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Universities in Glasgow

Which universities are in Glasgow? Discover location, transport and facility information for each uni.

Glasgow City Chambers and George Square in Glasgow, Scotland


  1. Why study in Glasgow?

  2. Entry requirements

  3. Transport links

  4. University of Glasgow

  5. University of Strathclyde

  6. Glasgow Caledonian University

Why study in Glasgow?

Glasgow is one of the UK's largest cities and has the second largest student population in the UK, with more than 185,000 students from 140 countries. As Scotland’s largest and most diverse city, it’s home to museums, galleries, music, comedy, films and the arts, as well as famous festivals such as Celtic Connections, 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from uni to uni and course to course – the best way to check what you need to get into your preferred course at each university is to use our course chooser and see what each course’s entry requirements are.

Transport links

Average train journey times from Glasgow

Birmingham 5 hours 15 minutes
Cardiff  10 hours 12 minutes
Edinburgh 1 hour 18 minutes
London 5 hours 30 minutes
Manchester 3 hours 25 minutes
Oxford 7 hours 40 minutes
Southampton 9 hours 16 minutes

It’s very quick and cheap to get around Glasgow thanks to the city’s subway nicknamed “The Clockwork Orange” because of its distinctive colour.

Glasgow has great transport connections and boasts three international airports within 45 minutes of the city centre: Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and Edinburgh Airport.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow has over 29,000 students. The university campus is surrounded by museums, galleries and parks and is located at the heart of the city's fashionable West End, which is packed with cafes, pubs and comedy clubs. The centre of the city is just two miles away easily accessed by subway, bus or on foot.


The main Gilmorehill campus is based in the West End of the city, within easy reach of the city centre. It’s a compact, campus-style environment with all the benefits of being in a major city.

The Dumfries campus is set in 85 acres of leafy parkland with stunning views to the Solway estuary and hills, proximity to hiking and cycling trails, rivers and lochs, and a walk or short bus ride to the historic town centre.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


This university offers world-class sporting facilities as well as one of the best libraries in Europe. Some of the facilities include a 25m swimming pool, synthetic all-weather pitches, grass pitches, tennis courts, a gym, two student unions, museum and art gallery and an enormous library over 12 floors.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Glasgow facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

University of Strathclyde

The university provides excellent industrial placements, scholarships and opportunities to study abroad. As a Strathclyde student you'll have a unique opportunity to spend up to one year of your degree studying at a partner university in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore or Japan. 


The University of Strathclyde is in Glasgow's city centre surrounded by supermarkets, an abundance of high street and second-hand shops, boutiques, restaurants, clubs, theatres, museums and more.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


The Students’ Union has bars and clubs to cater for all. There are also more than 50 active clubs and societies available to join. The Sports Union offers a wide range of facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness suite, sports halls and squash courts, dance studios, playing fields and access to team sports from football and rugby to athletics.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Strathclyde facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has campuses in London and New York and enjoys partnerships with leading institutions around the world. One of the unique factors of the university is that candidates pursuing undergraduate programmes can get hands-on work experience in their field of study.


The university is based in the heart of the city of Glasgow and has recently completed an investment of £30 million, providing students and staff access to modern careers and learning resources.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


The largest university facility of its type in Scotland, the refectory serves everything from a healthy breakfast to a hearty lunch at student-friendly prices. The learning cyber café, Real@Caledonian, is an attractive, friendly environment in which to work and relax. The area contains sofas, study desks and computer workstations for 190 students.

There’s a modern health and fitness centre that hosts numerous affordable classes and activities, and is home to the many University sports clubs, a hair salon and spa.

With the Sir Alex Ferguson Library at its hub, the modern, high-tech campus includes moving library shelves for easy access to books, “think pods” with whiteboards for group study, and private “inflatable igloo” study areas.

For more information on facilities, visit the Glasgow Caledonian University facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available.

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