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Glasgow at a glance

It may not be the capital of Scotland, but it’s still bursting with opportunity. Glasgow is a mix of the old and new. Previously an old port city, it now hosts a modern and progressive arts and cultural scene and a huge abundance of quirky bars and restaurants. In fact, lots of churches were decommissioned in the seventies, so it’s pretty common to go and have a holy pint, if you’re so inclined.

The city’s slogan is ‘People make Glasgow’, and it really lives up to that, with a thriving student community and a whole host of people from all around the world making this scottish city their home. So if you want to become an honorary Glaswegian, then keep on reading…

Area guide to Glasgow

No matter where you go in Glasgow, there’s something new for you to discover. East End – otherwise known as the creative quarter – has the green space of Celtic Park and the legendary music venue Barrowland Ballroom. Get out in the open in North Glasgow, where you’ll be able to stroll along the canal trails. If you’re into football, head on over to Southside to see Glasgow’s national stadium, Hampden Park.

In the West End you’ll find events and festivals taking place in Kelvingrove Park, as well as the exotic natural beauty of the botanical gardens. Finnieston is the foodie hub of Glasgow, with gourmet sandwich shops, craft beer houses and more. Finally, if you’re looking for the architectural side of Glasgow, then pop on over to Merchant City to see buildings such as The Corinthian Club.  

Universities in Glasgow

Glasgow is made up of three major universities:


Employers in Glasgow

The biggest employers in Glasgow are (naturally) some of the leading Scottish companies. Standard Life Aberdeen, Scottish Widows, Scottish Power and Bank of Scotland all have great employment options. Keep an eye on this page to see more on the opportunities available in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Glasgow by Sector

Life sciences

Life sciences is experiencing the fastest growth of any industry in Glasgow. The city is home to The Glasgow BioCorridor, which includes drug factories, incubation centres, universities and more. In addition, the brand new £56 million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre just outside of the city offers services and assistance to all pharmaceutical companies, no matter their size.


The history surrounding the River Clyde has never really left the city, and so there’s a wealth of opportunities available in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing makes up one of the largest employment sectors of Glasgow, with nearly 800 businesses employing over 19,000 people.

Legal services

Law also has a huge presence in Glasgow, with a range of firms available. From business, to commercial real estate, to working with individuals and families. In addition, some of the largest national law firms also have branches in Glasgow, so you can experience this fast-paced career without the busyness of London.

Cost of Glasgow

The overall costs of Glasgow are a whopping 35% cheaper than London, making it a great place to live cost-wise. On average, student housing will set you back around £450 per month, and the standard cost of a pint is around £3.97. For food, you can look a budgeting just under £200 per month both for shopping and a few meals out.

For getting around, Glasgow is served by SPT, which covers the subway, bus, ferry and rail. For a monthly subway card, you’re looking at just under sixty bucks. But the good news is that Glasgow is quite a small city, with a lot of things in walking distance. So flexible travel may be the best option for saving your pennies.

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