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Student Housing Guide: Glasgow 2022
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Student Housing Guide: Glasgow 2022

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May 10, 2021
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Scenic Night view of Clyde in Glasgow
The city for your kingdom!

Glasgow is a densely populated city in the United Kingdom, ranking third in terms of population. It is situated on the banks of the River Clyde. Well-known for its Victorian architecture, the city offers a lot of options to explore. Right from museums to galleries, including the interesting attractions like the Clydeside Distillery for an unusual experience, It is no surprise that the city is fourth on the list of the most visited cities in the UK. Owing to the high number of educational institutes, you’ll find a lot of students residing in Glasgow. University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University are some of the popular universities here. A lot of hustle and bustle takes place here owing to multiple cultural activities and even the nightlife is eventful. Students can enjoy all this during their time off. In spite of the colder weather, Glasgow is one of the prime locations for international students. The city is well-connected by transport systems like metro, bus, train and even ferry. There are many accommodation options in Glasgow close to the university and colleges. The rent is reasonable.

Popular Locations for Accommodation


Finnieston is your best bet if you need a prime location near the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. It is also located at the centre of the main shopping district, the River Clyde and Kelvingrove Park which means you’ll never be short of anything you require. But on the downside, you’ll have to bear the higher cost of the rent.


A fashionable place located at the West End filled with restaurants, pubs and bars. Hillhead is just a few minutes walk away to the University of Glasgow. Because of the demand for this place, the rent prices in Hillhead are among the highest for a student in Glasgow.

City Centre

City centre gets you main shops, supermarkets, transport hubs, bars and restaurants all on your doorstep. With that comes high rent, but on the bright side, you will have all of the benefits of city-centre living.


Looking for a cheaper place to stay and has a lot going for it. It is a good location for students going to the University of Glasgow. It is filled with supermarkets and some great pubs and local shops too should you need them.

Patrick and Denistoun are some other good places to stay. Now that you have selected on a place, you need to select the right accommodation. 

Housing Options

When it comes to students living in Glasgow there are 2 types of accommodation on-campus and off-campus.


Students will be able to embed themselves in their college experience by living on-campus. They have different types of rooms from single rooms and shared rooms to ensuites to 1 bedroom apartments.


PBSA stands for purpose-built student accommodation, which is developed and constructed by private developers exclusively for university students. Living in a PBSA has a number of benefits. Typically, all utility bills are included in the rent, and some even provide laundry service, lowering your monthly expenses even further.

HMO stands for "House in Multiple Occupation." A residence with 'common spaces' used by several households is referred to as a 'home of multiple occupancies' in British English. College or university students reside in dorms, sometimes known as dormitories. In dorm rooms, bunk beds are standard. There are two, three, four, or even six beds available.

En-suites: These rooms have a bedroom area and a private bathroom. However, you do not have access to your kitchenette or cooking facilities. In the ensuite room, all of the residents share a kitchen.

Non-en-suites: Here, you'll get your room with a communal bathroom. It's not quite the same as having your bathroom. You'll have a bed and a safe place to sleep, but you'll have to share the bathroom with one or more of your housemates.

Studios: The main section serves as a study, living room, and bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet separate.

Generally, on-campus accommodations are limited in number and also relatively expensive as compared to off-campus accommodations and also have restrictions in place. Most international students applying for higher studies opt for off-campus accommodation to save extra Rental Costs as this is a major part of the total living expense.

Security is an important aspect of choosing an accommodation. Some housing societies provide additional security by gating its premises and prohibiting entry to outsiders. Automatic burglar alarms are also an additional feature you can look for safety.

Before Moving In

Commuting: Ensure that there is a Bus Stop as one of the transport services in the city to make commuting hassle free.

Safety: Nowadays, most of the housing areas have additional security. Gated communities do not allow entry to outsiders.

Cultural barriers: The dialect can seem a bit fast at the beginning. You can ask the person to speak slowly or repeat (most of the people are friendly).

Leasing Terms

  • Deposit: It is a security fee that is paid to the landlord in terms of a fixed amount of money. Deposit is refundable at the end of your stay tenure subject to the contract terms. Average amount of deposit is usually about £150 to £400.
  • Admin Fee: Selective apartment owners levy this charge on the renters. It is a non-refundable amount of about £150.
  • Lease Duration: Generally a 1-year lease is given preference by the - property managers. Even a 6-month lease may be considered by landlords. The option of a short-term lease of 3 months is also available with some property managers. Usually a longer leasing period will significantly reduce your monthly rent amount. Abandoning a lease can mean serious financial and legal consequences.
  • Guarantor: You can avail the option of paying in installments only if you have a guarantor. A lease guarantor acts as a third party to help provide security in terms of the rental. If you pay the rent in full at the beginning of the tenancy, you will not be required to provide a guarantor.
  • Cancellation Policy: Most of the property owners allow you to cancel the booking within 3-14 days of the date of booking. If you cancel your booking after those 3-14 days, you may have to pay weekly rent (for each and every week or part week) until the room can be re-let. In case the property management and the student is unable to find a replacement, then eventually the student will have to pay the whole amount of rent as per the contract signed by them.
  • Pet Charges: Generally pets are not allowed, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
  • Booking Charges: This is usually the deposit amount that the landlord is charging. The total cost that you may end up paying at the time of booking (if admin fee is charged) is as follows: Deposit + Admin Fee.
  • Number of Tenants: The max number of people who can stay in an apartment is mostly mentioned in the apartment guidelines. Generally, one student stays in a single room. In some cases, studio apartments allow couples to share a room, provided they’re both students.
  • Document Requirements: Generally, you may be asked to produce a copy of your University Admit Card. Other than that, no document is required.

