Muslim life at Stirling

Muslim communities have been part of Scottish life since the middle of the 20th century. We welcome Muslim students to Stirling where you can enjoy our thriving campus community and local facilities.

We are also a short journey from Glasgow, home to Scotland's largest Muslim community which offers a variety of mosques, shops and restaurants.

Accommodation

We have a wide range of accommodation available to suit everyone – from private studios to shared flats. We can accommodate requests for female-only and no alcohol flats and also have family accommodation available.

See our Accommodation pages for more details.

Chaplaincy and Prayer

Our Chaplaincy team is available to offer sensitive, caring and confidential support for any situation. We have a dedicated Islamic faith representative and prayer rooms on campus. Friday prayers take place in the Ian King Room and other events are organised throughout the academic year. Please visit the Chaplaincy page for more details.

Many students also worship and are part of the community at the Central Scotland Islamic Centre, which is located in Stirling city centre on Burghmuir Rd.

Halal food

Many campus catering options are Halal – look out for the signs on the menus in Venue in the Student Union. We also offer a very wide range of vegan and vegetarian food on campus.

If you’re looking for Halal options in the city centre there are plenty of Scottish-Asian restaurants.

There is a Halal store located at 95 Barnton St in the city centre for you to buy products to cook yourself at home.

Student life and societies

We have a growing Muslim community at Stirling and many students enjoy being a part of our Islamic student society.

The International Society also regularly host inter-faith events for international students where you will also be able to meet new people and make friends.

Stirling has become a second home for Kuwaiti student Zamzam Husain but it’s not always been easy for her. She talks about how the University helped her to settle in, what it’s like to be a Muslim student in Scotland and why she was keen to study in Scotland.

Family, studying and missing Kuwait
Zamzam Husain

Did you know?

  • Scottish Muslim have their own Scottish Islamic tartan. The design weaves together the different strands of Scottish and Muslim heritage.
  • Early records of Muslims in Scotland date back as early as 1504. The first named Muslim was Wazir Beg, an Indian medical student who studied at the University of Edinburgh in 1858.
  • There are 39 mosques in Glasgow alone.