Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Funding: Scottish students are not required to pay tutition fees. Students from outside Scotland will need to pay fees (loans are avaliable to cover the cost of fees).
Percent Women: 51%
Tuition (one year): £16,200 (Tuition is £9,000, accomidation is £7,200)
Most Popular Majors: Business, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy.
Greek Life: No
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit The University of Strathclyde’s website at www.strath.ac.uk/admissions/
Why Choose Strath?
"I applied to Strathclyde because it has a really good reputation and the Union is legendary!"
"I loved Glasgow as a city, its so beautiful and dynamic I knew that I wanted to live and study here. Strathclyde University was a perfect fit for me, it's a great univeristy, with great opportunities for its students not only to progress academically but to grow as a well rounded member of society."
"Strathclyde has a good reputation, in Glasgow."
"Best business school in Scotland, located in central Glasgow close to everything, very international."
"My first priority when picking a university was that I wanted to move to the UK and I was recommended by a friend, who already lived here, to look at Scottish universities. I then met a representative from Strathclyde at a "university fair" and found out that they offered interesting courses in the area I was interested in. I applied to a couple of universities, but when I was accepted to Strathclyde I quickly decided that that was where I wanted to go. What tipped the scale for me was the fact that Strathclyde is right in the city centre of Glasgow and it offered a very wide approach to my subject area in the first year."
"I love that the academic and the social parts of universuty life are so close to each other at Strathclyde. The Union building is right in the middle of campus and it's really easy to first go to the gym, then to a lecture, then do some work in the library and then meet some friends in the university pub. For me it means that I'm more focused when I study if I can do something else during my day aswell."
"Good union and very close to the main shopping in town which is always a great distraction!"
"I love the library! Since its been refurbished its so cool, the new changes make the library a really fun place to study. The Union is also fab, the best in Scotland if I'm not mistaken! They always host such great events during the year from Freshers week to Finals week, they are always game for some fun! The 12-hour Tuesdays are a campus tradition and somthing that everybody should attend at least once, especially the Halloween 12-Hour !!"
"12 Hour Tuesday is probably what strathy union is best known for, it's spoken about by students from other uni's in hushed, reverent tones of jealousy. Always a laugh."
"The teaching quality is to a very high standard and the lecturers are first class in their field of study."
"Some of the buildings are a bit out of date, and students should have a bigger say in the main events like Freshers week."
"The worst part is that some of the classes have to get cut occasionally due to budget issues, for example both Geography and Sociology courses no longer run at Strathclyde."
"If there are technical issues with Myplace it can be annoying, especially if your trying to find out where your class is!"
"The amount of hills we need to climb to get anywhere should be improved however, its a great work out!"
"A lot of the buildings at Strathclyde are quite run down and could do with some rebuilding and redecoration. It sounds like a minor complaint, but it would do a lot for the general atmosphere on campus."
"Some of the buildings have not been maintained well (Colville especially) and look a bit grim."
New Collegiette on Campus
"During my first year I wasn't just new to Strathclyde, but I was new to living in the UK, which I guess makes my experience a bit different from most. But I found friends very quickly and after only a few months I felt very assimilated and like this was really where I belonged. That would be my general advice for anyone; make sure you go out and find stuff to do, meet people and get integrated. A new life isn't just going to come knock on your door, all ready and figured out. You need to go out there and find what's right for you! I feel like there's plenty of possibilities to do that at Strathclyde. Plus, Strathclyde is in the middle of Glasgow, so if you don't feel at home on campus, there's a whole city out there for you to discover."
"It's mostly First years and exchange students who live in halls and the people you met in your course is obviously all First years as well. In my faculty there's not a lot of interaction between different years, so my advice to not just hang-out with other First years but also to join a club or society, where it's all really mixed both with regards to faculty and year of study."
"Go to Freshers its amazing! Also a great way to find out about great oppertunites on campus"
"First year wasn't such a scary experience for me, I took a gap year and saw how my friend dealt with First year so I was ready for it! Moving out was maybe the only bit I was nervous about, especially about getting on with my new flatmates. The halls at strathclyde are great and there are lots to choose from. Orientation is pretty good too, there are upperclassmen about on campus all of Freshers week, helping you move in or helping you to classes. The university offers some really great events during Freshers week so that you can get to know your flatmates, meet new people and also other univeristy students from higher years. A tradition I knew about was definitely the Strathclyde Halls Snowball fights, especially when the first snow fell, even if it was 1am, you were up out of your bed and onto the street having fun!"
