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Top five cities to study in Scotland


Scotland is a perfect place to pursue a degree because it is home to world-class universities and the most stunning landscapes in the U.K.

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings – Scotland has a reputation for excellence in its education system. Students won’t only receive top-quality education, but will also live in one of the most lively places on the planet with amazing and unique culture and traditions and the best learning experience.

What comes in your mind when you hear the word- Scotland? Well, in my head, there are beautiful breathtaking landscapes, chill vibe everywhere you decide to go, interesting history, lush green spaces and forests, fascinating wildlife and vast lakes.

Going to Scotland can be the best choice for either a city break, countryside getaway or learning experience. You will have the best time there.

According to The Independent and other statistics- Universities According to The Independent and other statistics, the students need not pay much tuition costs while studying there, because the cheapest universities to attend in the U.K. are Scottish, which is less compared to other major student cities in the United Kingdom.

Apart from that, one more thing to make you super happy – Students in Scotland can enjoy affordable living costs as well. 

If you’re wondering which city to go to Scotland to fulfill your dream of studying in Scotland? Stress not.

Five universities in Scotland are among the Times Higher Education Top 200. Want to know about these universities? Keep on reading then.


1) Glasgow

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Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is situated on the River Clyde in the country’s West Central lowlands. The Gaelic meaning behind Glasgow is a dear green place, which justifies because you will see many green spaces all over the city.

How about going for a long walk and explore beautiful gardens and rivers while listening to “What a Wonderful World.” Are you excited already? Imagine how amazing it will be for you when you will reach your Dream city. I will drop some interesting facts about Glasgow for you; You can be lucky to see trees that are about 330 million years old, twice as old as dinosaurs in Fossil grove, victoria park in Glasgow.

The Glasgow tower holds the Guinness world record for tallest fully rotating structure in the world because It can rotate 360 degrees. So if you are moving halfway across the globe to Glasgow to study abroad, you will have so much fun staying there. 

From the past 560 years, The University of Glasgow has been changing the world by delivering the best research and teaching experience, inspiring great minds, and welcoming students from more than 140 countries. 

The University of Glasgow is the first University in the U.K. to be rated as five Stars Plus overall in Q.S. World University Rankings 2019.

The University is home to nearly 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, from over 140 countries worldwide, with 600 programmes on offer.

Students can find a whole range of accommodation near the University of Glasgow varying from budget-friendly student accommodation to luxurious and expensive student accommodation as the University of Glasgow is one of the most prestigious universities in the city, The student housing options around the University of Glasgow includes Halls of Residence (On-campus accommodation), Private halls of residence (Off-campus accommodation) and Private housing.

The University of Glasgow is one of the best top 5 universities in Scotland. 


2) Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is the capital and second-largest city in Scotland. If you are thinking to Undoubtedly, Edinburgh is one of the best cities in the world for the students as it offers quality academics and memorable, and comfortable student life as well.

Edinburgh was ranked as the second-best student city in the U.K. (Q.S. Best Student Cities 2017).

Edinburgh boasts some delightful and budget-friendly restaurants, like Bella Italia, Jimmy Chung’s, for the students in the University of Edinburgh. Whistlebinkies Live Music Bar is a must place to visit if you are in a mood to have a pint, and some good live music after a long day at the University.

If you are more of a clubbing person, then you can head to The Bongo Club and The liquid room.

The University of Edinburgh was founded in the year 1583 and is the sixth oldest University in the English-speaking world. The University of Edinburgh is ranked 23rd in the U.K. and 2nd in Scotland.

The University has gained the highest research quality score of Scotland.  According to the Q.S. World University Rankings 2020, The University of Edinburgh ranked in the world top 50 and placed 20th.

Edinburgh University is one of the world’s top universities, as it provides the best, learning, working and teaching environment with excellent facilities. The accommodation options in Edinburgh include Halls of residences and the Private Student Accommodation.

The University of Edinburgh Accommodation or the On-campus Accommodation provides many rooms in Baird house, Holland house, and Riego Street for undergraduates. Deaconess, Richmond Place and O’ shea south for postgraduates. In 2017, Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) consisted of the student unions and the Student Representative Council which represents students to the University and the outside world and is also responsible for over 250 student societies at the University.

