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Glasgow is a cultural power-house of music, creative arts and theatre

A city that blends the traditional with the cutting-edge, Scottish heritage with multi-cultural influences, and the grit with the glamour, Glasgow is a place like nowhere else.

Recognised as a City of Culture and a UNESCO City of Music, we believe there’s no better place to study the performing and production arts than right here in Glasgow.

City of Culture

The artistic vibe and creativity of Glasgow is apparent everywhere – from our many excellent museums and galleries to the vibrant street art and magnificent Victorian architecture that appears unexpectedly around every corner. There are dozens of theatres, concert halls, live music venues, pop-up events, fairs and festivals that cater for all possible tastes.

City of the arts

Every year the city is home to festivals including the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Celtic Connections, Bard in the Botanics, Tectonics Music Festival, Piping Live! and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.

There is always something exciting going on!

Glasgow: Gateway to the Highlands and Islands

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is located in the city centre of Glasgow nearby to the Theatre Royal, The Pavilion Theatre and the National Piping Centre. Glasgow is well linked to the rest of the UK by road and you can travel from Glasgow to London, Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam by plane in one hour.

Looking to explore the Highlands and Islands? Glasgow is in a great location for visiting the North of Scotland. The national park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is within a 45-minute drive of the city centre, with the breathtaking 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.

Why study in Glasgow?

  • In 2019, Glasgow was ranked world’s friendliest city and 8th best city in the world by Time Out. You’ll sure make lots of friends here!
  • There are more than 130,000 students, giving the city a vibrant and lively energy.
  • A UNESCO World City of Music, Glasgow is home to great music venues from the 13,000 seater SSE Hydro to the iconic and intimate King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. There’s also hundreds of music events every week from classical to rock.
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