LX



If you’re looking for something a little different, or keen for a makeover, Parrucche’s niche is boutique wigs and luxury hair products for men, women and trans people. Featuring inspiring stories from their customers, Parrucche invites Glasgow to explore cosmetics and headwear with their experienced consultants.

41 Virginia Street, Glasgow G1 1TS


Fat Buddha

With an edgy and eclectic mix, reflecting on youth trends, spray paint, gadgets and footwear, Fat Buddha offers some of the most dynamic and versatile menswear in the city.

81 Queen St, Glasgow G1 3DA


Wish Frockstorock

Off to a graduate ball or Christmas party at the union? Wish Frockstorock features elegant prom dresses, gowns and bespoke pieces for all types of events.

266 Clyde St, Glasgow G1 4JH


Pink Poodle

A popular boutique close to Byers Road, Pink Poodle focuses on 50s style to contemporary clothing, eccentric jewelry with modern, minimal design and quirky gifts and accessories. Its vibrant prints and boho garb are a firm favourite among Glasgow Uni students.

5-21 Cresswell Lane Glasgow G12 8AA


Have we missed any of your fave boutiques? Give us a shout on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to keep an eye out for the city’s best retailers at Freshers’ Fest this year.

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Grab Glasgow’s No.1 Freshers Wristband!

As the new academic year rolls around once again, both seasoned students and the eager newbies alike don their glad rags and hit the town to join much anticipated freshers celebrations. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be psyched to get your mitts on heaps of freebies and boogie with your clan until the wee hours.

Well this year’s Freshers Fringe guarantees not only to keep your tummies and bank balance full, but also the chance for students across Scotland to revel in a TWO-WEEK exclusive offering of 60+ freebies, discounts, goodies, club nights and exciting events, guaranteeing the biggest and best fiesta of the year. So whether you’re a foodie fanatic, film buff, party animal or gym bunny – there’s something for everyone.

Keen to know exactly what is included in your Freshers Fringe wristband? Nabbing one of these bad boys will get you tonnes of FREE pizza courtesy of Papa John’s and Firewater, free entry to BAaD’s Backyard Party and Cinema showings as well as free entry to Glasgow’s coolest clubs including Firewater, Buff Club, Shed, Garage and Cathouse. A fan of cash prizes and hefty discounts? Firewater are also offering a £500 cash prize for their pub quiz and LP Records giving 15% off all vinyl with a free tote bag on orders over £20.

Not only that but you’ll get to gobble down delicious free and discounted grub from the likes of Chaakoo, Topolabamba and 13th Note (with scrummy vegan friendly dishes), score entry to the Big Feed Street Food Festival and look your best with discounts on beauty treatments and gym memberships – with the cherry on top of your freshers cake being your paid Uber home – with a whopping £10 off your first ride.

Your wristband will also gain you Q-SKIP entry to the highlight of the Freshers Fringe – the Freshers Festival, a two-day long event with an eclectic showcase of the fiercest attractions and brands in the city and unique interactive opportunities for networking, careers and personal development.

Some Freshers Fringe Wristband highlights:

  • Free Papa John’s pizza for every wristband holder;
  • Free entry to Glasgow’s best nightclubs including Buff Club, Cathouse,. Firewater and the Garage;
  • Free entry to the Just Eat student food event;
  • Free entry to Sweat! Union Gym;
  • Free cinema night at Barra’s Art and Design;
  • Buy one get one free burritos;
  • £10 off Uber; and
  • Free entry to the Big Eat Street Food Fest to name a few…

And there’s lots, lots more still the be announced!

Be sure to keep up to date and in the know about what is happening around Glasgow through our partners Glasgow Living. It’s a must read site for any new and returning students in the city.

And as if that’s not enough, we’re offering early bird tickets at a crackin’ bargain, reduced from £20 to a cheeky tenner! Wristbands can be posted out to your humble abodes for a small fee, or picked up from the Ticket Scotland office in Glasgow or Edinburgh. What’s not to love?

