Paisley is one of the cheapest places in the UK to live (unless you're in the universities accommodation). It has great bus and train links to Glasgow which is where you will find the better night's out and shopping centres.
By member553107 On 12th December 2020
Study in Paisley
Paisley, home of the University of the West of Scotland, is a good-sized town with a fantastic location. Its sits about halfway between the city of Glasgow and the borders of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
University of the West of Scotland
The University of the West of Scotland is a large, modern, multi-campus university with its origins dating back to 1897. The university prides itself on career-focused teaching, world-leading research and a far-sighted approach to technology and innovation. Four academic schools make up the university and they are Business & Creative Industries, Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Education & Social Sciences and Health & Life Sciences.
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Paisley Student Life
Once a quiet market town, Paisley became an international hub for textile design, search the word ‘Paisley’ and we’re sure you’ll recognise the swooshy teardrop shape immediately. Nowadays it’s a vibrant town with plenty of entertainment, shops and cultural attractions.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs in Paisley range from £93 - £160 per week; the average is £126 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Aberdeen: £134/week, Dundee: £135/week, Glasgow: £169/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)
You’ll find a good selection of pubs, bars and clubs in the centre of town. If you enjoy a cocktail head to the Jam Jar. For live music, The Bungalow puts on regular band nights and open mic nights. For those who want to carry on the party, Lava nightclub will be your go-to spot, they put on popular student nights and have great drink deals.
Paisley campus is right in the centre of town, with Paisley itself being just a 10-minute train ride from Glasgow. There is both a good bus and train service in Paisley to take you to campus and the surrounding areas. It’s also a nice size town to get around by foot or bike.
There are two large shopping centres in the middle of town, both are within a 20-minute walk from campus, one is The Paisley Centre and the other is the Piazza Shopping Centre. You’ll find all your high street favourites in these two centres. Paisley also has a growing number of independent boutiques and on every second week, there’s an excellent farmer’s market in Paisley County Square.
The Coats Observatory is one of four Scottish public observatories whilst the rest of the UK doesn’t have any at all! The Observatory is a beautiful building and walking up the spiralling walkway to get to the telescope, past old-fashioned brass weather equipment and an Orrery (a working model of our Solar System), is a bit like stepping back in time. The Observatory is open a couple of nights a week as long as the weather is clear, and is free to enter, so check the council’s websites for dates and times.
The Hall and the Arts Centre just down the road are hubs for community life in Paisley. They put on fairs, local shows, exhibitions, and community events. Check their websites for the schedule.
This stunning building is over 800 years old, but still keeps up its historic role in Paisley life. As well as the big services, there are often musical events held here.
The Bungalow Bar was renowned in the 70s and 80s for their nightly billings, especially in the punk genre which made them rebels, as at the time punk was banned in Glasgow. They are still well known for incredible line-ups that have included Paisley born and bred singer Paulo Nutini. Check out The Anchor Bar and The Cave too.
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