Cost of living

Here are the approximate costs of the basics you need to spend upon:

Food – £200

Entertainment and social activities – £100

Travel (local) – £33

Clothes and toiletries – £60

Other expenses e.g. haircut – £40

Note: Glasgow is 151.52% less expensive than London.


Glasgow is a great location if you want to explore the rest of the UK as well. It’s just a 20-minutes drive from the city centre to the nearest airport. So, flying away to nearby countries for a trip is as easy as it gets.

Glasgow is one of the closely packed cities in Scotland where you can get anywhere on foot. However, there are quite a few public as well as private transportation options which you can check out for travelling around Glasgow.

Buses and trains are available frequently at discounted tickets available for students. A student bus pass can cost you approximately £330 and will grant you unlimited travel around Glasgow every day of the academic year.

1. Bus

Among the other major bus operators, “First Glasgow” is considered to be the principal bus operator in the city which offers regular bus service. However, there are also other major bus operators who also run bus services in the city. Here are the names of the other major bus operators: Stagecoach Glasgow, Glasgow City Bus and McGill’s Bus Services.

You can buy a bus ticket directly while boarding the bus provided that you have the exact change required. However, purchasing a ZoneCard would be a conveniently good option if you plan on using public transport regularly.

One day pass (For Bus, Train and subway): £2.70

Single Adult ticket (To any station): £1.40

Yearly pass (For Bus, Train and subway): £450

Monthly pass (For Bus, Train and subway): £50

2. Subway

The Glasgow subway is an easy way to get around the city quickly. Its route is on just one big circuit around the City Centre and West End of Glasgow with 15 stations to stop at. Glasgow’s subway is the 3rd oldest underground railway in the world. It covers only a single circular route with just 15 stations on the way. One could buy a regular single ticket, but purchasing a day ticket would be a better option. Fares of the Subway are the same as that of the city bus.

3. Train

Glasgow Queen Street station links Glasgow by rail to Edinburgh and north while the Glasgow central station operates routes mainly to the South.  Buying an SPT(Strathclyde Partnership for Transport) roundabout ticket will give you free unlimited access to travel by train for a day. These tickets can be purchased through either SPT travel centres or ScotRail.

4. Taxi

Glasgow taxis is a distinctive black 5-6 seaters cabs which operate in and around the city. The Glasgow taxi drivers are one of the friendliest drivers one could come across. You could flag down the taxi only if the taxi’s yellow light is one.
Note: Be aware of the fake ruby-coloured Glasgow Taxis.
Rates: One could get across the city for £6. Credit card payments are accepted for Glasgow Taxis.

Popular Apartments

Gibson Street

Gibson Street is one of the most popular student accommodation in Glasgow City Centre, providing students with a truly exceptional experience. Present near the River Clyde, you will find a wide range of stylish studios and two beds apartments on offer; all fully furnished with en-suite studio rooms and fitted kitchens.

Nido St James

Nido St James is one of the most popular student accommodation in Glasgow City Centre, providing students with a truly exceptional experience. Present near the River Clyde , you will find a wide range of stylish studios and two beds apartments on offer; all fully furnished with en-suite studio rooms and fitted kitchens.University of Glasgow is at a 10-minute and Glasgow Caledonian University is also at a nearby distance to the property that makes it a great student housing in Glasgow. You will find many Glasgow restaurants and bars in this popular area, not very far from Nido St James. 

Riverside Glasgow

For those students who want a private bathroom and kitchen, Riverside Glasgow's studios offer the perfect solution for independence and comfort! This brand-new Glasgow student accommodation, close to the University of Strathclyde, is located in an enviable location on the North Bank of the River Clyde in the heart of Glasgows shopping area.

Buchanan View

To experience the best student life, Buchanan view- located in Calgary street offers the best and comfortable cheap student accommodation in Glasgow. Buchanan view provides airy, convenient and spacious rooms with a quiet and peaceful environment to study. Students choosing to stay in Buchanan view will benefit from flexible payment terms, option to stay over summer.

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