So get ready to gather your clan in Scotland’s favourite city for a month-long party and experience Glasgow at its finest. Make sure to keep up with the latest Fringe chat and news on Facebook and Twitter and keep your eyes peeled here for more announcements and latest events!

So grab your Early Bird Wristband from Ticket Scotland here or email [email protected] with any queries.

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Teetotal? Glasgow’s Best Venues for Sober Nights

Though it may seem like most social gatherings for students revolve around raucous games of ring of fire, with the predictable phrase ‘down it freshaaaa’ ricocheting off the shared kitchen walls with a fierceness that will haunt your dreams, drinking is not the be all and end all to a memorable university experience. And since many of us don’t drink for religious, health or personal reasons, we’ve decided to collate the best venues in Glasgow for sober nights – cheers!


The Stand

You hardly need to be sipping from a salted rim to enjoy salt of the earth Glaswegian stand up, something that is showcased in abundance at The Stand, the West End’s most popular venue for cheap mid-week bants. Tuesday night’s Red Raw sees tickets for as little as £2 and heaps of hilarious acts, from newbies to seasoned comedians including Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges.

333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3 6NG


Glasgow Film Theatre

A cherished grandparent to the city’s independent cinema scene, Glasgow Film Theatre first opened its doors in 1939 and has since unleashed an eclectic assortment of blockbuster, indie and cult classics on Scotland’s most avid film buffs. Slurp down a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate in front of a flick for a laid back, cosy post-lecture hang.

12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB


Wild Cabaret

If you’ve ever watched Chicago or Burlesque then stepping into Wild Cabaret for the first time invokes memories of Renee Zellweger’s red lips and flapper dresses and Cher’s bronzed cheekbones, but instead of hourglass pop stars and mid-western accents you’re met with heavy Glaswegian slang, drag and feather bowers. Sup a mocktail and bask in the entertainment, from cheap mid week shows with local talent to glamorous weekend acts from around the globe.

18 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1LD


Blue Dog


Easily recognised as one of the best cocktail bars in the city, as well as quenching the thirst of gin and whisky lovers alike, Blue Dog offers delicious mocktails and smoothies with lashings of tropical fruit floating in sharp and sweet flavours. Their Mock Turtle is the ideal accompaniment to their live piano and comfy booths on a Saturday night.

151 W George St, Glasgow G2 2JJ


Nice n’ Sleazy  

Music lovers and tee-totalers rejoice! Nice n’ Sleazy hosts nightly gigs with local and international artists, bangin’ burritos and weekly mocktails. Grab a booze free white russian and settle down for Monday night open mics, or munch down their vegan and vegetarian Mexican delights. This chilled out joint is a favourite among students and the perfect watering hole for alcohol free goodies.

421 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG


Where’s your go-to haunt for a teetotal night out? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re keen for a booze free fiesta then don’t forget to grab your tickets for this year’s Freshers’ Fest.

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Where to Find the Sweetest Summer Treats in Glasgow

Whether basking in the sizzling sunshine at the Botanics on the rare occasions the sun makes an appearance, or grabbing a mid-afternoon snack to cool you down when it’s overcast and muggy, we hardly need an excuse to indulge in sugary offerings and appease our sweet tooth. So to let you have your cake and eat it, we’ve sampled the most mouth-watering finds from all corners of the city, to gift you with where to find the sweetest summer treats in Glasgow.


Slushy Cocktails at Vodka Wodka  

Fan of the classic Slush Puppy? Vodka Wodka’s slushy cocktails induce nostalgic 90s memories of trips to shopping arcades, when you’d beg your mum for a plastic cup of the liquid candy, resulting in unexpected brain freeze and a blue tongue as evidence of your efforts. Well this concoction has an adult-twist, with lashings of alcohol but with the same sweet taste, best enjoyed on sunny days in their popular beer garden.

31-35 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ


Doughnuts at Tantrum Doughnuts

Pillowy, soft and shiny glazed hand crafted doughnuts. What’s not to love? Though not considered to be attributed to any particular season, doughnuts are the perfect vehicles for transporting chocolate and other goodies into our tummies. Eclectic flavours include pistachio and hibiscus and double blueberry and white chocolate.

