International Students

Arriving in Glasgow

We offer a free Airport Meet and Greet Taxi Service for international students arriving at Glasgow International Airport in December 2016 and January 2017. 

This service is only available to new international students studying on full time programmes at GCU.

The registration process is simple.

All you have to do is sign up via the registration form below and provide details of your arrival time, flight number, programme of study, as well as select a drop-off point in Glasgow City Centre. When you arrive at Glasgow Airport, you need to report to the Taxi Information Desk (located next to Domestic Arrivals and adjacent to Visit Scotland's Information Desk), sign in with an advisor at the desk and you will then be directed to a taxi. 

The service will operate from Monday 26th December 2016 - Sunday 22nd January 2017, 7am - 10pm daily.

Please note the service will not be in operation on Sunday 1st January 2017 as the airport desk in closed. Ther service will also only be operational from 10am - 6pm on Monday 26th December 2016 and Monday 2nd January 2017.

If you are planning to arrive on the 26th December, 1st January or 2nd January please contact us at before Friday 23rd December and we can attempt to arrange an alternative solution.

Make your arrival in Glasgow stress-free and sign up below! 

For more information on the service, please email


The University is closed from Friday 23rd December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 so student looking for advice or information between this period is highly unlikely to get a response from a GCU staff member. If you're arriving between these dates, Glasgow Airport's customer service desk will have note of your registration details so if your flight time or circumstances have changed, please email

If you wish to use our Airport Meet and Greet Taxi Service please sign up via the registration form below: 


Public Transport 

For students not eligible to use our meet and greet service, there is a shuttle bus that runs from the airport to the bus station in the city - please make sure you have money to cover the fare (approx £7.50). You may need to provide proof of student status (offer letter) in order to obtain a student rate. The bus station in the city centre is directly across the road from The University.

Arriving at GCU

Buchanan Bus Station is directly across from the GCU campus. If you choose to travel from the airport by public transport, the First 500 airport bus will drop you there.

Caledonian Court is less than 10 minute walk from the Bus Station, situated directly behind campus.

Student Welcome Programme

The Student Welcome Programme is a week-long introduction to GCU packed full of social and informative activities. Meet friends, attend free events, learn about Glasgow, register with a GP and open a UK bank account plus much more.

International Welcome Week will run from Sunday 15th January to Saturday 21st January. Our Student Welcome Programme brochure contains information on the exciting events and activities we will be running that week, as well as advice and support on the services GCU has to offer. Our January 2017 brochure is available to download via the link below:

You can also sign up for our Welcome Week activities via Eventbrite.

Global Buddies

We would like to welcome you to Scotland and help you settle into life as a student at Glasgow Caledonan University. The first few months at university can be an exciting yet nervous time, and it can take a while to adjust to a new environment.

You may want to consider taking part in our Global Buddies programme. The programme pairs an international student with a home student, with the intention of giving you a a buddy that you can go to for help and advice during your first few months in Scotland. Your buddy will help you:

  • Settle into university life
  • Understand the Services on offer at GCU
  • Make new friends
  • Introduce you to UK culture
  • Get to know the city
  • Practice your conversational English

To sign up for the service, please visit our webpages and fill out an application form. If you would like more information on Global Buddiues, please email


Collecting your Student ID Card

Please bring your passport (make sure it is stamped on entry tio the UK, even if you come via another EU country) and biometric immigration document(or letter from Home Office if you are to collect on campus and you can collect it before you get your card) to receive your student ID card. You should already have sent us your photograph as part of our registration process.


Campus Life Desk, Level 1, George Moore Building


Monday 9th January - Friday 14th January, 8:30am - 5.00pm

Monday 16th January - Friday 20th January, 8:30am - 5.00pm

Monday 23rd January - Friday 27th January, 8:30am - 5.00pm

Monday 30th January - Friday 3rd February, 8:30am - 5.00pm

Opening a UK Bank Account

We advise you to open a bank account in the UK - it makes things easier if you need to extend or apply for a visa. Santander is a partner of GCU and has a branch located on campus.

Early Bird banking for International Students

Santander will be running a stand during Welcome Weekend for international students keen to start the process early.


Level 0, Centre for Executive Education (CEE Building)


Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January, 12pm - 4pm

Police registration

Nationals of some countries are required to register with the police within seven days of arrival in the UK. Entry clearance vignettes and biometric residence permits should state clearly whether this is required. If you are unsure, get in touch with Visa Immigration Support & Advice.


In addition to our welcome programme, you should also have received induction and orientation information specific to your course area. You can continue to check your school page for induction updates.

Join us and other new students on Facebook

Join our January 2017 Welcome Group for all the latest updates and to meet your fellow students.


The University is closed from Friday 23rd December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 so any student looking for advice between this period is highly unlikely to get a response from a GCU staff member.