Private Sector

Find off-campus housing

If you prefer independent living and would like to find off-campus accommodation close to the university, Glasgow offers a wide selection of private student housing – everything from rooms in flats to entire houses. Our Accommodation Office can help you find your ideal student pad.

Types of accommodation

What type of housing you choose depends on a few factors, including your preference for sharing with friends or living on your own, and whether or not you have a family to house.

  • Shared houses or flats: This is usually the first option for the vast majority of students. You rent a room in a house or flat and share the lounge, bathroom, toilet and kitchen with housemates. If you’re an international student, staying in shared accommodation can be a great way for you to experience Glasgow life and improve your language skills.

  • Self-contained flats: This is the ideal accommodation for small families, couples or people who like their own space. The flat should have its own bathroom and kitchen, and a private front door. Amenities should not be shared.

  • Lodging: This involves living in a house or flat, usually with the owner. It is not regulated, but expect house rules and check cooking arrangements. Meals may not be provided.

How much does it cost?

Rent varies depending on the area and type of accommodation. You can expect to pay anything from £250 a month and you should budget for bills, including internet, lighting, energy and other household costs, on top of this.

When to look

The rental market in Glasgow is extremely busy during the summer with other students joining the various colleges and universities throughout the city, so we advise that you start flat hunting as soon as possible. Short-term accommodation is usually available at Caledonian Court during the summer, until 25th August.

Where to look

You are welcome to drop into the Accommodation Office at Caledonian Court for advice and information about the PAD (Private Accommodation Database) which helps students find accommodation in Glasgow. The Students’ Association is also a useful contact.

Things to consider

Here are three things you need to consider when looking for private student accommodation in Glasgow:

  • Where are you going to live?
    It’s great being close to lectures as well as nightlife, but make sure that a noisy city centre location won’t affect your quality of life. If you’re not in the city centre, try to choose somewhere that’s on a direct bus or train route. Are there good facilities nearby, such as a convenience store, supermarket and laundrette – not forgetting the all-important decent local pub?
  • How much you can afford?
    All students know that managing money can be tricky, especially if you’re living away from home for the first time. All of a sudden you’re deluged with bills for things like rent, gas, electricity, telephone, TV licence, transport, insurance and food. So how do you take care of all that and still afford to enjoy yourself? Budget, budget, budget – that’s how! Get budgeting advice from our money website
  • Who will be your housemates?
    Sharing with a group of friends can be the cheapest and easiest way to find somewhere to live. If there are a few of you house hunting together, make sure you start looking for somewhere as soon as possible.

Useful links


PAD is for students of all universities in Glasgow and provides lists of flats available. Once you have accessed it, you will be asked for a user name and password, which is only available to registered students. If you have not yet registered, please contact the Accommodation Office for assistance. 

Glasgow City Council

The Council can provide information and regulations on issues such as multiple occupancy.

Accommodation Office

Contact us at:

T: +44 (0)141 331 3980
F: +44 (0)141 331 3957