What to Expect as a New Student in Glasgow

Home to 60,000 students, Glasgow is perhaps the most diverse city in Scotland with a contagious energy that’s hard to miss. New students may take some time getting used to the city’s many quirks, which is why we’re here to speed up the process. Here’s what to expect as a new student in Glasgow:

1. Super-Friendly People

There’s a reason Rough Guide readers voted Glasgow as the world’s friendliest city in 2014. The locals are extremely amiable and easy to talk to! Keep your eyes & ears open for a plethora of interesting stories and exciting experiences waiting to be discovered. An open mind and friendly vibe will help you feel right at home!

2. Watch Out for Irn Bru

Irn Bru is to Scotland what Coca-Cola is to the rest of the world. This carbonated soft drink is often called “Scotland’s other national drink”, after good old whiskey, of course! From toddlers to grannies, everyone loves their orange bottle of soda here. In fact, Scotland is one of the only countries in the world where Coca-Cola is not the bestselling soda brand, and this is purely because of Irn Bru magic.

3. Budget Shopping

Glasgow’s retail scene is a dream come true for those short on cash but high on life. The city’s West End has a line of second-hand shops where you can discover exquisite, pre-owned treasures. Check out the Glasgow Vintage Company, Mr Ben Retro Clothing, Starry Starry Night, Glorious, and more! The best part? Flash your student ID to score additional discounts!

4. Cheesy Chips is Life

Cheesy chips are the go-to snack of every student in the city so it’s only a matter of time before they become a staple in your diet. Every takeaway joint worth their salt offers this cheap and sinfully delicious snack. Make sure to try them with both kinds of cheese and turn them upside down so the chips can soak in all the cheesy goodness.

5. Epic Music Scene

Known as the UNESCO City of Music, Glaswegians live and breathe music. On an average, the city hosts 130 music events every week. The venue can be as massive as the Royal Concert Hall or a quaint little cafe featuring the new indie band in town. The city has given birth to legendary bands like Franz Ferdinand, Simple Minds, Deacon Blue, and more. Your weekends here will definitely involve attending a gig or two!

Life as a new student in Glasgow is truly unmatched. If you’re lucky enough to study here, make sure to find a student accommodation that’s not just close to campus but also to the city’s bustling social and cultural scene. Pack your bags, flash your best smile, and let Glasgow embrace you!


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