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Where to live in Glasgow on a student budget?
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Where to live in Glasgow on a student budget?

Housing Tips
Feb 25, 2022
5 min

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Talk about smart living in Glasgow!

Glasgow - the largest city in Scotland -  is one of the most famous study abroad destinations in the United Kingdom. The fourth-largest city in the country, Glasgow boasts a vast natural beauty along the beautiful coast of the River Clyde and is full of parks and peaceful places

But what attracts students to Glasgow is its exceptional studying environment and a diverse curriculum set, which sets it apart and shoulder-to-shoulder to cities like London and Cambridge. The city is home to over 20,000 international students, making it even more challenging to navigate a student budget-centric living.  

And if you’re moving to Glasgow, It’s essential to get an insight into the costs of living, transportation costs, and other daily expenses beforehand. Let us depict everything you should know about living costs as a student in Glasgow.

Renting Cost

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Renting Cost for students in Glasgow varies as students put up their preferences. But, in general, the average rent in Glasgow is £84-112 per week to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Glasgow. This is roughly 151% less-expensive than those with similar amenities in London (Source- Numbeo).

You can explore many housing options covering Studios, shared accommodation, and the newly introduced and popular PBSA properties (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation). Meanwhile, students preferring to reside in a less-populated zone can live outside the city centre. 

On average, student accommodation outside Glasgow City Centre is £85-100 cheaper than those in the city centre. Students prefer staying in college dorms in their fresher year but are keen to move out to minimize expenses.


Glasgow is a well-connected city that will save a lot of time for you and your expenses. The city inhibits many coach and bus operators, the most popular one being FirstGroup. Those within the 16-18 years age group can offer numerous discounts and concessions on bus services. 

For instance, FirstBus offers an unlimited travel scheme where you’ll be required a 1-year card membership for £400. You can also avail of discounts on bus journeys using Young Scot cards, Citylink Student Discounts, or Glasgow PlusBus bus cards. 

For rail travel, students aged between 16-25 can get a Student Railcard for £30 and get up to ⅓ off on their travel and save up to £189 in a year.

Food and Eateries

Living in Glasgow as a student brings your eateries to two doorsteps- cooking your meal or eating out. While the former could be an investment, eating out at weekends is also a way to self-love. 

You can buy fresh produce from popular supermarkets such as Lidl, where the bulk items could be cheaply bought. The cost of buying daily items (groceries, toiletries, and other necessities) is £100-120 per month for a student. 

Some food shops like Roots, Fruits and Flowers offer student discounts. On the other hand, inexpensive restaurants like Bill's Glasgow Restaurant, Freddy & Hicks, and Soul Food Sisters are also great dine-out options. 

Where To Live In Glasgow As Students 

1. Kyle Park House

Kyle Park House, Glasgow student accommodation rooms

Kyle Park House - on Kyle Street - is a trendy student housing in Glasgow. The lane is present exceptionally well-connected to nearby areas of the city. This allows fellow travellers to swiftly switch lanes and travel to regions covering Townhead, George Square, and Port Dundas. 

Kyle Park House also adjoins its pathway to the city's leading University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and lies at a distance of a minute walk down the lane. This gives you ample headroom to travel to and from the campus and explore the city's other adjoining areas.

Price: ★★★★

Quality of houses: ★★★★

Travel Times: ★★★

Things to do: ★★ 

2. Buchanan View

Buchanan View, Rooms From £135 p/w, Glasgow

Buchanan View

Buchanan View student accommodation in Glasgow is a great property offering en-suite and apartments. The place boasts ample amenities, including a communal lounge, WiFi connection, a bed and 24/7 on-site staff. 

Buchanan view is a 5-minute walk to Glasgow Caledonian University and a 12-minute walk to the University of Strathclyde. There are several train stations and bus stops within a 15-minute walking distance which are further supported by numerous restaurants and recreation parks located within a 20-minute walking distance. 

Price: ★★★

Quality of houses: ★★★★★

Travel Times: ★★★

Things to do: ★★

3. Vita Student Glasgow

Vita West End, Glasgow | Student Accommodation

Set in the West End Center, Vita Student housing Glasgow brings you complimentary amenities covering all needs like kitchen & bedroom pack-upon arrival, regular cleaning services, laundry, high-speed WiFi, and the grab-and-go breakfast. 

Moreover, the Vita Student Accommodation is also located near significant locations of Glasgow. The University of Glasgow is a 10-minutes walk away, and the Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde are a short ride away.

Price: ★★★

Quality of houses: ★★★

Travel Times: ★★★★★

Things to do: ★★★★

4. Gallery Apartments

Gallery Apartments, Glasgow | Book Now for 22/23!

Gallery Apartments is an all-rounder student accommodation. The apartment provides studio rooms and apartments with many add-on services like Wi-Fi connection, desk & chair and CCTV security. This famous studio flat in Glasgow also offers 24/7 on-site staff available at the beck and call of students.

Additionally, Gallery apartments also bring a culmination of delicious eatery options such as  The Wee Curry Shop, Opium, McDonald's, among others. Glasgow International College, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde are the nearest universities here. You can hop on a train ride via Glasgow Queen Central or choose a bus ride from Killermont Street bus stop. 

Price: ★★★★

Quality of houses: ★★★★

Travel Times: ★★

Things to do: ★★

5. True Glasgow

Inside Glasgow's coolest student accommodation with UK's first  helter-skelter slide - Glasgow Live

True Glasgow is what you call authentic comfy living. Large space, study zone, 24-hour concierge service, sky lounges and Free fitness classes are the handful amenities of the diverse student living Glasgow experience.

True Glasgow student accommodation Glasgow is located 6-minutes from Glasgow School of Art, 10-minutes distance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and 15-minutes from the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University. With plenty of restaurants, breweries, and shopping centers, Ture Glasgow is what you could call the ultimate location for the best student accommodation in Glasgow.

Price: ★★★

Quality of houses: ★★★★★

Travel Times: ★★★

Things to do: ★★★★

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