"Talk to people in your tutorials its the easiest way to meet people with the same interests as you."
"My classmates and I are just starting our dissertations and we're slightly terrified! But there's a great support network at Strathclyde and you're always encouraged to ask for help."
"The library is always busy! People seem to find a spot that they like and study there, creatures of habit!"
"The Business School is one of the most popular along with the Teaching Degrees and definitely the Engineering School ! Course registration is really easy, MyPlace is really easy once you get the hang of it. Your course advisor is always on hand to help if you need it. You've got to act fast to get into the popular classes but the university is good for trying is best to relocate you of you don't get your first choice. Fulfilling academic requirements is easy enough if you study and use decent time management to get your essays done on time. Final projects on the other hand are different for the different schools, in the Social Sciences you are required to write a dissertation some require a project report. The library is great for studying and around exam times is constantly packed with people. But apart from that its a great place to get your work done."
"Most subjects require a heavy workload and a dissertation if you choose to do an Honors year, library is very busy during exam times!"
"In the business school, marketing and economics are the most popular subjects. Lots of people study in the library but also at home. We do not have much choice in our classes after we've chosen our primary subjects."
Learn from the Best
"Everyone's favourite lecturers are the ones who tell jokes in the class and have great charisma."
"I study a BA in Politics and my favorite lectures have always been the ones on International Relations. It might be because that's a personal interest of mine, but I think those courses are really good and well-taught."
"Usually you have lectures combined with seminars. Lectures aren't compulsory, but I don't see why people don't go to them. First of all it's really difficult to study on your own, without any guidance what so ever. Secondly, lectures do tend to be quite interesting. Sure some professors have a really boring voice and some are very badly structured, but on the whole you learn a lot from going to lectures. Finally, lectures are where you meet the other students and get a chance to ventilate what you feel about the course."
Studying at university tends to be quite a lonely run, especially if you're in social sciences. A lot of your studies means that your read, literally just read and take notes from books or online. Or you write essays or reports, prepare presentations etc. So prepare to spend a lot of your time at your desk, or at the library or sitting in your bed, or where ever you prefer to study. You most likely know already what kind of "study-person" you are, so just study using the methods you feel you learn most by using and you'll get the best results.
"My favourite classes have been some of my History and Geography classes, they were fun and really interesting. Mark Ellis taught my American History class which I loved! Anna McLaughlin who taught a few of my geography classes was great, she was really laid back but made doing the work fun. Each lecturer/tutorial teacher has office hours that are sometimes really helpful especially if you need some one-to-one time."
Interest & Involvement
"I'm part of the committee that runs Strathclyde Fusion, the student radio. Joining a club is a really important part of being at university, and it's been an amazing experience. I've met loads of incredible bands and developed skills I otherwise wouldn't have!"
"The university is a real hotbed of extracurricular activities! The sports union is fab and there are some really great sports to join up to and some that are really different, like Extreme Frisbee!"
"I feel like most students at Strathclyde are very active in clubs and society, whether it be sports or arts or something else. This means that there's a lot to get involved in on campus and something for every interest."
"I think most people find out about different clubs, and I certainly did, when they arrive as Freshers and there's fairs and all sorts of promotion just at the start of the semester. Sometimes it even gets spread by word of mouth, from one friend to the other."
"The great thing is if you don't like any of the clubs or societies then you can start your own!"
"I'm in two sports clubs at Strathclyde; fencing and rugby. Fencing I had done before, since I was a kid and all the way through school. So it was great to be able to continue to do that at university and also to have something that was familiar, when everything else about starting uni was so new. Rugby on the other hand was something I'd barely heard of before and I gave it a go as a fun thing to have tried. But I ended up really falling for it and kept playing. Being a member of these two clubs has meant so much to me, not just for general fitness and playing a sport, but also socially. Most of my close friends at uni I've met through the clubs somehow and we have so much fun together. In both teams we're a really tight group of friends who support each other both on and off the field, or pist as it's called in fencing."
"In general I would say that the Sports Union at Strathclyde is good, but I also feel like it varies a lot from sport to sport and it's difficult to say that if there's any overall "sporting culture". There's a Sports Ball every year for all the members of various clubs, which is usually well-attended. There's obviously also the competitions against Glasgow University, "the rivals", but like I said, it varies from sport to sport. Generally each individual sport organizes their own events, both competition-wise and socially."
