Glasgow Caledonian University

Things to do in Glasgow | 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’ 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 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 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.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University


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!

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.

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.  


Getting to Glasgow Caledonian University

Located slap bang in the city centre, the university can be accessed via all modes of transport.

By car
Though easily accessible from the M8 motorway, there is no parking available on campus. However, there is ample space at the Buchanan Galleries car park nearby.

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

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


Looking for a hotel in Glasgow?

If you want to immerse yourself in a city with incredible history, architecture and culture take a break in Glasgow. With a range of budget hotels in the City Centre on Buchanan Street and Argyle Street plus an array of  hotels near Glasgow University, we have something suitable to stay whatever the occasion.