Glasgow Caledonian University

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Quick Facts

  • Top 20 in the UK for allied health research (REF 2014).
  • GCU’s British School of Fashion offers world-leading fashion business education.
  • Campuses in Glasgow, London and New York (Manhattan’s SoHo district).

The University traces its origin from The Queen’s College, Glasgow (founded 1875) and the Glasgow Polytechnic (founded 1971. With more than 17,000 students from over 100 countries, Glasgow Caledonian is a dynamic and diverse university. It has campuses in Glasgow, London and New York and prides itself on its overseas initiatives such as the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Dhaka, which it cofounded in 2010 to help improve healthcare standards in Bangladesh. In Glasgow, the university is investing £30m revamping its campus facilities. It has also recently launched the British School of Fashion at GCU London, offering fashion business education in luxury brand marketing, luxury brand management, luxury retail management and international fashion marketing.


Glasgow Caledonian and Canada
GCU is home to a friendly community of Canadian students. In addition to undergraduate, many students come to study at the graduate level.

Schools and Departments
School of Engineering and Built Environment – The School of Engineering and Built Environment is one of the leading schools for programmes in building and surveying in the UK. The school also carries out extensive research in partnership with industry, commerce and other academic institutions in the UK and overseas.

Glasgow School for Business and Society – The Glasgow School for Business and Society integrates the areas of business, law and social sciences to ensure that they are well placed to meet the needs of business and society. The School has an international outlook and is committed to developing partnerships across the world.

School of Health and Life Sciences – The School of Health and Life Sciences is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer across the disciplines of health, nursing and social care, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology and vision sciences.

GCU London – GCU London is a professional postgraduate university campus with high quality teaching and industry partnerships from around the globe, located in an ultra-modern environment in the heart of London, in Spitalfields, one of London’s most attractive locations.

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Nearly 17,000 students and over 1,500 staff.

The University guarantees accommodation at our Caledonian Court residences to international students from countries outside the European Union, who are entering their first year of study.

Our ‘village within the city’, Caledonian Court, is the perfect place to live if you’re looking for that home-from-home atmosphere. Living at Caledonian Court is an ideal way to make friends with people from all over the world, and our international community includes students from places such as Nigeria, China, Greece, France, Germany and America.

Caledonian Court quick facts:

  • On-campus, city centre location
  • Home for 660 students
  • Friendly, multicultural atmosphere
  • Self-contained, fully-furnished flats for six to eight people
  • Heating, electricity and internet included in rent
  • Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme

Glasgow Caledonian University provides one of the best learning environments in the UK at our modern campus in the heart of Glasgow.

The hub of the campus is the striking Saltire Centre. Home to the university library, Campus Life Desk and flexible study spaces for 1,800 students – including our unique inflatable igloo semi-private study areas – the building is fully wired for Wi-Fi to help you study where you want. And a fresh cup of coffee is never far away.

Visa Immigration Support & Advice – Our award-winning international student support team work hard to ensure that all international students have an outstanding experience at GCU.

The Saltire Centre – Bright, airy and ultra modern, the award-winning Saltire Centre is at the centre of life at Glasgow Caledonian, and is equipped with quiet and social study areas, workstations and free Wi-Fi.

Student Support Services – Student Support Services offer help on most living and studying concerns, visit the information desk in the Saltire Centre.

Library – Also in the Saltire Centre, our 350,000-book, high-tech library includes reference copies of every curriculum book and contains quiet and social study areas with workstations, desks and sofas.

Sport and Fitness – It is easy to keep fit and make friends with plenty of sports clubs, gyms and health and beauty facilities available on-campus.

Refectory and Cafes – The largest university facility of its type in Scotland, the refectory serves everything from a healthy breakfast to a hearty lunch at student-friendly prices. Our learning cyber café, Real@Caledonian, is an attractive, friendly environment in which to work and relax. The area contains sofas, study desks and computer workstations for 190 students.

Caledonian Court – Set in landscaped grounds across the road from the University, Caledonian Court provides safe, friendly and well-equipped accommodation for 660 students.

Learner Support – Glasgow Caledonian University offers outstanding overseas student support, rated Scotland’s best four times in a row.

Campuses in Glasgow, London and New York. The London campus is in Spitalfields, with easy access to train, tube and bus services

The Glasgow campus has excellent travel links. Glasgow Airport is situated approximately 10 miles to the west of the City Centre and is l inked to the City Centre with a regular (every 20 minutes) bus service to Buchanan Bus Station which is opposite the University. The university is situated within easy walking distance of both Glasgow Queen Street Station and Glasgow Central Station.

Living in Glasgow
As Scotland’s largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people. Glasgow offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars.

Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzz with an arts scene that regularly produces cutting-edge productions and attracts high-profile exhibitions that led to the city being crowned European City of Culture in 1990.

Glasgow was also the UK’s City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and its architecture is an attraction in itself. The city centre has countless impressive Victorian structures and then there are the unique masterpieces of one of the city’s most celebrated sons, the legendary architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The city has a long-standing reputation for its live music scene and is very well off too in terms of city parks.