"The team spirit on campus is fantastic, everyone supports each other and everyone works together!"
"The main teams are the most popular sports like football, rugby, netball, ect... There is real team spirit through the campus but especially with those involved within the Sports Union, they all cheer each other on."
"I'm not really into sports myself but I'm on good terms with James, the President of the Sports Union, and I've seen a lot of support from students for their teams!"
"I've never experienced any problems at Strathyclyde because of my gender, in fact, on my course I'd say there's more women than men! However I think there's still a huge bias in gender in the engineering department."
"Its great! There is no real dress code when it comes to univeristy, its a chance to express yourself without the constrictions of a school uniform, anything goes I think. I think on campus there is a good gender ratio and that its not really an issue, everybody gets along and nobody cares if you're a boy or girl!"
"I'd say the my overall experience of being a woman on campus has been very good. Personally I've never been mistreated and nor has any of my friends. I believe there is a woman's club, but I've never taken a personal interest in it. Resource centres of various kinds are open to both men and women, but I haven't heard of one specifically for women. But like I said, I haven't taken a personal interest in it."
"Personally I would wish that my faculty had more female staff and professors. However, it's a very male dominated discipline, so it's not just a problem for Strathclyde, but everywhere. I hope we can change that for the future, because the student ratio is pretty much 50/50."
"Girls dress quite fashionably. I do not know of any women's organisations, but then again I do not feel at all at a disadvantage compared to guys, nor have I encountered any discrimination based on gender. There are very few girls in the engineering faculty, but in the business school where I study the gender ratio is pretty much 50/50, maybe a bit more girls."
Food & Drink
"In my opinion one of the best things about Strathclyde is that it's right in the centre of Glasgow, which means that you're not stuck on a campus somewhere out in the middle of nowhere. There are a ton of restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops etc just round the corner, which means that you can get anything you like; whether it's what you like to have for lunch or what kind of social scene you want to be a part of."
"Union has good cheap food and there are cafés as well loads of other options nearby."
"The university has a few little cafe's across campus that are great to pick up a coffee or a quick sandwhich and the union has a restaurant that is really cheap and has great food. And Todd's bar in the middle of the uni halls is also great for drinks and cheap meals! But Strathclyde is in Glasgow City Centre, which is packed with amazing places to eat and drink and have fun!"
"There are vending machines in the main buildings so no matter what you can always get a sugar rush!"
"The food in the campus cafe's have improved a lot, Java now has a Noodle Bar!"
"Most people head out to Glasgow's buzzing night life spots to have a good time and party."
"Sauchiehall Street is a great place for clubs and bars such as ABC and the Garage. Bath Street too is also pretty good."
"There's clubs and bars for every sort of taste - if you're into Rock or Metal there's The Cathouse, for people who like Dance or Electronic Sub Club and Buff Club are really popular, and the small music venues in Glasgow are famous!"
"The West End of Glasgow with Byres Road, Ashton Lane and Great Western Road are great night out and only a subway ride away."
"Glasgow has a fantastic social scene, on and off campus!!"
"As Glasgow has three Universities, all the clubs, bars and pubs have great deals, particluarly on a Thursday when its student night out!"
"The dorms are great, there are different building to choose from and roommates can be requested but they are also randomly assigned. All of the dorms are mega secure with two sets of keys needed to get in. The dorms are also right next to campus, you can literally roll out of bed to class and roll back in!"
"Being in dorms are great as you're never more than a 10 minutes walk away from all the clubs and bars in town."
"The hall of residence are on campus which is amazing!"
"There are conditions for living in the halls, you have to live 25 miles away from the univeristy to qualify."
"Dorms is a great way to meet friends!"
"Glasgow is a very cosmopolitan and internaional city!"
"Strathclyde University is in the heart of the city centre, next to all the shops, bars and restaurants."
"Its very easy to get around the city, the Subway connects you to all the major attractions. There is also the train and bus services when you want to get a little bit further out or even travel to Edinburgh for the day."
"During rush hour transport can be overcrowded so try and avoid."
"There is so much going on in the city centre and the Union lots of differnet club nights and gigs to go to so you have a wide chose."
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Strathclyde
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