We offer a free Airport Meet and Greet Taxi Service for international students arriving at Glasgow International Airport in January 2017.
Please note this the 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 (available early December) 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 customer service desk (look out for Visit Scotland and Glasgow Airport Taxis), sign in with an advisor at the desk and you will then be directed to a taxi.
The service will operate from Thursday 5th January through to Sunday 22nd January. Make your arrival in Glasgow stress-free and sign up below!
Our Airport Meet and Greet Taxi sign up form will be available at the start of December - please check back here then.
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.
Caledonian Court is less than 10 minute walk from the Bus Station, situated directly behind campus.
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 will be available from mid December. Please feel free to download our September 2016 brochure to give you a flavour of what to expect during Welcome Week.
You can also sign up for our Welcome Week activities via Eventbrite.
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 16th January - Friday 20th January, 8:30am - 5.00pm
Monday 23rd January - Friday 27th January, 8:30 - 5.00pm
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
Level 0, Centre for Executive Education (CEE Building)
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January, 12pm - 4pm
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 our January 2017 Welcome Group for all the latest updates and to meet your fellow students.