International Students' Guide to Renting Accommodation in Glasgow West End

Photo: New University building. Glasgow West End is a great place for an international student to stay - and Glasgow is a great place to study; friendly people, beautiful victorian architecture, great nightlife, parks to visit in the summer and more culture than you can shake a stick at.

Many of the colleges and universities around Glasgow have a high percentage of international students so you will be joining a thriving community with plenty of support mechanisms there to help you study and live in Glasgow West End. You will have a choice of renting a flat from a private landlord or accommodation managed by your place of study.

According to recent research Glasgow is the safest city to stay in the UK. Student accommodation in the private sector in Glasgow is regulated through HMO licensing, so if you are careful your stay should be a safe and enjoyable one.

There are of course many things to consider when coming over to Glasgow to study: finding accommodation being one of the most important. Hopefully this guide will help you learn about finding a rental property in Glasgow so you can get on with your studies and not have to worry about where or how to find a place to live. The first and most important thing to do is to find out from your university or place of study, exactly what the procedures are available to help you in your search; start your research before you arrive in the city as the quicker your get your accommodation sorted out the better.

The university you are studying at will help you find somewhere to stay

Many of the universities offer help to their international students to find the perfect accommodation - which means you are pretty much guaranteed to find somewhere to stay. As well as on-campus flats, there is also a massive amount of privately rented properties available to all students - so there should not be a problem with students not having anywhere to live during term time and out of term time.

"The university guarantees accommodation to international students (from outside the E.U.) in their first year of study and has invested heavily in the student residences in recent years."
Glasgow Caledonian University

"The University guarantees accommodation for all international students." Strathclyde University

Residential accommodation on-campus

Glasgow's Universities provide their own residential properties. For example, Glasgow Caledonain provides a facility at Caledonain Court with 660 self-catering flats with between six and eight bedrooms in each flat. The rooms are all provided with broadband internet connections; not something you are likely to get in private flats. Glasgow University also provides residential accommodation for students - you can download their comprehensive Glasgow University residential accommodation for students guide (PDF). Google the university or college you are attending for their page on the accommodation for relevant information.

Priority of the Universities facilities and rooms are given to younger students and also to the international students; all the rooms are self catering allowing a certain amount of freedom to the occupier. Should there be no places left in the residence connected to your place of study; don't worry they will help you find a property that is just right for you; you will not be left out in the cold. Of course, you may wish to spread your wings a little, especially in your later years of study, and find your own place to rent. In that case there is plenty of choice of property to rent in Glasgow.

Photo: Ashton Lane lights. Universities in Glasgow don't tend to provide residence for exchange students or for international students bringing their family with them; they don't usually provide family accommodation. If any international student does bring their family with them and they then go looking for a rented property; bear in mind that these can be extremely expensive in Glasgow as generally the houses or properties are bigger and need more upkeep.

Costs for private accommodation

Private landlord flats start at about ?240 per month - however you need to remember that on top of that you have the account for your household costs, e.g., energy bills, tv license, telephone bills and so on. To keep your costs low you may decide to share a flat with other students. This is a good idea if you are keen to brush up on your language skills; you may go home with a Glasgow accent. :-) Sharing with other students will help you to find friends and quickly discover the local social scene.

Expect to be asked for a guarantor

When renting privately in Glasgow your may be asked to provide a guarantor for the rent (if you can't pay the rent, then your guarantor would be asked to do so), or asked to pay a deposit, sometimes up to six months rent. This differs with all landlords so find out what is needed before moving in.

You may need a temporary place to live when you first arrive in Glasgow or while you wait for your rental agreement to come through or to pick up the keys; the universities usually offer accommodation at a local youth hostel or hotel that is close to the school while you wait.

Tips for staying safe and finding a flat that is fit for purpose

Here are some suggestions to keep you safe while looking for a flat in Glasgow West End,

  • Always take a friend with you when viewing a potential place to stay.
  • Get a feel for the area by visiting a different times of the day and evening.
  • Check that everything works in the flat, e.g., hot water, heating. if there are problems ask for them to be fixed before you move in.
  • Ask to look at the landlords license for the accommodation.
  • Check that fire escapes are available and working.

