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University of Strathclyde

Glasgow’s second oldest university and the UK’s first technical university, Strathclyde has a reputation for groundbreaking research and excellent business ties, as well as a buzzing city centre campus with great facilities. The winner of the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year award in 2016, it’s no wonder the University of Strathclyde comes high on lists of top places to study. Whether you’re visiting for an open day or graduation, take a closer look at the university, plan your stay with our quick guide and maybe consider a convenient stay at a Premier Inn hotel nearby.

University of Strathclyde
University of Strathclyde

Top tip

The university’s great reputation isn’t the only thing to check out on your visit. Be sure to explore the university sport facilities, which include a cardiovascular suite, 18 metre swimming pool, dance studio, squash court and sports hall.

Getting there

Located just north of the River Clyde, in the heart of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde has excellent transport links.

Glasgow train station

Local train

Glasgow’s two main railway stations are close to the campus.

Queen Street is a short 15-minute walk or 5 minutes in a taxi, while Glasgow Central Station is around 20 minutes’ walk away or a 10-minute taxi ride.

Travelling by car in the city centre


There are limited on-street parking spaces in the city centre, so head to the nearest car parks on Montrose Street and Duke Street. To get a discount, take your ticket for validation at the reception within the university’s Technology & Innovation Centre.

Getting around by bus


For a quick and easy journey to the university, hop onboard a bus to Buchanan Street bus station.

A lot of Glasgow's bus routes stop at this station and it’s a short 10-minute walk to the university’s campus.

Plan your visit: getting from the airport


If you’re arriving at Glasgow International Airport, catch the First 500 Glasgow Shuttle bus from Stance 1. Departing every 10 minutes, you can hop off at Buchanan Street bus station and, after a 10-minute walk, you’ll be on the campus.

Eating and drinking

With lots of food and drink options on campus and nearby, you’ll find plenty of choice on your visit to Strathclyde.

Hot Dog roll

On campus

The University of Strathclyde’s campus has heaps of places to eat. For a caffeine boost and a quick bite, head to one of the university’s cafés – Flava, Aroma, Urban Bean or Caffeine Lab. If you’re looking for a hearty meal, take a trip to one of the campus restaurants – Crave, Aura or Synergi. For a fast food hit, you’ll find Streat serving hamburgers and hotdogs outside the Lord Hope building.

Drinking the best cocktails

In the city centre

Situated in the centre of Glasgow, if you head off the university’s campus there's no shortage of places to grab a bite to eat or a quick drink. Fancy something quick and tasty? Head to Martha’s for fruit pots and salads or Topolabamba for the taste of Mexico.
Fancy relaxing in a bar? Take a trip to The Ark for a quick pint or Atlantic bar for great cocktails.

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