Glasgow and UK experiences varying weather, spring in the city tends to enjoys mild temperatures and rain showers. The summer months see warmer temperatures around 15-20°C (59-68°F) and vary between mild, warm and sunny, during the summer months make sure you take advantage of up to 16 hours of daylight. Autumn generally sees cooler weather with temperatures around 5-13°C (41-55°F). Whereas the winter months are often colder again with temperatures in January averaging 4°C (39°F).
The West coast of Scotland can get a lot of rain, so a waterproof jacket and shoes are advised. Generally several light layers of clothes are better for staying warm rather than one big coat or thick sweater. Glasgow has a huge selection of shops, so suitable clothes can be found to meet any taste or budget.
Cost of Living
Glasgow is not an expensive city to be a student in, in fact it’s one of the most affordable cities in the UK. Even though this is the case there is a chance that you might find it a bit more expensive than your home country, particularly if you’re coming from outside Western Europe.
Generally speaking, if you’re an undergraduate student studying for 9 months or 37 weeks of the year you will need between £5,800 and £7,200 per year. Postgraduate students are usually here for longer (50 weeks of the year) so will need between £7,700 and £9,600 for a 12 month stay.
If you’re bringing your spouse or any dependents with you then you will need approximately £460 extra per month for each person accompanying you.
Full-time and part-time work
Once you’ve graduated you might be considering staying on in Glasgow to look for a full-time job. EU/EEA students will have no restrictions on what they can do post-graduation but non-EU international students will have to return home before their study visa expires unless they have found employment before then. The Careers Service at your university or college is the best place to start when looking for work. They can help you with all aspects of looking and applying for jobs and will have access to all the large graduate recruiters. They can also help you with your CV and interview skills and will be able to advise you on how best to approach prospective employers.
There are no restrictions on EU/EEA students in terms of working. Most non-EU international students coming to the UK to study for 12 months or longer are entitled to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full-time during vacations. However, if you are a research student or a postgraduate student writing your dissertation, you are not permitted to work full-time during University vacations as you will be expected to continue with your research during vacation periods.
Glasgow’s position as the largest city in Scotland and the largest retail centre outside London’s West End makes it relatively easy to find part-time work in the city. If you’re happy to take part-time work in shops, restaurants, bars, call centres etc then you should be able to find something. If you’re looking for a more professional part-time job then this might be a bit more difficult especially if you are looking to find something related to your studies.
You will find part-time jobs are advertised on-line, in Job Centres, in the local press and directly in shop and business windows etc. Employment agencies can also help you find both part-time and full-time work.
Glasgow is an easy city to navigate your way around whether you are looking to walk around the city, hop on the subway or grab a taxi. Find out more about getting around the city here.