10​ ​alternative​ ​things​ ​to​ ​do​ ​while​ ​studying in​ ​Glasgow

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Clubbing and boozing aren’t the only things to do during Fresher’s Week in Glasgow. There’s so much more to explore in the Scottish city during your initial weeks at uni and beyond.

In collaboration with Fresher’s Festival this year, team yada has created a selection of alternative hangouts for you and your friends to explore while you’re avoiding your first week of lectures…

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Get Locked Up and Escape

And no, we’re not talking about jailbreak. Join in the fun of live escape games with Escape Glasgow, who just recently opened its first venue in the city. The challenge is simple – you must pick a room, team up with friends and use your wits to solve the puzzles and codes that are the key to your escape. Choose between battling in teams of two in the Witchcraft and Wizardry room, cracking codes in the Glasgow Classic Escape, or breaking free from a potential quarantine in the Contagion game. It’s also an awesome way to get to know your new flatmates, classmates or friends that you met on a boozy night out.

Why it’s great for students

Discounts are £17 for students, just visit the website to get the promotional code!




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Go Retro at the Glasgow Vintage Co.

If you’re looking for unique vintage pieces at bargain prices, then visit the Glasgow Vintage Co. This cozy shop tucked away on Great Western Road offers a range of retro fashion for men, women and children and a £10 clothes rack which is much-loved among regulars at  the store. Turn heads on campus with retro denim jackets, shoes, skirts dresses and accessories that date from the 1950s to the 1980s. As most of these pieces are rare, it’s almost guaranteed that you won’t find anyone at uni who is dressed quite like you.

Why it’s great for students

It’s a great way to spend your Sundays, and you never know, you might find something cool to decorate your room with!





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Shop for Sunday market gems

Fancy shopping for items that you can’t find anywhere else? Visit the Granny Would Be Proud indoor market on Sundays at the Hillhead Book Club. Boasting a range of over 250 independent creative sellers, you can find anything from vintage clothing, homeware, bakery goods and jewellery, to unique arts and crafts and more. You can also enjoy their Polaroid Photo Booth and a vintage make-over if you’re up for it.

Why it’s great for students

Discounts are £17 for students, just visit the website to get the promotional code!




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Play board games at the Flying Duck

So you’ve furiously typed out one hundred words for your essay (it only took two hours!) and now you’re looking for a distraction during your study break. Why not head over to The Flying Duck? Calling itself ‘Glasgow’s best kept secret’, this multi-platform space lives up to its title. Known for its impressive collection of board games, books, weekly film screenings and performances, The Flying Duck is a popular place for students to let their hair down. You can even join the life-drawing classes on Tuesdays, for when you want to release your inner Da Vinci. There’s plenty to keep you amused here if you’re keen to escape the library, so grab your friends for a round of drunk Monopoly, life drawing and who knows what else.

Why it’s great for students

With an all vegan food menu that costs no more than £10, two for one tacos on Taco Tuesdays for £2, cheap drinks, a 20% student discount and a free toast policy, you’ll be barging your way in.




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Flex your ping pong skills

Monday lectures can be dreary, so treat yourself to some fun after class. Head over to the Hillhead Book Club and challenge your buddies to a Monday night ping pong duel or table football. If you’re in the mood for music, then sit back and enjoy some of the club’s regular DJ sets from Wednesday through Saturday while sipping on some cocktails served out of gramophones (no, seriously!). The Club also features over 50 retro games consoles to choose from, and you can also join in a round of bingo or sign up for the Club’s sewing classes. Sure, it’s something your nan would do, but we won’t tell anyone.

Why it’s great for students

An all week brunch menu, strawberry mojitos for £3, and you won’t have to spend more than £10 on food. Oh, and the ping pong and consoles of course!




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Eat cheap, but eat well at the Revolution Bar

Affordable food is a must for surviving student life – but it doesn’t have to mean eating Pot Noodles for three days straight. The Revolution Bar in Glasgow boasts a range of cheap and tasty platters, pizzas, sandwiches, mains, drinks and much more that you and your friends can enjoy without draining your student loan.

Why it’s great for students

Everything on the menu is under £10. Selected meals are 50% off all day on Mondays. £5 sharing food and £4 cocktails all day from Tuesday – Thursday. Brilliant.





Experience the Glasgow Film Festival

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a film buff, then the Glasgow Film Festival is a great post-Fresher’s treat. From 21 February – 4 March 2018, the Festival features brand new local and international films spanning multiple genres. Whether you’re into mainstream movies, rare cult films, underground features, experimental art-house cinema, or classic flicks, there’s no shortage of choice. Attendees can also look forward to filmmaker guest appearances, discussion panels and workshops, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to see what films are in store.

Why it’s great for students 

It’s a once in a year opportunity to discover a vast range of films from all over the world, and ticket prices are £8 for students!




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Spin a record or two at Love Music

Flick through endless stacks of new and secondhand records at Love Music – Glasgow’s independent record shop situated on Dundas Street. While Love Music are rock specialists, they also stock tons of other genres. You can expect to find anything from country, to electronica, jazz, world music and more, so there’s something for everyone. Love Music also stocks records from local, unsigned artists so keep your ears peeled for Glasgow’s local talent.

Why it’s great for students

With such a wide range of music, you’re bound to discover a heap of new songs that you can add to your future playlists. It’s also great for music students looking for a bit of exposure.




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Explore the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Experience one of the finest European art collections that the UK has to offer at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Known as one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions and the highest visited museum in the UK outside of London, the Kelvingrove boasts 22 themed galleries with over 8,000 objects. The collections here are impressively varied – from Scottish art, to significant objects originating from various cultures around the world, to natural history, ancient egyptian artifacts and beyond.

Why it’s great for students 

Not only is it free, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery is excellent for gaining some knowledge of Scottish arts and culture.  




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Delve into Glasgow’s underground art scene

Chill with the artsy kids of Glasgow at The Art School. A popular hub among art students, The Art School is a student and artist led creative space that showcases art exhibitions, film screenings, live gigs, workshops and other innovative projects from international artists and musicians. Hanging out at The Art School’s dining area, The Vic Café Bar, won’t hurt your wallet either, as food and drinks are served at a student friendly price. Plus, all proceeds from The Art School goes straight to supporting creative student projects too! So you’ll be supporting the creative community while enjoying great art.

Why it’s great for students…

It’s a progressive space created for students, by students that features some of Glasgow’s most talented artists.



So next time you’re about in Glasgow city, try some of these places out –  you never know, it might turn into your next favourite place.

Are there any fun student hangouts in Glasgow that you’ve heard about or been to? Let us know by talking to us on Twitter!

Check out our 5 Top Festival Hacks For Summer ’17

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