27 Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G3 8RD


Bubble Tea at Waffle Monster

In case you’re not familiar with bubble tea, it derives from the Taiwanese tea-based drink from Taichung and often contains tea mixed with fruit or milk to which chewy tapioca balls are added, creating the ‘bubble’ texture and appearance. A refreshing alternative to an iced coffee on a warm day, bubble tea is a sweet elixir best found on Sauchiehall Street’s Waffle Monster. Accompany this unique bevvy with one of their chewy waffles and you’re onto a winner.

381 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3HU


Freakshakes at Black Vanilla

Glasgow’s first ever ‘cereal bar’, Black Vanilla prides itself on hand crafted confectionaries, candies and cereals with their massive milkshakes being one of the highlights. Looking like they’ve escaped from the set of Willy Wonka, these milkshakes include pick n’ mix, marshmallows and cake.

553 Duke St, Glasgow G31 1DL


Ice Cream at Valentini’s

A south side favourite, Valentini’s brings you traditional ice cream in an array of wacky flavours, including Irn Bru, Jaffa Cake and Scottish Tablet. Sunny or not, it’s always worth a visit for these mind-boggling taste sensations and creamy delights.

190 Fenwick Rd, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 6UE

Where’s your fave place to indulge in sweet treats? Give us a shout with your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to get your tummies along to Freshers’ Fest this year for a diverse selection of culinary delicacies.




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11 Weird Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Glasgow

Brimming with cosmopolitan and multicultural vibes, Glasgow is an eccentric city that prides itself on a multitude of iconic landmarks and historical haunts. From the sand stone peaks of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to the teetering tomb stones of the east end’s famous Necropolis, this city knows no bounds when it comes to celebrating art, culture and heritage. But what about the offbeat happenings hidden in its lesser known nooks and crannies? If you’re game for a taste of Glasgow’s more unusual offerings, here are eleven weird things you didn’t know you could do in this wonderful city.


Dress burlesque at Club Noir

Keen to explore the tantalising burlesque scene in Glasgow? Look no further than Club Noir, the world’s biggest burlesque club. Hosted every three months at Glasgow’s O2 Academy, the event is not for the faint hearted, showcasing wild burlesque and cabaret acts, themed nights and DJs.


Pick up antiques at Relics

If you’re interested in exploring Glasgow’s past and the stories of its previous inhabitants, or you simply like the look of a good old grandfather clock, Relics is the place to be. Tucked away down Dowanside Lane, this gem offers antiques from the city spanning multiple centuries, with rare finds often going for only a few pennies.


Take a jaunt to Crookston Castle

Only a 10-minute walk from Crookston train station in Glasgow’s South Side, this castle is a hidden gem that’s often overlooked by locals and tourists, making its ancient quality and rich history more magical. Parts of the castle’s ruins date back to the 12th century, and it was rumoured that Mary Queen of Scots was betrothed there under a yew tree to her second husband Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. You can go inside and see the master’s chambers, the great hall, guest apartments and climb to the top of the castle for incredible views across the Pollock area.


Visit the Monuments of Strathclyde Vikings

Glasgow’s Govan Stones are part of a unique collection of early medieval stones, carved circa 9th-11th century. These powerful stones pay tribute to the ancient rules of the Kingdom of Strathclyde and they stand as one of the city’s most significant historical finds.


Climb to new heights

Having transformed an old Ibrox church into a climbing centre, Glasgow Climbing Centre provide unique ways to enjoy climbing adventures while in the heart of the city’s historical buildings. You can even abseil from the church spire. Yikes!


Zip Slide Across the Clyde

If you’re a bit of thrill seeker who’s game for raising money for charity, you can do just that by zip sliding across the Clyde! Why not do it this year by supporting Alzheimer Scotland and signing up for their next zip slide here.


