13 Reasons Why You’ll Never Regret Studying at The University of Stirling
Deciding where to go to uni is never easy. The good news is, if you chose to go to Stirling, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever regret it.
1. It’s a beautiful place to spend your uni years.
The university was built within the walls of the Airthrey Castle estate and so it’s sometimes easy to forget that you’re supposed to be studying with such stunning views on your doorstep. But don’t just take my word for it, the campus is considered to be among the most beautiful in the UK and the university was given the accolade of 1st place for Campus Environment in 2016 by International Student Barometer.
2. And it’s in the perfect location.
Situated on the central belt of Scotland, you’ve got the bustling city of Glasgow not far away and the historic capital of Edinburgh a mere 60 minute train journey, you’re never stuck for things to do or places to go when you have a rare day off.
3. Stirling really knows how to throw a Freshers’ Week.
You don’t have to be a first year to enjoy the best week of the year. After all, nothing says teenage nostalgia like a performance from Basshunter, Cascada or the Vengaboys.
4. You get to share campus with an abundance of furry friends.
As well as people travelling to the university to walk their dog around the loch, you may also catch a glimpse of the cygnets that sometimes make an appearance near the halls of residence.
5. And the surrounding area isn’t too bad either.
Set in the valley of the Ochil Hills, the university has a number of nearby peaks to summit ranging from the modest Bank Hill to the challenging Ben Cleuch. And if you’re not much of a climber, just think of how incredible the view will be when you finally reach the top.
6. The nightlife has something for everyone.
Whether you’re after some of the finest craft beers at Brewdog or want to make a night of it at Dusk or Fubar, Stirling has you covered. #DuskLoyal ❤️
7. Stirling Halls are where the best memories are made.
Some of my fondest memories of my time at university were made during my first year living in halls. Stirling’s extensive range of living arrangements means there’s something to suit every student. A number of the original accommodation buildings still stand and are perfect if you want to live in a homely room on campus for a reasonable price. If you don’t mind spending a little more on rent, you can live in one of the more modern buildings that were built in recent years as part of the university’s £40 million residences redevelopment project.
8. It has some of the best sports facilities in the country.
As well as having a world-class swimming pool, tennis court, fitness suite and football pitch, the university’s sports facilities have trained athletes who have gone on to gain success at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Stirling native and tennis legend Andy Murray also used the university tennis courts to train when he was younger.
9. There is a huge range of clubs and societies to join.
Whether you fancy a game of underwater polo or you are a bit of a Potterhead, Stirling has a club for everyone! And yes, The Order of Stirling Wizarding Society do regularly play Quidditch on campus.
10. And there’s no shortage of places to grab a coffee or bite to eat on campus either.
With Starbucks and Costa being served on campus, you’re never too far away from your daily coffee fix.
11. As well as a top of the range cinema and performing arts space.
The Macrobert Arts Centre houses dance and theatre performances from local as well as national productions and with student-friendly prices and an in-house cafe bar, you don’t even have to leave campus to have a good night out.
12. It also has some pretty interesting history.
Stirling is perhaps most well-known for having a famous castle, bridge and monument but if you’re looking for something a little more spooky, it’s also renowned for its history of witchcraft and ghosts with a number of places *reportedly* being haunted throughout the city.
13. And no matter what you get up to, you’ll always treasure the time spent there.
Whether it’s a BBQ next to the loch on a summer’s day or a night out drinking one too many Bucky Bombs at Katie’s, you’ll always be glad you chose Stirling as your place of study.