10 Places for Freshers to Visit in Glasgow

Scotland’s second city is the capital’s cooler, more contemporary cousin – and is also home to thousands of culture-hungry students. From gigs to modern art, you’ll find it all here.


We asked The National Student writer George about his top spots in Glasgow – from botanical gardens to bars. Here are his recommendations…

1. Sauchiehall Street

Now one of the main shopping streets in the city centre, Sauchiehall Street has a long history. As well as hosting a whole load of shops, in 2016 it’s a mecca of student-centric bars and clubs – including some of the below…

2. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy

The atmospheric club – affectionately known as Sleazy’s – won’t fit many of you in, but those of you who do squeeze in between its poster-strewn walls will be rewarded with food in the day and DJs all night. What more do you need…?

3. Sub Club

The longest running underground dance club in the world, although it’s still pretty youthful – opening its doors in 1987, Sub Club is only just pushing 30. It can still rave with the best of them though. Some have called it Scotland’s most famous electronic music venue. Many would agree.

4. Flat 01

And this is where it starts to get truly underground. A club – in a flat, with all the amenities you’d expect from a half decent house party: resident DJs, a booze cupboard, questionable furniture.  As George says: “I can see what they did there.” Party round theirs, then?

5. 02 ABC

A converted cinema, now a live music space and club night venue, in a great location on the ever-buzzing Sauchiehall Street.

6. The Garage

The biggest nightclub in the whole of Scotland. We dance. We rock. We party. We going, or…?

7. Ashton Lane

George says: “Full of great places nightlife-wise, and just in general.” We’ll take that.

8. Hillhead Bookclub

And now for something a little bit more Sunday-friendly – because you might be in a city full of hipster edge, but sometimes you just need a place where you can hunker down with a retro computer game set-up, triumph in a game of ping-pong or even rummage through a vintage fair. Actually scratch that – this might be the most hipster of them all.

9. The Botanical Gardens

Ok, this one really will do for Sunday afternoon. Drink in the freshness. Mmm.

10. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

And finally, when all you need is a bit of art to pique your creative side. George says: “Kelvingrove is less stuffy than a lot of gallery/museums. It’s like a combination of both, so there’s art of all kinds.”


Where should you live in Glasgow? 

We have two exciting properties for students in Glasgow. The first, Firhill Court, offers 4 and b-bed ensuite flats, complete with 100mb WiFi, in stylish surroundings within walking distance of the city centre.

The second, Kelvingrove House, offers a mixture of luxury studios and ensuite apartments in the popular West End.

You’d better hurry though – rooms for this year are selling out fast!

We have a vast variety of offer that include discounts on essentials including gyms, restaurants and moving companies.