Students planning to study at the University of Edinburgh don’t have to stress about the accommodation options in Edinburgh. 


3) Dundee

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Dundee is a lively city, with a high student population and budget-friendly places to live. Dundee is also named as Britain’s coolest little city by G.Q. Magazine in the year 2015.

Dundee is over 800 years old and is situated on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which flows out into the North Sea, on the East Coast. Dundee is an excellent place to live as well as work and study.

There are many great-vibe cafes, pubs, bars, delightful restaurants, amazing green spaces and beautiful places to explore. Dundee is popularly known for its music festivals and jazz events, Music and drink play important parts in Scottish tradition and heritage, which means you are never going to have a dull moment in Dundee.

Well, Dundee is called the ‘City of Discovery’ in honour of Dundee’s history of scientific activities and of the Royal Research Ship Discovery.

Dundee was also known as the city of jute, jam and journalism in its industrial phase. 

The University of Dundee was established in the year 1967. It was opened with a mission to transform lives locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) has bars, cafes, nightclubs, D.J. and entertainment at night. The DUSA has one of the strongest representation structures in Scotland. Students can choose from over 190 student societies and can socialize with people who have similar interests.

According to The Guardian University Guide 2020, The University of Dundee is one of the U.K.’s top 30 universities The University also offers a happy and healthy student life and was ranked 8th in the U.K. and 2nd in Scotland for student experience ( National Student Survey 2018)


4) Aberdeen 

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Aberdeen is a welcoming city, also rated as Scotland’s safest university city and the second most affordable city for students according to the Royal Bank of Scotland student living 2017.

Also known as the Granite City because of its beautiful granite buildings. There are many places to explore in Aberdeen, which include authentic Scottish crafts, delightful restaurants, great entertainment, club scene, unforgettable festivals and events including the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, The University of Aberdeen’s literature festival and a walk through majestic streets. There is so much to see and do in Aberdeen and the surrounding region.

The University of Aberdeen was founded by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland in the year 1495 and is the third oldest University in Scotland.

The University is internationally focused on its research and teaching. All the information about vacations, part-time jobs, internships, placements is provided to students through the university careers service and Aberdeen Students Association (AUSA).

Students 4 students is one of the services provided to help students manage issues including mental health and well-being, settling into university life and student counselling, which can make their stay convenient there.

The University of Aberdeen provides its students with state of the art facilities and learning resources. The Sir Duncan Rice Library is one of the best and largest on-campus libraries in the U.K., which includes over a million books and online sources.

The campus also houses individual as well as group-study spaces along with assistive technology booths. Also, the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre and Sports Village are open to the students.

After a tiring day at the University enjoy a fresh bowl of some Thai, Greek, or perhaps some Indian cuisine at some of the famous restaurants which include Shri Bheema’s, Silver Darling Restaurant and McGinty’s Meal an’ Ale.

Apart from this, if you love hiking, you could visit the top hiking spot-” The Cairngorms” and spend your Saturday evening at the student-friendly pubs like The Bobbin, the RGU Union and the Athenaeum. 


5) Paisley

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Paisley is Scotland’s most significant towns with a rich history; Paisley was ranked as one of five U.K. cities to be shortlisted for the U.K. City of Culture 2021.

There are many places to explore in Paisley- From the stunning items in Renfrewshire’s museum collection to the Paisley’s famous textiles, world cultures, social history, art, and local archives.

It is a vibrant town with a great entertainment scene, live music, trendy shops, museums, unforgettable attractions with excellent education services and learning experience.

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS), formerly known as the University of Paisley, is a public university. Paisley campus is home to approx.10,000 students and provides a range of courses and research opportunities.

Finding a roof over your head while studying in Paisley won’t be a problem. There are a wide range of UWS accommodation options available, ranging from private students halls, University residences to private studios & family stays.

UWS is ranked in the top 600 universities in their 2020 world university rankings by the Times Higher Education.