World’s friendliest city*

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. In 2019, Glasgow was ranked 8th best city in the world by Time Out.

Here are some things about Glasgow you need to know if you’re thinking about studying at RCS.

*Rough Guides 2016 and Time Out 2019


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 is easy to get around on foot and the city’s transport links are great.  The underground system and bus network are ideal for touring the city and the two main train stations are only a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Edinburgh is only 45 minutes away and London around five hours by train, or an hour by air. Glasgow International Airport is just 20 minutes from the city centre and Glasgow Prestwick is within 45 minutes, offering flights to most major European cities.

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