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The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university which was named UK University of the Year at the 2012 Times Higher Education Awards. It was described by judges as a “bold, imaginative and innovative institution.”

Founded in 1796 as Anderson’s Institution, Strathclyde was established in its present form in 1964 and remains committed to its mission to be a “place of useful learning”. Through research-led teaching and close engagement with business and industry- including scholarships and internships- the University produces skilled, high quality graduates well prepared for employment.

Strathclyde has 23,000 full- and part-time students from more than 120 countries, including more than 7,000 postgraduates, and a worldwide community of 136,000 alumni. Staff and students are now together on one site, following the arrival at the city centre campus of students and staff previously based at the Jordanhill campus in the west of Glasgow.



The University's main Library is the Andersonian Library, which can be found on the main John Anderson campus and can be accessed from a public footpath on Cathedral Street. The Library is open from 8am- 12 midnight on weekdays and from 9am-9pm at weekends, with 24 hour opening around exam time. Strathclyde students do not have to join the library as their student ID cards act as their library cards. Other students from other Glasgow universities are welcome to use the library for reference purposes. Fees are charged to Strathclyde graduates and students from other universities for Andersonian Library services. PCs are available throughout the library and staff are on hand to offer help and assistance.

General Information
Glasgow, UK
John Anderson Campus, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ
+44 (0)141 552 4400
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IT and Computing

The University library is being refurbished as part of a series of campus investments to ensure the best possible student experience. New space for books and collections has been created to accommodate stock moved from the Jordanhill campus, which runs to more than 180,000 items. Other enhanced features include more than 1700 seats for studying- at tables, drop-in group study pods, discussion rooms and in PC areas.

The library has around a million print volumes as well as 24-hour access from a suitably enabled computer to over 404,000 electronic books and over 26,000 e-journals. The library has over 440 networked computers with access to the internet and email.

The Curran Building library is home to the collection of the Royal Scottish Geographical society, which contains more than 15,000 books and editions of nearly 200 serial titles. The University also has over 1,500 PCs around campus and more than 30 computer labs, many open around the clock, as well as Assistive Technology Support, which offers greater support in Computing, particularly for people with disabilities.

Other features include:

• A dedicated IT Helpdesk and 24-hour out-of-hours IT support. • A personal student email account with free email, web access and 25GB of disk space. • A selection of software for students to download free of charge. • Access to an Online Resource Centre providing online tutorials and 24-hour support. • The mPEGASUS student web portal and iPhone app giving students access to their information on the go. • Access to MyPlace, a virtual e-learning environment, where students can learn online and access course materials. • An expert IT Training team offering free training in a number of key software packages.


The University of Strathclyde offers sport through the Sports Union, which is run by students for students, and the Centre for Sport and Recreation. The Sports Union hosts an annual awards ball, which is normally held at the end of Feburary. It also has strong links with a number of organisations which provide brilliant indoor and outdoor facilities for the students. The Sports Union has a number of clubs, ranging from football to basketball (for both men and women), mountain biking to rugby, boxing to ultimate frisby, there really is something for everyone. Of course, if you don't find a club for the sport you are interested in, there is always an opportunity to make one yourself. A full list of the clubs available can be found on the above link, as well as events and contact details.

The Centre for Sport and Recreation offers extensive facilities, including an 18.5 metre swimming pool, six squash courts, a weights room and a conditioning suite. It also has playing fields at Stepps with five football pitches, two rugby pitches, one synthetic turf and one blaes hockey pitch and an artificial cricket wicket and a blaes hockey pitch. The Stepps centre was chosen as the only training venue in Scotland for the London 2012 Olympics and was used by football squads including the men’s team from Spain, which contained players from the country’s winning Euro 2012 squad, and the women’s team from the USA which went on to win gold.




The University's proximity to Glasgow city centre places it within easy reach of the city's abundant high street shopping areas, many of which are less than 10 minutes walk away to the west of the campus. There are many options for grocery shopping. Small Co-Operative and Sainbury’s Local stores are near the campus and provide essential goods. In the city centre, on Argyle Street, between 10 and 15 minutes walk away is a larger Tesco Metro, offering the majority of products required for everyday living. For a larger supermarket, Tesco Extra is approximately 1 mile north of the main campus. Lidl is found 0.6 miles away directly east along Duke Street. Aldi is located on High Street at a 5-10 minute walking distance from the University's campus village and Morrison's is at about 20 minutes walking distance both offering a wide range of groceries.