Glasgow University reading room at night When you have your rented property or you are staying in the universities residence then it may be advised to get some form of contents insurance. You will not be covered by the schools insurance if anything happens on campus and the landlord doesn't usually provide contents insurance. You need to safe guard yourself from any wrong doing.

Be a good neighbour

Once you have found your accommodation and moved in don't forget to do the things that will keep good relations with your neighbours, e.g., take your turn cleaning common stairs if you are in a tenement, put your rubbish in the bins provided (you are not allowed to dump rubbish in the street). Tell your neighours if you are going to have a party and try to keep noise down to a level that is not anti-social.

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My name is Carolina. I am venezuelan. I am going to study a master degree in Strathclyde University (October 13th). I am interested either a studio flat or one bedroom in a share flat. I want to be near to the university...Thanks...!

Carolina | Fri Sep 12 2014

I am looking for a flat or a room in 2-3 rooms flat. Will my MSc in manufacturing. Am 35 years old, non-smoker, non-drinker originally from the Czech Republic. In last four years I lived 3 years in New Zealand and now in UK.

bob | Thu Aug 28 2014

My name is Sonam and I come from India I will be starting my Masters in Music Entrepreneurship in Glasgow from 15 Sept. I am hunting for a pvt accommodation and flatmate in around Westend area or walking distance from CCA. Any leads will be much appreciated :)

Sonam | Sun Aug 10 2014

hi friends i am indian male student, i am looking for shared flat for my one year ms program , now i am in city i am ready to move

naveen korra | Tue Jul 29 2014

Hi, I am an Italian erasmus students and I will be staying in Glasgow from september to february. I am looking for a room in a flat to share with other students.

Giovanni Possamai | Fri Jul 25 2014

I am a 27 year old female Singaporean doing my PhD in Film Studies at the Uni of Glasgow. Looking for a room to rent from Aug-Dec 2014!

Jiaying | Sat Jul 12 2014

I will be joining Univ of Glasgow for Postgrad taught in engg from sept 2014. Looking for a shared off campus accomodation. Please contact. I am from Gujarat , India. Karan

KARAN BHACHECH | Thu Jul 10 2014

Hi. I am looking for a room in Glasgow from september 2014 till januari 2015, because I am studying for half a year at the university of Glasgow. I am from Holland, and do not know a lot about the Scottish housing market, but I hope it is possible to maybe take over a room of someone going abroad for the period I am visiting Glasgow?

Sam Jacob van der Vlugt | Thu Jun 26 2014

Hi this is Anwar. I am looking for a flat near to GCU fully furnished available now. This is my mobile numbet 07842825177 Regards

Khalid Anwar | Fri Jun 13 2014

Hello, I am looking for a familly accomodation of 2 , pet friendlly. I would be moving from my current job location abroad (Structural Engineer) to specilize for a year in Offshore Renewables. A house with a garden will be perfect. Renting Period (Sept.2014-Sept 2015).

Ioannis | Mon May 12 2014

Hey, This is Anna. I will study at Glasgow Caledonian Uni from this September 2014. Im Polish, but will be moving from NY. Im looking for some kind of accommodation, preferably like a studio flat, but I dont mind sharing an apartment, as long as I have some positive ppl around! Hit me up if you have something!

Anna | Tue Mar 25 2014

Hey, This is Anna. I will study at Glasgow Caledonian Uni from this September 2014. Im Polish, but will be moving from NY. Im looking for some kind of accommodation, preferably like a studio flat, but I dont mind sharing an apartment, as long as I have some positive ppl around! Hit me up if you have something!

Anna | Tue Mar 25 2014

Hey I want ti rent a 1 bedroom cheap flat bear glasgow universities i am coming next year in. September 15/9/2015

Joyce | Sat Mar 08 2014

Hey, I will be joining the University of Strathclyde starting from July 2014. It would be great if you could recommend a private studio flat for rent. Preferably less than 30 minutes walk from uni.

