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City Spotlight: Glasgow v Edinburgh

Welcome back to our City Spotlight series, this month is Glasgow vs Edinburgh. Wanting to go to university up North in Scotland but not sure how to decide where? Here is a direct comparison between the two cities, both are perfect if you don’t mind the cold! 


Glasgow is a port city, famous for its Victorian architecture. It’s also known for being a national culture capital hub and for its recent project People Make Glasgow (PMG) to help develop Glasgow into one of the friendliest cities worldwide, so you can be sure to get a warm welcome when you join the city as a student!

City Life As A Student

At Glasgow University you are only a 6-minute journey away from the town centre, so you don’t have to worry about having to travel long distances or having to spend all your student loan on public transport.

Glasgow is renowned for its live gigs and iconic venues such as the O2 Academy and The Barrowlands which is perfect for when you need a fun night to break up studies. The Art galleries in Glasgow are free so they are ideal for a cultural day out if you are low on cash.

Bars / Places To Eat

If you’re looking to go out for a few drinks or a bite to eat Glasgow has it all! The Shilling Brewing Company on West George Street offers amazing vibes and was rated the Number 1 brewery in Scotland. They’re Aiming to be as inclusive as possible and house the largest amount of vegan beer options in Glasgow, alongside a wide variety of alcohol free and gluten free beers. With such a vast range there truly is a beer for every thirst! Revolution on Mitchell Street is cheap and cheerful for pre drinks with 6 shots for just £13.50. They offer veggie, vegan and Gluten free food options and are rated 4.5 on TripAdvisor! Other top-rated places to eat include The Ivy on Buchanan Street, Mini Grill Steakhouse on Bath St, and the Italian Kitchen. So, you can be sure you will never go hungry in the city of Glasgow!

Top Companies Hiring

Wondering what to do and where to start your job search after your degree? Why leave when you can stay in Glasgow and work for one of these Top 10 companies (from Indeed) employing graduates in the city:

  • SP Energy Networks
  • Scottish Power
  • DXC Technology
  • Terumo Aortic
  • Doosan Babcock
  • SSE Renewables
  • Leidos
  • RPS
  • Capita

Tech Events 

Throughout the academic year, Glasgow hosts a range of events suited for every occasion and interest – including tech. S.T.A.R regularly host Science and Tech events, alongside International Conferences on recent tech innovations across 2022 which will continue in the future. There are also Tech Trends events held monthly and tips on sustainable tech. So Glasgow’s tech event scene is clearly thriving and will offer you a wide range of events throughout your time in the city.


Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is a city set up for tourists unlike Glasgow, so no need to worry about having to search for things to do. From heritage and architecture to clubs and bars no wonder it was voted the best city for students!

Bars / Places To Eat

Whether you are waning to go out for a few cocktails with the girls, off on a pub crawl or out for a bite to eat Edinburgh will spoil you of options. Bonnie & Wild are a sophisticated food stall market in St. James Quarter on the 4th floor. With artisan gelato, burger bars, pizzas, patisserie, coffee alongside plant based and gluten free options available it really caters for absolutely every taste!  Enjoy amazing meals from Salt & Chilli Oriental from Jimmy Lee’s Lycee Oriental then why not try some delicious ice cream at Joelato for desert. If you’re looking to enjoy a warm coffee then visit the Broken Clock Café. This café was named out of home business of the year at the Bakery awards 2020 – guests recommend the fresh Hazelnut and chocolate Bombolone !

 There’s no need to make a reservation so it's perfect for a spontaneous day out! Also In St.James’ Quarter is The Alchemist, this is the ideal cocktail bar and restaurant for theatre served! So why not visit and let their creative cocktails, mixology and delicious dining enchant you.

Top Companies Hiring

With the highest levels of graduate retention outside of London in the UK, you don’t have to stress about struggling to find a job post grad. Here is a list of the top companies hiring roles related to graduates from Indeed:

  • NatWest Group
  • BEAR Scotland
  • Sweco
  • Max Fordham LLP
  • Atkins
  • Forth Capital
  • RPS
  • Network Rail

Tech Events

Edinburgh is a key tech hub hosting numerous tech events across the year, with events such as ‘Hack your age’ teaching you what tech may look like for you in the future, and even international conferences being held to discuss the management of tech. The list of tech events held in the capital of Scotland is never-ending so there will always be a plethora of events to visit each week during your time as a student.

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Get in touch with one of our dedicated recruitment consultants today at where a member of our team will be happy to help you along the recruitment process.

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