Living in Glasgow

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Many of you will be coming to Glasgow for the first time and might not know very much about the city. If you’re looking for things to do and places to go, we’ll try to show you some at our events, but you can also check out The List, TripAdvisor or Yelp for some ideas. If you’re looking for a place to stay, we’ve got some resources to help you below.


Finding Somewhere to Stay

The University has one block of communal flats for postgrad students, but most people tend to go and find something themselves. Either in one of the several private student accommodation blocks or private rentals.

There are a number of private student accommodation buildings in and around the city centre. A few of these are listed below with links to the company websites.

A list of letting agency sites for private rentals in the Glasgow area are provided here. If you are looking for a private rental, check these out!


Council Tax Exemption

Did you know that as a postgrad at Strathclyde you are eligible for a council tax reduction (if living with non-students, including family) or complete exemption if living with other students? Council tax is expensive, and the Scottish Government doesn’t think students should have to pay it!

council taxTo apply for a council tax certificate, log into Pegasus, click on the Personal tab and then on Request council tax certificate. You will need to ensure your details are correct before generating the certificate. If you stay within the Glasgow City Council area the certificate can be submitted electronically from this page. Otherwise you can print one off and send it in to your local council.


Areas of Glasgow

This guide provides a short description of the central areas of Glasgow as well as a price range for renting there. Each price is per calendar month (pcm) for a 2 bedroom flat. Full-time students should be exempt from paying council tax and part-time students may be eligible for a discount. Certificates of student status can be obtained through Student Business.

City Centre

Areas on map: City Centre
Price Range: £575 – £1000 pcm

The city centre of Glasgow is the busiest area of the city, but is also one of the areas with most to offer. Living here allows proximity to hosts of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs, as well as good transport links elsewhere by bus, subway and rail. Glasgow airport is only a 25 minute bus journey away. The University of Strathclyde itself is situated here, so you’ll only be a short walk away.

Renting in the city centre can be more expensive than renting further afield, though the prices are much cheaper than the likes of Edinburgh, Aberdeen or London. Flats here tend to be more modern, though can be smaller than other areas of the city where space is not at as much of a premium.

West End

Areas on map: Hillhead, Woodlands, Yorkhill, Anderston, Partick, Hyndland
Price Range: £500 – £1200 pcm

The west end is Glasgow’s traditional student area. Home to Glasgow University, the west end boasts its own collection of cafes, fine dining and restaurants, and night life. Travel to the city centre is easy via subway, train from Partick station or any number of buses. If you fancy a walk it should take about 45 minutes.

Living in the west end is the most expensive as far as Glasgow goes, though can still be very affordable. The flats here are generally older and more expensive to heat than others, but you’re rewarded with high ceilings and larger rooms.

East End

Areas on map: Dennistoun, Bridgeton, Gallowgate, Parkhead
Price Range: £350 – £750 pcm

Historically, the east end contained a large proportion of Glasgow’s industry (notably, the Parkhead Forge steelworks), and also housed the thousands of families who made their living there. Now that the industry has moved on, these areas tend to be almost entirely residential. Housing varies greatly from area to area, with new build properties next to much older red sandstone tenements. Travel to and from the city centre can be made by bus, train from Bellgrove, Duke St or Alexandra Park stations, and walking will take approximately 20 minutes from Dennistoun and Gallowgate (Bridgeton and Parkhead, 40–50 minutes).

Living in the east end can be a bit of a mixed bag. Dennistoun is an up-and-coming popular student area relatively close to the city centre, and contains many new and old, spacious flats for a very affordable price. Gallowgate is also close to the city centre and hosts the famous Barrowlands music venue, but is considered a rougher area with a higher crime rate. Bridgeton and Parkhead both suffer from the same, as well the impact of football crowds travelling to Parkhead stadium, and so the prices here reflect that.

South Side

Areas on map: Tradeston, The Gorbals, Pollockshields, Ibrox
Price Range: £500 – £800 pcm

These areas of Glasgow are, again, mainly residential; some, after years of redevelopment. Ibrox and Pollockshields boast the same well-built red sandstone tenements found in many other parts of the city, while Tradeston and the Gorbals are significantly newer. Travel to the city centre is possible using subway or bus, and walking will take 20–45 minutes.

Living here you’ll get more space for your money, with flats being generally quite large. Ibrox does contain Ibrox stadium, home of Glasgow Rangers, and so has to cope with the impact of the football crowds.

North Glasgow

Areas on map: Port Dundas, Sighthill
Price Range: £400 – £650 pcm

The areas of Glasgow immediately north of the city centre are home to old factories and multiple high rise flats. Port Dundas is in the process of being redeveloped, though many older properties still remain. Sighthill is a housing estate within the larger area of Springburn. Travel is limited to bus and by foot, though the time to walk to the city centre is only 15–20 minutes.