Sy | Sun Dec 29 2013

I need a twin room for summer 2014 dates: 15june 2014-17july2014 should be btw 300-400 pounds.

Zainab | Mon Dec 16 2013

Hi, I will join Glasgow university by this coming January, taking up engineering course. Do you have any good accommodation to recommend? Thanks.

Sua Lim | Wed Dec 04 2013

Hi! We are two students who are looking for a 2 bedroom appartment close to the University of Strathclyde where we are going to attend a two year post grad. Please feel free to mail me if there is anything available! :)

Eirik Normann | Mon Aug 19 2013

Hello, we are two international students from Austria and we are going to study at University of Glasgow from 08.09.13 - 20.12.13. And we are desperately looking for a place to stay during this period. Please e-mail us, if you can help me!!! Thanks

Julia Dickbauer | Thu Aug 08 2013

Hi! Me n 3 more friends of mine are joining the university of glasgow and glasgow school of art from sept 2013. We are looking for a 4 bed affordable accommodation. Either a flat to rent or private student accommodation. Let me know if there is anything available!

Manasi Damle | Wed Aug 07 2013

Hi, I'm from Malaysia and will be joining University of Strathclyde in September 2013. I'm looking for an affordable place to rent that are available for at least three people because my other other two friends will be joining me too. Please email me if you can help me. Thanks.

Muhaimin Anuar | Wed Aug 07 2013

Hi, I need a cheap place to stay with at least 2 room mates. Will be studying at university of strathclyde by sept. 2013.

Ntagu Ebere | Tue Jul 30 2013

Hi I will be joining University of Glasgow in September 2013. I'm looking for a affordable single bedroom accommodation. Appreciate if you could reply soon.

SARAHYANG JUN | Tue Jul 30 2013

Hi I will be joining University of Glasgow in September 2013. I'm looking for a affordable single bedroom accommodation. Appreciate if you could reply soon.

SARAHYANG JUN | Tue Jul 30 2013

hi, i'll be joining at the Glasgow Caledonian University of in September 2013 for MSC programme and would appreciate any help in finding an affordable single bedroom accommodation.

Sreeram | Sat Mar 16 2013

hi, i'll be starting at the University of Glasgow in september 2012 and would appreciate any help in finding an affordable single bedroom accomodation.

EL | Tue Jul 03 2012

hi i am interested in affordable accomdation for family of four. any information will be appreciated. i will be studying for an in glasgow caledonian from september 10. i am an international student.

tunde williams | Tue Mar 20 2012

Hi, I am about to join University of Glasgow from jul / aug 2012 for Masters in Medical Genetics and am looking for a cheap house / flat with 2 bedrooms. Any help would be appreciated.

Kiran | Thu Nov 24 2011

anybody coming for 2011-12 sept in strathclyde uni and want have private accommodation can contact me im also searching for the same......

tarun tatran | Tue Sep 06 2011

I am student who is coming in May. I would like to have Flat with one or 2 bedroom with security enterance. It sould be at westend.

ameera | Mon Apr 04 2011

Are you looking for a good tenant or nice roommate? I am looking for a room from july/august 2011 until december 2011. I do like to have some roommates. As I am an international student from Holland, I can't bring any furniture with me. Thanks!

Eva Hopman | Tue Mar 22 2011

i have got my admit from the university of glasgow. i would like to find a cheap and safe place to stay. please feel free to mail me if u could help me/

santhosh govardhan | Wed Dec 15 2010

Hey i am from india looking for a house or flat to share with any 1 . i am specifically looking for a house near the glasgow caledonian university as i have taken admission there for mba .. Let me know if anything available . my email id is and my contact no is +919823585489

Shashank Goud | Sun Aug 29 2010

Hi. My two friends and I need a cheap place to stay starting from early September, around 10th until next year as we're doing a one year study abroad programme at University of Glasgow.

Ct | Fri Aug 20 2010

Hi.I need a 1bedroom cheap flat near the university of glasgow for the next month.I live with my wife.

Daryoosh Dideban | Thu Mar 27 2008

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