Scotland’s largest and most populous city, Glasgow is home to two universities in the top 250 of the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16: the University of Glasgow, which ranks joint 62nd and the University of Strathclyde at joint 249th. The former is one of the world’s oldest universities, having been founded well over 500 years ago.
In recent years, the city has shaken off its previously gritty image to become one the UK’s leading hubs of culture, commerce, research and academia. It is also especially known for its music scene and the fierce rivalry between its two biggest football clubs, Rangers and Celtic.
Glasgow has a rich history, having been settled since the pre-Roman era. So there’s no shortage of grand historical architecture (the University of Glasgow boasts some of the grandest), alongside vestiges of the city’s role as one of the world’s leading industrial centers during the 19th century and the gleaming structures of the modern city.
Like many other UK cities, Glasgow hosts a large number of international students, and therefore achieves a particularly high score in the ‘student mix’ category of the QS Best Student Cities index, providing opportunities for students to meet people from many different backgrounds and cultures.
QS ranked universities
More about Glasgow
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
University of Glasgow (joint 62nd in the world)
Students (% of total population)
1.8% (based on ranked institutions)
28.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
Mercer Cost of Living rank
109th (out of 214)
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
304th (out of 446)
Numbeo pollution rank
250th (out of 300)
Transparency International score
14th (out of 177)
Sources: QS World University Rankings; Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).