International Students

Arriving in Glasgow

We offer a free Airport Meet and Greet Taxi Service for international students arriving at Glasgow International Airport in January 2018. 

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 Tuesday 26th December 2018 - Friday 2nd February 2018, 7am - 10pm daily.


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

For more information on the service, please email


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: 

Meet and Greet Taxi Service at Glasgow Airport- January 2018

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

Our International 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 Saturday 20th January to Sunday 28th January 2018. Our International Welcome 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 2018 brochure is available to download below:‌

Welcome Brochure (Jan 2018 FINAL)

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

Want to hear about some of our previous international students experiences of Welcome Week, watch our video below:


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

Watch our video below to find out more about benefits of enrolling in our Global Buddies Programme:


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.

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.


Across from the Campus Life Desk, level 1, George Moore Building


Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January 2018, 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 2018 Welcome Group for all the latest updates and to meet your fellow students.