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    I've been here a few years and never once had any trouble from anyone and I manage to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise Like most cities it does have some serious social problems (mostly confined to certain outlying areas) but the city centre and west end where most students spend their time are fine.

    I get the feeling that people with a properly negative view of the city are from a slightly older generation who perhaps remember the troubles the city had in the 70s and 80s. Perhaps you Dad remembers news stories from back in the day?

    Coming from SF you'll just need to prepare yourself for the terrible weather, definitely the worst thing about the city!!
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    You may have already decided by now but just in case anyone else is curious!

    Glasgow used to have a few problems but is now a very different city to thirty or forty years ago! Among other things we've been European City of Culture, PETA has rated us the best city in the UK for vegans, and Rough Guides have said we're the world's friendliest city . We have some beautiful architecture, some great festivals, tons of places to go out and there's always something going on.

    There are still areas I wouldn't recommend visiting, but in the west end and city centre you'll be safe enough as long as you stay sensible - just like any other city. I love living here, as you may have guessed! I think it's definitely a great city for students.
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    (Original post by kukulkan666)
    If you are used to being a happy person, don't come to Glasgow because the city will change you. I have been here for just over 4 years (stuck at uni, that is THE ONLY REASON). I used to be happy, lively, enthusiastic but then you look at all those miserable faces in Glasgow and you cannot believe that such place exists. Of course the weather is to be blamed but also i and a couple of my classmates admit that there's something not quite right with Glasgow... In the summer months I travel quite a lot so I can easily compare the people, the places, the attitudes etc.

    Litter is a massive issue in Glasgow, it's everywhere makes you feel sick and slowly but slowly you may become a product of the environment around you. Says a lot about the people too. The accent is horrible so is the city centre.... 3 main streets with shops and not even one pleasant place to enjoy. Rough, polluted by cars and you can get stabbed in the back at any time, Buildings are grey and dull so absolutely not entertaining... a lot of homeless and empty shops which makes it look like a ghost town (on top of the fact it is situated in the north of the continent, away from any kind of... life).

    Of course the locals will tell you Glasgow it's great vibrant modern amazing place People make glasgow etc etc etc but that's because they do not know much outside of Scotland. I feel sorry for them because I know that as soon as i finish uni, i'm done with the place 4ever.

    There are better places.
    This is a ridiculous post.
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    But it gives some very true remarks. The title of the thread was a question so i just clarified some things to him/her. Glasgow is a terrible living environment, dump and dirty. I am not a hater but an observer. I've not written my previous post to spill out my frustrations but to warn the boy (girl, perhaps.) that he/she might be a bit disappointed when he comes here...... and what's with the gangs throwing stones at people's windows and demolishing parked cars? Nearly got killed the other day, for nothing. Very civilized. Don't live in a bubble, Glaswegians.
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    (Original post by kukulkan666)
    But it gives some very true remarks. The title of the thread was a question so i just clarified some things to him/her. Glasgow is a terrible living environment, dump and dirty. I am not a hater but an observer. I've not written my previous post to spill out my frustrations but to warn the boy (girl, perhaps.) that he/she might be a bit disappointed when he comes here...... and what's with the gangs throwing stones at people's windows and demolishing parked cars? Nearly got killed the other day, for nothing. Very civilized. Don't live in a bubble, Glaswegians.
    What on Earth are you talking about? I'm a bit hesitant to reply as this is probably just a troll attempt, but whatever.

    Never seen any gangs destroy cars. Never had stones thrown at my windows.

    Also never noticed any problems with litter, at least where I live.

    Your sentence on almost being killed doesn't even warrant a reply to be honest.
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    (Original post by kukulkan666)
    But it gives some very true remarks. The title of the thread was a question so i just clarified some things to him/her. Glasgow is a terrible living environment, dump and dirty. I am not a hater but an observer. I've not written my previous post to spill out my frustrations but to warn the boy (girl, perhaps.) that he/she might be a bit disappointed when he comes here...... and what's with the gangs throwing stones at people's windows and demolishing parked cars? Nearly got killed the other day, for nothing. Very civilized. Don't live in a bubble, Glaswegians.
    I live in Glasgow. My neighbourhood is immaculate. There's no gangs. If you live in a crap area perhaps you should move.

    Also re: living in a bubble. You are incredibly patronising. This is probably what nearly got you 'killed'. You won't do well wherever you live if you have a terrible attitude.
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    (Original post by kukulkan666)
    But it gives some very true remarks
    It doesn't. I doubt you've even lived in Glasgow.
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    i have got on pretty well in life so far, except for the living location choice. as i said, i've lived here over 4 years and only because uni keeps me here. This is not a troll attempt, just telling the thread starter what to expect...but obviously the locals will always tell ya that 'Glasgow is amazing' type of crap.

    i live in Maryhill. Yes, nearly got killed. No litter? OPEN YOUR EYES. And don't make me laugh.
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    (Original post by kukulkan666)
    i have got on pretty well in life so far, except for the living location choice. as i said, i've lived here over 4 years and only because uni keeps me here. This is not a troll attempt, just telling the thread starter what to expect...but obviously the locals will always tell ya that 'Glasgow is amazing' type of crap.

    i live in Maryhill. Yes, nearly got killed. No litter? OPEN YOUR EYES. And don't make me laugh.
    I'm not a local. But I know when someone isn't being objective.
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    (Original post by kukulkan666)
    i have got on pretty well in life so far, except for the living location choice. as i said, i've lived here over 4 years and only because uni keeps me here. This is not a troll attempt, just telling the thread starter what to expect...but obviously the locals will always tell ya that 'Glasgow is amazing' type of crap.

    i live in Maryhill. Yes, nearly got killed. No litter? OPEN YOUR EYES. And don't make me laugh.
    It's one of the rougher parts of town like you get in any major city, hardly exclusive to Glasgow.
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    There's no problem with litter in Glasgow and no gangs.

