With a population of around 40,000, Stirling is both a busy and welcoming town. You will find most of the big name high street stores sharing the town centre with a variety of small specialist shops.
As well as the University's on-campus cinema, Stirling has the Vue multiplex in the city centre.
Other entertainments include ten pin bowling, ice skating and a climbing wall.
Musically, Stirling Castle is an established concert venue.
Tesco is on Wallace Road in Stirling, a few minutes' walk from University accommodation at John Forty's Court and Union Street flats. For those who live on campus, there is a regular bus service to and from bus stops very close to Tesco.
Sainsbury's is also a short bus trip from campus, on Drip Road, Stirling.
The Co-Operative has a branch in Bridge of Allan, 15 minutes' walk or a short bus ride
Stirling also sponsors regular Farmers' Markets throughout the year on Port Street.
Shopping for all your other needs
A bustling, pedestrianised centre boasts all the familiar high street brands.
The city's covered Victorian mall offers speciality shopping, while the Thistles Shopping Centre has four malls and over ninety stores under one roof.