Not the best shops in the world but it's a nice wee city with lots of variety I food places. Huge cinema and good, friendly and cheap public transport

By member1210035 On 4th July 2015

Study in Stirling

Situated in central Scotland, Stirling is known as the “Gateway to the Highlands” because beyond it are mountains and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. 10 minutes outside of town is the University of Stirling which is a campus university set on 330 acres of land. 

 

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University of Stirling

University of Stirling was founded in 1967 and boasts a unique location next to the castle and loch and enjoys views of the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. The university has been split into five faculties, each of which comprises multiple departments, institutes and centres. 97% of graduates are either in full time employment or further study six months after graduating.

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Stirling Student Life

Stirling is a good-sized city complete with the university and an endless adventure playground. The whole area is a paradise for hill-walkers, not to mention canoeists, archers, cyclists, quad-bikers, climbers, riflemen, snowboarders, campers...

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Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £84 - £212 per week; the average is £151 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Glasgow: £169/week, Dundee: £135/week, Edinburgh: £199/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £15
A pint of beer: £2.30
A regular takeout coffee: £3.07
1L of milk: £0.89
A loaf of white bread: £0.95

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Public Transport

Every hour during peak times nearly 20 buses run between the main campus and town and students with ID cards can get a discount. The main bus company is First and it’s possible to buy a week-long ticket that gives you unlimited travel between the two. The city is well connected by both road and rail, there are direct train services to London, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness. 

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Shopping

The shops in Stirling are pretty good and have everything anyone could need, however, lacks a good number of clothes shops - if you fancy treating yourself to a shopping spree you're probably best to get a train to Glasgow. 


By RossMurray26 On 5th July 2015

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The Great Outdoors

Stirling is known as the gateway to the Highlands, where you can find amongst stunning scenery over 30,000 lochs, hills and mountains. A 30-minute drive away is the famous Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park where you can find fantastic walking, cycling and sailing. 

 

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Dunblane

Just a 10-minute drive from Stirling you will find Dunblane. Here you can go on the famous riverside ‘Darn Walk’ which is an enjoyable 5-mile walk between the old Victorian spa town of Bridge Allan and Dunblane.
 

 

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Clackmannanshire

Hop on a train and within 10-minutes you can be in small Clackmannanshire town of Alloa. Here is a great spot any time of the year to explore historic attractions, beautiful scenery or have a game of golf in one of their six scenic golf courses. 
 

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Carters Yard 4.46 /5

This location has the best staff. They are all so helpful, friendly and just really great people. The team makes living here hassle free and welcoming...

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Riverside Quay 4.4 /5

The best place to live as a student in stirling, the facilities like the social space and the common kitchen are great places to socialise, while the ...

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Beech Court 4.05 /5

amazing new rooms, really spacious with a double bed and all ensuites. couldn't have picked a better building to live in in this uni...

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Fraser of Allander House 3.88 /5

Well kept as cleaners come once a week, rooms nice size with lots of storage space and really nice big desk for studying. Nice bathrooms, kitchen and ...

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Alexander Court 3.69 /5

Seemed very good for how much it cost, it’s fairly easy to get to the uni, around a 10-15 minute walk, or you can cycle for free on a nextbike (if the...

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Union Street Development 2.95 /5

Really great for the price you are paying. Great social area. could maybe do with an extra fridge. Helpful hall management. Would defo recommend!...

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16th April 2022

Relatively small...

Relatively small town to live in but with Glasgow and Edinburgh nearby its good. read more

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30th March 2022

Meh, it is comple...

Meh, it is completely average. Dont come here for a big night life. Alternatively, dont come here if you want somewhere quiet. Eating out is okay. But about 2 months in you run out of options. read more

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25th January 2022

Pretty affordable...

Pretty affordable, nice natural and historic locations, accessible, friendly people, calm and quite read more

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22nd November 2021

I would have give...

I would have given the cost of living a 5 out of 5, but you would have to be very lucky to get an accommodation on time as many of the ones left are quite expensive compared to what they offer read more

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22nd November 2021

I have not used p...

I have not used public transport so I will not know. Never went out read more

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member1063789
11th November 2021

Only the size of...

Only the size of a town but still plenty of things to do and places to go read more

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8th November 2021

Stirling is a bea...

Stirling is a beautiful city with just enough of everything. I don't go clubbing so I can't speak much for nights out but I have seen lots of live music being advertised and had a great time at a traditional Scottish dance. I have put the transport as a 5 but I drive so I am not sure read more

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member1363556
5th November 2021

Places serving va...

Places serving variety types of foods for international students is strongly recommended to be considered as till now I couldn't find "Halal/Islamic way for meat's slaughter) except Indian food with poor hygiene standards. read more

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5th November 2021

Stirling is a nic...

Stirling is a nice small town that has most things needed however there aren’t any big social events read more

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4th November 2021

Stirling is safe...

Stirling is safe and has something for everyone: a good nightlife, a range of cute cafes and restaurants, beautiful nature and parks. read more

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member1263526
4th November 2021

Stirling is betwe...

Stirling is between Glasgow and Edinburgh so what it lacks in places to go out in, it makes up for in convenience. There are however some excellent restaurants and cafes and fabulous walking trails for those with dogs. read more

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4th November 2021

Busses are too ir...

Busses are too irregular and do not follow the set schedules, often not showing up at all, especially late in the evening. read more

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member663513
4th November 2021

Stirling is a nic...

Stirling is a nice quiet city with good facilities and a nice range of shopts read more

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member1163504
3rd November 2021

Stirling is a cut...

