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QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 34th

Up an impressive 29 places in this year’s Best Student Cities index, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest and most populous city, home to two universities in the top 300 of the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017: the University of Glasgow, which ranks joint 63rd, and the University of Strathclyde at joint 272nd. 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.

However, Glasgow receives its strongest score in the new Student View category, helping it to climb 29 spots overall in this year’s Best Student Cities index. This indicator, based on ratings from students themselves, shows that Glasgow’s students are certainly enjoying their experience and are often keen to stay after graduation. One student, when asked to name the best thing about studying in Glasgow, said: “The people. It feels like home from day one.”

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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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