Culture capital of Scotland.
Second city of the empire.
People make Glasgow.
Dear green place.
Scotland has a rich artistic heritage and Glasgow is famed worldwide as a city of culture. Glasgow is many things to many people which explains why it is the UK’s second biggest student city, with over 130,000 students studying in Scotland’s most vibrant and creative hub. Here are some things about Glasgow you need to know if you’re thinking about studying at RCS.
Located in the heart of central Scotland, Glasgow is easy to travel to, with two international airports and train stations offering connections to the rest of the world. You can travel from Glasgow to London in one hour on a plane, Edinburgh is a 50-minute train ride away and Manchester is a three-hour drive from Scotland’s unofficial capital. The national park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is within a 45-minute drive of the city centre, with the breath-taking highlands and islands beyond.
Students will also find it easy and inexpensive to get around Glasgow. The city centre is small and compact; you can walk from one end of the city to the other in less than an hour. Transport links are excellent and some students use the famous Glasgow subway to get around the city quickly for a low cost. Most students walk or cycle to RCS each day, and Glasgow has a city-wide bike hire scheme.
Glasgow’s live music scene is legendary. Over 130 live music acts take place each week in Glasgow, with everything from contemporary to classical music gigs on your doorstep.
The city is also home to the national orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ensemble – all of whom have partnerships with RCS to allow our students to work alongside our professional neighbours. Outside of London, Glasgow is the largest music economy in the UK.
From the world-famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and the iconic Barrowlands Ballroom to the SSE Hydro (named as the fourth best entertainment venue in the world), Glasgow lives up to its reputation as Europe’s secret capital of music.
Culture and Nightlife
As a European City of Culture, Glasgow is rich in arts culture with numerous museums, galleries, theatres and creative hubs located around the city – with most museums free to enter. As a European City of Culture, Glasgow is rich in arts culture with numerous museums, galleries, theatres and creative hubs located around the city – with most museums free to enter.
One of only six UK cities included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Glasgow is home to Scottish Ballet, BBC Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Glasgow School of Art and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The city boasts one of the finest theatre scenes in Scotland with the Tron, the Citizens theatre and Theatre Royal just a stone’s throw from our campus. If you’re looking for something a bit quirkier, Glasgow’s West End is renowned for its vintage shops and independent music stores. The city is a shopper’s paradise and the Style Mile is always a popular spot at the weekends.
Food and drink is a big deal in Glasgow, and RCS is well placed amongst some of the best restaurants in Scotland. Named as the most vegan friendly city in the UK, Glasgow restaurants cater for all tastes. Student favourites include The Butterfly and the Pig, Mono and Tchai-Ovna. The city comes alive at night; choose from popular student haunts on Bath Street, the upmarket Merchant City or the fairy-light haven of Ashton Lane. From classic old-school pubs to underground techno clubs, Glasgow has it all.
Glasgow’s official slogan – People Make Glasgow – is the city’s mantra. Visitors from across the world comment on the legendary friendliness of Glaswegians and we like to make tourists feel like they are part of the city. Glasgow is exceptionally student friendly and home to a substantial student population of 80,000. Visit Glasgow to see what makes the city and the people so very special.
For students, Glasgow is an inexpensive city to live in. Student living costs in Glasgow – including accommodation – are estimated at £114.92 per week (RBS Student Living Index 2015). Liberty House, the RCS student accommodation, is only a ten-minute walk away from RCS so transport costs are low. Students also receive a free ticket to every RCS show held in our venues – this means free access to hundreds of performances each year.
“It’s impossible not to be awed by the vigour of Glasgow’s cultural life.” The Telegraph
“In Glasgow, the student population are welcomed and embraced by the people of the city. They eat, drink and party together and the mix of locals and students from the UK and across the world fuel the vibrant vital atmosphere of the UK’s greatest student city.” The Guardian
“Glasgow is regenerating and evolving at a dizzying pace…this city is edgy, modish and downright ballsy.” Lonely Planet