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Glasgow Caledonian University

This modern, award-winning university adds another layer of cool to Scotland’s biggest city. With it’s high tech facilities and use of the latest technologies, it’s a popular choice for prospective students. Due to its convenient and centralised location, it’s never a few feet away from all the action, be it places to eat, drink and be merry. So whether it’s a family celebration or visit from friends, there’s a Premier Inn nearby to keep you at the heart of it all.  

Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University


Glasgow Caledonian University came to be after the merging of The Queen’s College (which dates all the way back to 1875) and Glasgow Polytechnic, officially opening its doors in 1993.
Priding itself on being a forward-thinking and modern institution, it takes its name ‘Caledonia’ from the latin name meaning ‘present day Scotland’ and is also known as The University for the Common Good. With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, it is without a doubt a cosmopolitan-inspired establishment attracting potential postgrads from all over the world.

Getting there

Located slap bang in the city centre, the university can be accessed via all modes of transport. Jetting in and Glasgow Airport is just 10 miles west from the city centre and where the university is located. Every 20 minutes, a bus runs from the airport and into the city centre.

Glasgow train station

Local train

Walking distance from both Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central station, intercity links come from London, Edinburgh and more.

Travelling by car in the city centre


Though easily accessible from the M8 motorway, there is no parking available on campus.

Glasgow subway


The closest subway stations to the university are Buchanan Street and Cowcaddens.

Top tip

Due to this university’s central location, whether you’re visiting a family member or friends, shops, cafes and sights are on your doorstep to explore.

Eating and drinking

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink near the university. Everyone from your visiting friends to your family will enjoy the student deals!

Pasta dishes

Eating near the university

From Italian to Greek to Indian, there are restaurants galore near GCU. For big pizzas and even bigger pastas, try the Amalfi restaurant which is incredibly good value for money. For great sharing platters, Thai eatery Chaophraya is ideal while Greek food lovers will enjoy Yiamas Greek Taverna for its famous gyros.

Scottish whisky

Drinking near the university

If you’ve got visitors and want to take them to a traditional Glaswegian pub, pop along to The Pot Still on Hope Street for a cosy atmosphere and lots of whiskey on offer. Alternatively, cocktails are a plenty at Blue Dog on West George Street while Slouch is great for relaxing with a bottle of whatever takes your fancy.

Looking for a hotel in Glasgow?

Immerse yourself in Glasgow’s incredible history, architecture and culture with a weekend break in Glasgow. With a range of budget hotels in Glasgow City Centre on Buchanan Street and Argyle Street plus hotels near Glasgow University, we have something suitable whatever the occasion.