The university was founded in 1451 making it the fourth oldest University in the English speaking world. The University Of Glasgow is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities placing 51st in the world and 9th in the UK in 2013.

The University was originally located in the city’s High Street but since 1870 the main University campus has been located at Gilmorehill in Glasgow’s West End. There are also a number of campuses outwith Glasgow including a Marine Biological station located in Millport on the Island of Cumbrae in the Firth Of Clyde and the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.


The University has certainly had it’s fair share of high profile former staff including philosopher Francis Hutcheson, engineer James Watt, economist Adam Smith, physicist Lord Kelvin, surgeon Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, seven Nobel laureates, two British Prime Ministers, several leaders of Britain’s and Scotland’s major political parties, and numerous leading figures from legal, scientific and business professions.

Entry to the university is highly competitive; applications for each place on many of its courses run into double figures, and successful entrants have on average almost 485 UCAS points. This ranks as the 11th highest among UK higher education institutions.


If you are planning on visiting the University, looking into becoming a potential student, a returning student or even attending one of the University’s many open days, the Kelvin Hotel is just a 10 minute walk and a 3 minute taxi drive to it’s main campus. This makes the Kelvin Hotel the ideal place to stay when you need quick and easy access to the University.

We are more than happy to discuss directions to University on your arrival as well as arrange a taxi service service to and from the University.

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