University of Glasgow, a complete university guide

Written by Sarah Mukaddam

An engineer turned content writer, Sarah is a self-proclaimed bookworm. Armed with a keen sense of story and the gift of the gab, she works as a content writer at UniAcco.

April 8, 2020

Located in Glasgow, Scotland, the University of Glasgow is a public research university. It is the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities and was founded by papal bull in 1451. Along with the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St Andrews, this university was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century.

Following universities of the pre-modern era, Glasgow initially educated students primarily hailing from wealthy backgrounds. It, however, became a leader in British higher education in the 19th century by providing for the of students from the growing urban and commercial middle class also. Glasgow University helped students by preparing them for professions such as civil service, law, teaching, medicine, and the church. It also taught smaller but growing numbers of students for careers in science and engineering. It is a member of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, Universitas 21 and the Russell Group.

Here’s a uni guide to help you through.

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Glasgow G12 8QQ, United Kingdom

The university was initially located in the city’s High Street; since 1870, its main campus has been at Gilmorehill in the City’s West End. Additionally, several university buildings are located elsewhere, such as the Veterinary School in Bearsden, and the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.


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The university is situated in an ideal location which is at a comfortable walking distance from any form of commute that you choose. 

  • Railways
    • Hillhead Subway station
    • Kelvinbridge Subway station
    • Kelvinhall Subway station
  • Roadways
    • University Library (Stop ID: 45234837 & 45235975)
    • University Union (Stop ID: 45234657 & 45237843)
    • Boyd Orr building (Stop ID: 45238326 & 45238626)


  • Schools
    • Adam Smith Business School
    • Dental School
    • School of Chemistry
    • School of Computing Science
    • School of Critical Studies
    • School of Culture & Creative Arts
    • School of Education
    • James Watt School of Engineering
    • School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
    • School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan
    • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • School of Law
    • School of Life Sciences
    • School of Mathematics & Statistics
    • School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
    • School of Modern Languages & Cultures
    • School of Physics & Astronomy
    • School of Psychology
    • School of Social & Political Sciences
    • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Research Institutes
      • ArtsLab Glasgow
      • Institute of Animal Health, Biodiversity and Comparative Medicine 
      • Institute of Cancer Sciences
      • Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences
      • Institute of Health & Wellbeing
      • Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation
      • Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
      • Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology
      • Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology
      • Institute of Health & Wellbeing
  • Colleges
    • College of Arts
    • College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
    • College of Science & Engineering
    • College of Social Sciences

Popular Courses:

  • Economics
  • MBA
  • Law

Glasgow University entry requirements:

  • Undergraduate 
    • Scottish Highers
    • Widening participation: adjusted Highers entry requirements
    • A-Levels
    • UCAS tariff points
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Alternative qualifications
    • BTEC Entry Requirements
    • Mature students
    • SQA Higher National Qualifications: HNC or HND
    • Age of qualifications
    • Access Programmes
    • Interviews and admissions tests
    • Graduate applicants
    • University transfer
    • Extenuating circumstances
    • Non-academic factors affecting admissions decisions
    • Criminal Convictions Policy
    • Exam re-marks/appeals
    • Combining A levels and Highers
    • Changes to entry requirements or admissions policies
    • A previous study at the University of Glasgow
  • Postgraduate
    • Documents you need to apply
      • A final or current undergraduate degree transcript
      • A degree certificate if you have already completed your degree 
      • One reference on a headed paper (applicants to Doctorate in Education must provide two recommendations)
      • Any additional document listed explicitly under ‘Entry requirements’ on the Postgraduate Taught degree programmes A-Z
      • Copy of your passport for non-EU applicants

A language test will be required before you can start your course if English is not your primary language.

  • Access to the Application Form

One can get the Online Application Form by clicking ‘Apply Now’ on their individual course web pages. Students can use our Course Finder to find the page of the course they wish to apply to. If you are making multiple applications, this process needs to be done for every application. 

  • Entry requirements

Both academic and English language accolades are required (if English happens to not be your first language) for every individual programme are listed on the ‘Postgraduate Taught degree programmes A-Z’.

  • Providing the references

To complete your application, the uni will need one referral.

There are 2 options for you to submit your reference as a part of your application. Students can upload a document as part of their application, or can enter in their referee’s contact details, and the uni will get in touch with them to request a reference.

  • After submitting your application form

Students must provide details of one reference during their application form. If another reference needs to be added after you have submitted your application form, it must be done through the ‘Applicant Self Service uploading documents function’. 

If referees would prefer to provide confidential references direct to the university, then the reference will be accepted via email, from the referee’s official university or business email account to these will be added to the student’s application.

  • Applying online
    • Register and complete an application and any other subsequent applications.
    • Once you have completed an application, then you can access Applicant Self Service through the Online Application to:
      • check the status of your application
      • upload any additional documents
      • update your personal details
      • accept any offers you receive 

Nearby Accommodation:

Kelvingrove House

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Kelvingrove House student accommodation has a mix of en-suite cluster student apartments and luxury studios that are perfectly positioned for you to make the most of student life in Glasgow. Located in the famous West End, only a 10-minute walk to the University of Glasgow and the same distance to University of Glasgow Students Union, Kelvingrove House is the must-have student accommodation in Glasgow.

Price Range- £135 – £182 /week

Room Type- En-suite and Studios

Amenities- on-site laundry, on-site team, all-inclusive utility bills, a gym and a communal study area.

Riverside Glasgow

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This brand new Glasgow student accommodation, close to the University of Strathclyde, is situated on an enviable location on the North Bank of the River Clyde, in the centre of Glasgow’s shopping area. The property enjoys picturesque and panoramic river views. Riverside is situated within easy reach of Central Station and St Enoch Underground, making it a perfect base to explore the city and within easy reach of the university. The gorgeous Glasgow Green is a short walk away, and the shops, bars and restaurants of central Glasgow are on the property’s doorstep. A short 14 minutes on the subway and you will reach the University of Glasgow.

Price Range- £149 – £164 /week

Room Type- Studios

Amenities- On-site laundry and all-inclusive utility bills.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

RCS at Base Glasgow student accommodation provides the latest in high-spec luxury student accommodation in Glasgow with gorgeous studios and spacious apartments with en-suite rooms. This brand new student property is ideally located in Glasgow city centre and getting to class could not be easier, with your new place or studio less than 5 minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The excellent location means you can enjoy all of the diversity and energy of the world-class culture, sport, the city has to offer right on your doorstep.

Price Range- ££145 – £165 /week

Room Type- Studios and En-suites

Amenities- On-site laundry, bike storage, a cinema room, a gym, a study room, a games room and a roof terrace.


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Blackfriar’s student accommodation Glasgow is just five minutes’ walk from the University of Strathclyde, and next door to the new Merchant City quarter, Blackfriars is one of the most popular choices for Glasgow student accommodation. With approximately 520 students calling it home, Blackfriars has a sociable atmosphere that’s ideal for settling in. So irrespective if you choose an en-suite room in a flat you share with others, or you have a studio all to yourself, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to meet new people.

Price Range- £116 – £190/week

Room Type- En-suite, One bed flat and Studios

Amenities- Outdoor social space, laundry and secure access.

Gibson Street

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A vibrant student property in Glasgow’s West End with newly renovated social spaces, Gibson Street is a two-minute walk from the University of Glasgow. Gibson’s boutique residence is ideal for couples and freshers alike who are looking to join an easy-going community.

Price Range- £159 – £235/week

Room Type- En-suite and Studios

Amenities- A communal lounge, a study room, an outdoor courtyard and social events. 

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