Glasgow is full of great restaurants at all budgets, and from all cultures.

It's not a restaurant as such, but the legendary Barbeque Kings on Great Western Road (just up from Kelvinbridge Tube Station) serves the best Chicken Pakora on earth - which CN (the owner of TSR) has been known to have friends collect before flying down to the South of England - just to relive its wondrous glory.


There Is a Natwest in the Student Union building on the main John Street Campus. There is also a Royal Bank of Scotland in Gordon Street, around 10 minutes’ walk from campus, and a Bank of Scotland near campus on Trongate at Glasgow Cross.


Buchanan Street Bus station is situated about a five-minute walk west of the main campus. The main campus is also situated a two-minute walk from Queen Street station and a 10 minute walk from Central Station, the two main railway stations in Glasgow. Glasgow also has an excellent underground rail service with trains running roughly every five to 10 minutes, the closest station to the campus is Buchanan Street Station which is accessible from Queen Street Station and from Buchanan Street.

Careers service

Strathclyde University operates a Careers Service based in Level 5 of the Livingstone Tower. Students can drop in to access reference material and use computers and printers for job searching. The university also runs a drop-in CV checking service every week and students can book a longer appointment (up to 30 minutes) with a careers adviser to discuss part-time work, internships, options for further study and graduate employment.

Part-time jobs

A lot of Strathclyde students undertake bar work while at university, working in the city's many bars and clubs. There are also a large number of food outlets which employ students part-time. PR work is also a popular option for students here. However, there are also a lot of 'scam employers' promising 'serious cash, fast' but which are in reality commission only jobs where the employee may be laid off after just 10 weeks. Always research potential employers online before applying.

Religious facilities

The university has a Chaplaincy Centre which caters for those of all faiths and none. The university library also has a Reflection Room which can be used for both religious and non-religious people as a space for some quiet reflection.

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Bars, Pubs and clubs

The main Strathclyde campus is positioned in the heart of Glasgow so is close to all of the pubs and clubs etc. Glasgow itself is a very vibrant city with over 30 clubs and hundreds of bars and pubs. Some of the most well known clubs are:

- Garage
- O2 ABC (Thursday night Jellybaby and Friday night Propaganda being popular)
- O'couture (where a lot of after sports union event after parties are held)
- The Arches (Octo)
- Kushion
- Bamboo
- 520
- Cathouse
- Campus
- Karbon (in the process of being renovated and is at the moment being held in the social in royal exchange square and will become an over 21 club when reopens)
- Polo
- And of coarse the Strathclyde Union


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Strathclyde has fairly standard accommodation, but its big advantage is its proximity to the university. I lived about 3 minutes walk away from my lectures theatres last year, so could leave at 8.55 and still be there on time for a 9am session. You also get to live less than 10 minutes walk from the city centre, which is a massive bonus as well.

As for the accommodation itself, it really depends what you want. There's limited full en-suite flats, and you'll pay a premium for that luxury. Most of the accommodation will require you to share facilities, which doesn't sound very good, but you get used to it. In one full year, I never had to queue for the shower on a morning. All of the flats have communal living areas, with a kitchen and TV lounge, which was very good socially.

The campus is very nice, with some nice grassy areas we used to relax on during sunny spring days.

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Student union

The main Student Union is situated on the John Anderson campus and is very near to the main city centre attractions. It has a number of bars which hold various regular events. this includes "twelve hour tuesday" where drinks are 99p from 3pm until 3am and the popular "Criminal Records" where 'cheesy' music is played from 10pm until 3am on a Friday. Also, on a Friday the union holds "TFI Fridays". These events are held weekly in the Barony bar on the second floor. Many acts from Amy Macdonald to The Hoosiers to The Vengaboys have played in the Vertigo Bar on the 8th floor. These are just a few of the events held at the union. It's always very lively and busy and it always fun (especially if you like winding down with a few cheap drinks after a hard day of lectures)!




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