About Glasgow and the University

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today it is a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach. The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and is in the UK’s top 10 earners for research. For more, see http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/


The University of Glasgow is located in the thriving and vibrant area of the West End. Two miles from the city centre, the West End  is home to cafés and bars hidden down cobbled lanes, world-famous restaurants and comedy clubs blended with a mix of boutique shops and Victorian architecture – all underpinned by museums, galleries and parks. For more information, see: http://www.gla.ac.uk/studentlife/glasgow/

There is plenty to see and do in Glasgow, and the city is bustling with attractions.

Visual Arts

• The Arches: club, theatre, live music and visual art
• Centre for Contemporary Arts: gallery, performance space, cafe and cinema
• Gallery of Modern Art: second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London
• House for an Art Lover: visual arts centre designed by Glasgow’s greatest architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh

* Entry to all is free, but there may be a charge for specific exhibitions

• Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery: home to over a million items from meteorites to mummies, located on campus
• Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: Scotland’s most visited attraction in 2009, with more than 8000 objects including Dali, Van Gogh, Monet and Botticelli
• The Burrell Collection: over 9,000 works of art including works by Degas, Epstein and Rodin
• The Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship: Scotland’s museum of transport and travel, and Glenlee, one of five Clyde built ships still afloat today.

For many more museums, see Glasgow Life


• Tron Theatre: new works from home and abroad, plus music, comedy and workshops
• The King’s Theatre: a host to the Royal National Theatre, touring musicals, dance and pantomime
• Tramway: host venue to the National Review of Live Art, with contemporary visual and performing art, gallery space, restaurant and gardens
• Citizens Theatre: features a powerful range of self-produced shows and touring work