5 places for Glasgow freshers to visit this week

As Freshers Week comes to a close, the excitement of starting uni, maybe even moving to a new city, is starting to wear off. But just because classes start next week, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Here are a few student loan-friendly ways to spend your free time in Glasgow, if you’re new to the city.

HAMPDEN STADIUM TOUR

If you’re into football then why not head down to the national team’s stadium for a wander round? Tours start at £13 for adults, and are a great way to learn about the history of Scottish football, and find out information about upcoming matches. Visit the museum area, the players’ changing room, and walk down the tunnel onto the pitch, like you’re a member of the Scottish team, greeted by the famous ‘Hampden roar’.

THE RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

“It’s free,” are words that are music to your ears if you’re a student. Well, entry to Glasgow’s award winning transport museum, the Riverside Museum, is free, and is a great way to learn about the history of the city. Immerse yourself in Glasgow’s cobbled streets of 100 years ago, with exhibitions including replicas of shops, cafes and subway stations dating from 1895 to 1980. Learn about Glasgow’s ship building industry, and hundreds of cars, motorbikes and other vehicles too.

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Many visitors tell us their favourite part of the museum is the old street. We've called it 'Main Street'. Individuals, organisations and transport has shaped Glasgow's streets & how they're used. We've captured a street that spans from the late 1890s as you enter the street to the late 1920s towards the end. Shops include a photographer's studio, a Saddlers shop, Pawn shop, cabinet makers, dress makers, cobblers, subway, a pub and a cafe. It also features the oldest working post box in Scotland where you can still post letters and postcards. Vehicles on the street include a horse drawn hearse, a horse-drawn tram, early cars and a Caledon lorry (probably the only one in the world) #edwardian #old #street #museum #shops #vehicles #cars #cobbled #tramtracks #glasgow #mainstreet #interactivevisitorexperience #museumfavourites #cobbles #cars #lorry #caledon #postbox #oldest

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

If you love sightseeing, this is the place for you! The Lighthouse, located just off Buchanan Street, was designed by Glaswegian treasure, Charles Rennie MacKintosh and is the perfect place to learn about Glasgow’s architecture scene. We know that may not appeal to all, so the museum also features the famous tower, which if you climb up, will give you a fantastic panoramic view of the entire city, stretching from Dennistoun in the east of the city, all the way to the Campsie Fells hills in the West. The ideal place to get that perfect Instagram post.

PAESANO

Any Glaswegian will know Paesano is the place to go for the best budget meal in the city. Glasgow’s number one pizza restaurant, located on Miller Street in the Merchant City and Great Western Road in the West End, creates authentic Napoletana pizza, made in seconds in pizza ovens nestled into the back of the restaurants. With nine menu options (catering to veggies, vegans and meat-eaters) and prices starting at only £5, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

BUCHANAN GALLERIES STUDENT NIGHT

Make sure you pencil Thursday 27 September into your diary, because many shops in Buchanan Galleries are participating in Student Night, offering discounts of up to 50 per cent. Accesorize, Boots, Hollister, Krispy Kreme and Pandora are all taking part. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on stationary for lectures, get those toiletries you forgot about in your first weekly shop, or just treat yourself to that coat you’ve been eyeing up for weeks.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas about where to visit in your new home. There’s plenty to do in Glasgow: you can never be bored. So welcome to the city, and remember, if you work hard, you can play hard too!

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