    If you go for uni you will live in either the city centre or the west end and both are perfectly safe, nice and just like any other city.
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    agree the West end is pleasant and obviously the city centre.. but that's only two areas in the whole city...

    by gangs i meant a bunch of idiots who have too much free time and decide to go around and demolish things and property... WTF

    the excuse 'just like any other city' is rather pathetic tbh and irrelevant. other cities have nothing to do with this.

    anyway. one year in Glasgow is long enough for anyone, the longer you stay the more you lose out on life. it's a rather god-forgotten place.
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    Lived in glasgow all my life and its an absolute ****hole. Don’t go. Stay in sunny california!!!!!!!
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    Glasgow is best known for being the friendlest city in the UK. I have lived here for 12 years
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    Your dad has picked up a strange bias against the city that isn't based in truth. That may be our own fault - like others have said, we like to portray the city as "hard" in films and TV, when that's actually a Glasgow of days gone by. It isn't the case anymore.

    The campus itself is beautiful and really vibrant. There are several food services on campus that range from fast food like pizza and our own Subway sandwich shop, to vegan cuisine. There are also self-service microwaves in at least one of the canteens and one of the student associations, so you can make and bring your own food to campus if you're worried about that. Right next to campus is Byers Road on one side, and Great Western Road on the other - both have plenty of cafes and shops that sell interesting, healthy options. The city also has really beautiful architecture and parks, and is only an hour by train from Loch Lomond. There is a great subway system, decent enough trains and buses, and an extensive cycle path system with an on-campus scheme to hire bicycles.

    As others have said, smoking in public places is banned by law, so the smoking rate isn't really relevant. It won't affect you. As for lack of jobs, as a student, your situation will be different from the average citizen. There are lots of part-time student jobs close to campus or even on campus working for the school, as well as scholarships and financial assistance funds you can apply to. The school sends out weekly e-mails advertising on-campus jobs and local internships.

    Now, to the not great parts - your dad isn't off the mark when it comes to alcohol. There is an alcoholism issue in Glasgow, and that does lead to some anti-social behaviour. As a student, it's easier to stay safe than the average citizen - there are two student unions on campus and lots of off-campus nights arrange by student society or the student council. That means other students to get home with, and often transport back to housing arranged by the council. Also, you might not immediately consider this, but it is important for some - the weather it not great, especially in comparison to California. From the end of October until around the end of February, which is a big chunk of your school year, it's pretty dreary. It's cold and often rainy, and that can really affect some people's mood. The university has several open days throughout the year, including one for international students. If possible, it would be a good idea to visit with your parents. I think it's an amazing place to live and study, and I think you will end up falling in love with the place - but it's still worth seeing for yourself. I wouldn't advise anyone to apply to a school in another country that they've never even seen because once you're here, there's nothing you can do if you hate the place.
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    Glasgow is a wonderful city....and has one of the world's oldest and most prestigious universities.Anyone stupid and ignorant enough to describe Glasgow people as
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    People who are saying good things about Glasgow need to wake up. Scotland in general is beautiful... but only if you don't step your foot in Glasgow because here there is nothing more than heaps of litter, dog crap, dampness, misery and skinny junkies. Vast areas of boring and monochromatic landscape. Nothing interesting for sure. Glasgow is an unhealthy environment to live in. Tourists might love it as they only visit for a couple of days and move on - especially the usuals- parks, SEC, clyde, Glasgow Uni, west end etc. These very predictable arguments will NEVER make up for horrible weather all year round. If you decide decide to come and live here for longer, you realise that you have made a *****y life choice. The most common excuse heard for any form of critisism of glasgow is 'every city has problems' or 'glasgow has its nice places or great night life' (pretty average really) This place feels lonely and abandoned, so people search for 'happiness' in going to shops and binge drinking and going to McDonald's. Just some taste of the Glasgow Effect. I have walked the streets of Glasgow for at least 3 years since I'm stuck at uni here, and when I hear the council telling people that the city is 'modern', 'vibrant' and 'attarctive', i Laugh. Then i go outside and see all the litter alongside the streets leading to the city centre, and say to myself: yeah, 'People make glasgow' ha ha ha ha ha rot in peace
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    Well sir there is rubbish everywhere in Glasgow, sorry but the city is definitely not clean. You don't have to believe everything the council tells you. Look around....

    (Original post by AndrewSCO)
    There's no problem with litter in Glasgow and no gangs.

    If you go for uni you will live in either the city centre or the west end and both are perfectly safe, nice and just like any other city.
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    Not once in my life have I seen dog droppings in Glasgow, nor is there a litter problem. And if all you see around Glasgow is misery then it's problem more of a reflection on yourself than the city. I am not claiming Glasgow is the best city in the UK and I wouldn't say I "love" living here either but there's nothing wrong with it, there's no litter problem that's any different to anywhere else I've been and there's a lot of fun and interesting things to do if you bother to look.
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    does the uni organize many social events or is it a only-study atmosphere?
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