When choosing somewhere to rent in Glasgow let GCU help make your decision a little easier with some student-friendly words of advice.

Try Caledonian Court first

GCU’s student accommodation, Caledonian Court, houses 660 students in 100 modern, self-catering flats perfectly-located for those early morning lectures.

We prioritise first-year international students when allocating Caledonian Court flats so it is always worth checking our availability before looking elsewhere.

Research Online

There are lots of great tips and checklists out there for first-time renters that will help you to feel informed and empowered about your choice of accommodation. We recommend you check out UKCISA’s guide to planning your accommodation

Finding a flat

If you are looking for something close to campus but Caledonian Court is full, it is worth checking out Unite Student Living. It has five blocks of student housing in Glasgow with a good choice of studio rooms and flats available. The nearest accommodation block to Glasgow Caledonian University is Buchanan View.

The University also has links with Fortis Student Accommodation who reserves space for GCU students. You can arrange to see these through the GCU accommodation office.

There are also a number of private letting agents around the city and some popular search sites:

Here are some of the things you can expect when renting in Glasgow:

  • It’s common to have a minimum 6 months lease and required to pay one month rent in advance. It is common to pay security deposits. Ensure you get a receipt.
  • A guarantor may be required. (This person has to confirm that they are willing to be your guarantor. They need to have lived in the UK for more than 3 years. They are responsible for ensuring that you pay your rent, and in the case when you are unable to, you guarantor will be required to). The University cannot act as a guarantor.
  • Some agencies do not require a guarantor but they may request some legal documents.
  • A credit check will be carried out (your credit history will be reviewed).

Sharing the cost

If you like the idea of shared accommodation there are also some good search sites out there:

Here are some suggestions worth noting when considering a flat share:

  • Always check the flat before agreeing to rent. Check what items will remain in the flat during your lease and agree if any maintenance work is required, before paying deposit.
  • Always check what is included in the rent you are paying. You should ask if the utility bills such as gas and electricity, internet and phone will be included. If they are included, be sure to get a copy before you pay for the bill to ensure you pay the correct amount.
  • Most landlords ask for one month's rent plus a deposit in advance, payable on signing lease/contract. Make sure you receive a receipt that you have paid the deposit and first month's rent for your records.

Additional costs you need to consider

As well as monthly bills, rent and daily travel there are a few additional costs you may not be aware of.

TV Licence

If you have a TV in your accommodation you will have to purchase a TV licence

Council Tax

Council Tax in the UK is based on the property they live in. For more information, you can download information from UKCISA or visit our money pages for advice on Council Tax Exemption. Full details are available from Glasgow City Council.


We highly recommend you arrange possessions insurance to protect your belongings in case of theft, fire, loss or accidental damage while you are in the UK.

The university does not offer insurance as part of Caledonian Court accommodation, so we advice you to research external companies. We do however have links with Endsleigh Insurance and recommend you check out provider comparison websites such as:

Experiencing problems?

Remember, you are part of GCU now, so don’t feel you have to sort everything out on your own.

The international community at GCU are here to help – just pop along to the Campus Life Desk on Level 1 of the George Moore Building or drop us an email at visa@gcu.ac.uk.

You might also want to check out GCU’s Student Association accommodation advice pages.

Need temporary accommodation?

There are lots of hostels and hotels in Glasgow. You may need to stay in a hostel/hotel before your accommodation is available, or your family may need accommodation if they are here for a short time to help you settle in. Here are a few you may want to check out:

Glasgow Gumtree Alert and Accommodation for Students

Please be careful when contacting anyone regarding accommodation. Police Scotland issued this message:

There have been instances whereby university students have fallen foul to a scam and resulted in the loss of money. The scam involves students answering an advertisement on "Glasgow Gumtree", or similar sites. It is requested that all students are made aware of the dangers of this scam, and the severity of the offence committed by carrying this scam out.