Stirling is a cute small city. Everything you need is mostly centrally located. It is small compared to Glasgow and Edinburgh, but it has so much history and enough of a night life. read more

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member963499
3rd November 2021

Stirling is decen...

Stirling is decently priced for students when comparing with other locations. Limited places to shop and eat, but public travel is good to get to other cities to accommodate this. read more

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member1063496
3rd November 2021

Stirling is a nic...

Stirling is a nice little city. It has the stuff you need without being overwhelming. read more

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member1063491
3rd November 2021

A small town, but...

A small town, but still amazing. No public transport apart from taxi, but it’s not needed, which makes this town so much better than other cities. read more

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3rd November 2021

Such helpful peop...

Such helpful people that aided me in getting a Job read more

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3rd November 2021

I love to travel...

I love to travel by Bus. the scenic beauty while travelling makes it just special each day. The town is well maintained and feels new each time I step out. read more

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3rd November 2021

Stirling is for s...

Stirling is for sure one of the best cities in the world which you can access to Edinburgh or Glasgow easily since it is located in the heart of Scotland. Also, cost of living is much cheaper than other cities and Stirling has something which is exclusive to it. read more

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member963482
3rd November 2021

Easy access to pu...

Easy access to public transport. read more

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member863481
3rd November 2021

It’s pretty good...

It’s pretty good and I like where I live. read more

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member1362717
7th October 2021

Stirling is a nic...

Stirling is a nice town with a lot of history. read more

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15th April 2021

All good consider...

All good considering the COVID-19 pandemic read more

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member556323
15th April 2021

Stirling is an am...

Stirling is an amazing city to dwell in. read more

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member655733
30th March 2021

Quite expensive a...

Quite expensive as it's close to Glasgow and Edinburgh, but there's not much to do at night as it's not a huge city. The people are very kind and friendly here, the criminality rate is very low, and there's a fair amount of shops in town. However, there's not a lot of choice for what concerns food, and public transport is expensive and inefficient. read more

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member853657
23rd January 2021

pretty boring not...

pretty boring not been out yet because of COVID. Was so bored i hardly stayed in Stirling read more

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member449992
21st July 2020

Class place to st...

Class place to study. Dusk loyals read more

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member747449
20th April 2020

It’s cheap and ha...

It’s cheap and had a lot of sexy time read more

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LauraM
12th April 2020

It is full of his...

It is full of history nice to visit at a tourist, but pretty boring to live in. Shopping is great, but if you want to eat out, remind that almost all the places close at 9 pm, which is the time I usually dine at home!! The rents are quite expensive, considering it's not a metropolis but just a bit more than a village, and the public transportation is not worth the money you pay (buses are always late and bus shelters don't protect you from the cold, several bus drivers are rude), while the taxi services are good. If you want to go on a night out, there are only two nightclubs and the other things open are just pubs that don't even serve food, which is not the best thing if you're not a drinker. Overall, people in Stirling are very kind and helpful, and the town is linked to Glasgow and Edinburgh with very efficient trains. read more

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LauraM
12th April 2020

It is full of his...

It is full of history nice to visit at a tourist, but pretty boring to live in. Shopping is great, but if you want to eat out, remind that almost all the places close at 9 pm, which is the time I usually dine at home!! The rents are quite expensive, considering it's not a metropolis but just a bit more than a village, and the public transportation is not worth the money you pay (buses are always late and bus shelters don't protect you from the cold, several bus drivers are rude). read more

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member546573
8th March 2020

Cost of living is...

Cost of living is okay, however, the city is honestly poor and depressing. It's always raining. read more

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member744168
2nd December 2019

Nice slow town, t...

Nice slow town, two good clubs - Dusk (Fridays) and Fubar (Saturdays), kilted kangaroo is good for drinks and banter. read more

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5th July 2015

Public transport...

Public transport to and from the university is brilliant - £1.70 for a return with a student card during the day to and from the centre and the bus comes every 5-10 minutes. The shops in Stirling are pretty good and have everything anyone could need, however, lacks a good number of clothes shops - if you fancy treating yourself to a shopping spree you're probably best to get a train to Glasgow. Nights out are amazing - because there are only 2 clubs they're always filled with students and you see everyone, as well as the clubs having great deals too. Eating out is great and there are many options, but I would recommend the Wetherspoons for best value for money if you're casually eating out with friends. Cost of living is great - everything you could need is in town. When you first move there it might be easy to get into the habit of living out of the Nisa shop on campus, but this would be a big mistake: everything's overpriced so make sure to do shopping in town. read more

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5th July 2015

Terrible night li...

Terrible night life! Only 2 clubs However very friendly and students fill them up quite quickly and very cheap! Lots of cheap nice individual restaurants and a new spoons. Lots of buses and 40min trains to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Thistles centre is great but shops are small. Better going to Glasgow. Very scenic and lots to do! read more

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4th July 2015

Not the best shop...

Not the best shops in the world but it's a nice wee city with lots of variety I food places. Huge cinema and good, friendly and cheap public transport read more

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member99896
3rd July 2015

A lovely town tha...

A lovely town that has little to offer other than a few historical tourist attractions and some pretty views. The nightlife is a choice of local scummy pubs, Dusk, which is one of the worst clubs I have ever set foot in, or Fubar, which can only be described as 'sticky'. read more

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member102191
13th March 2015

everything in Sti...

everything in Stirling is fairly inexpensive, especially to live here. The nightlife is cheap! read more

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Not a lot of things to do that don't involve drinking or going out except bowling or shopping really

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