Discover Hidden Mines

Situated in Coatbridge, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life showcases the complexities of Glasgow’s Industrial past. Take an old fashioned tram around the site and marvel at the historical cottages (some dating back to the 1840s) and take a trip underground into the mines to glimpse what life was like for the hardiest industrial workers.


See the World Through Wooden Eyes

If creepy clown puppets aren’t your thing then maybe you should give The World Through Wooden Eyes a miss. But if not, this collection offers a fascinating view into the world of hand made puppets, masks and wood carving. You can even take workshops in puppet sculpture and nab tickets for rare performances of Pushkin Tales.


Stargaze at the Botanics

Join astronomy fans from every corner of the city and gather on a regular basis to take part in Stars Over the Botanics, run by the starry-eyed folks at Astronomical Society of Glasgow and Glasgow Uni.


Grab a brewery tour and tasting at Drygate

Venture through the panoramic glass wall and discover how one of Glasgow’s best craft beer breweries cultivates its creations. Learn about the brewing process in the city’s historical brewing quarter and quench your thirst with a delicious expert tasting.


Take a Clyde Cruise by River Bus

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you can take to the water with a clyde cruise from the city centre to Braehead, and tour the city by boat. Jump aboard during summer time and see the city from a fresh perspective.

To get a glimpse of what Glasgow has to offer be sure to get involved with the Freshers Fringe, a collection of the best events, nights out and giveaways for all students. From club nights and drinks events to employment seminars, coffee roasting masterclasses, gigs and more it’s got something for everyone.

What’s your fave thing to do in the city? Join the chat on Facebook and Twitter.

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Why Glasgow is the Best City for International Students

If you’ve landed on Glaswegian turf for the first time, you’ll no doubt be eager to discover Scotland’s greatest city and surf the wave of the second largest student population in the UK. Although many of our studious compadres find their homes locally or nationally, Glasgow welcomes thousands of international students each year, reveling in the diversities they bring. So to ignite your pride for this fine city and to welcome undergrads and postgrads alike, here are the reasons why Glasgow is the best city for international students.


It’s Multi-Cultural Vibes

For years the dear green place has been an emblem of diversity, encompassing folks from near and far and regularly celebrating the cosmopolitan cogs of its cultural machine. Not only has Glasgow been voted the friendliest city in the UK ahead of Newcastle and Liverpool, but also it prides itself on being home to a vast myriad of languages, cultures and beliefs. The Glasgow Mela Festival held in Kelvingrove Park is an annual event that celebrates the city’s multi-culturalism, featuring music, including Indian dance troupes and African drummers, entertainment, food and drink. For the rest of the year, if you’re looking for sensational sounds or tasty grub, you can visit a number of the city’s international clubs and restaurants such as the African & Caribbean Centre, The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre and Glasgow’s very own Chinatown.


Universities Accommodate Non-English Native Speakers

All Glasgow based universities welcome and support international students, with long-established Study Abroad and exchange programmes and help for non-English native speakers, including classes that aid applicants with English language requirements and liberal use of dictionaries in exams. Most universities also provide support with visas, accommodation, travel and scholarships.


Cheap Living Costs


Though the prospect of studying in Paris or London may seem enticing, the living costs alone in these cities mean it’s virtually impossible to rustle up any disposable income for post class frolics, unless of course your parents are rich AF or you’re luck enough to have nabbed a hefty student loan. Glasgow on the other hand offers better equality accommodation at a fraction of the price as well as opportunities to get involved in arts, culture and entertainment scenes that would rival a number of major European cities. If you’re keen to learn more about accommodation and living costs, have a peek at this useful guide.

Be sure to visit our Freshers Festival event in September to meet with many accommodation providers who can provide more information on private lets and Halls of Residences.


International Societies


Not only do Glaswegian universities provide support through official services, but also many have cultivated unique communities by means of International Societies, providing a gateway through which new students from near and far can gather to make new pals and navigate the city together. These societies introduce members to the city’s cultural facets and regularly organise social events like pub nights and outings and provide free food at its gatherings.

Are you an international student living in Glasgow? Let us know what your experiences have been like in this fine city! Join the chat on Facebook and Twitter.