Social Opportunities for International Students

We know that, although you are at Stirling to study, leisure activities and social opportunities form a very important part of your time here.

Our campus provides a safe, friendly and welcoming place in which you can meet other students, take part in sporting and other leisure activities and socialise in a variety of places. This page provides useful information about what you can do, both on and off campus, to help you enjoy your time here to the full.

Sharing your interests

The Students' Union, helps students organise activities, from sport to cultural activities and more. The Union also provides a framework within which students can organise clubs and societies which suit their interests. A list of clubs and societies can be found on the Union Website.

Sport at Stirling

The University is a great place for sport and offers excellent sporting facilities on a beautiful campus. Facilities include:

  • a large indoor sports hall
  • a 9-hole golf course
  • squash courts
  • 50 metre swimming pool
  • indoor and outdoor tennis courts
  • a fitness centre with free weights areas
  • an athletics track

A full range of classes are offered, aimed at all levels of sports and fitness. We also make use of Airthrey Loch, which sits at the centre of campus, for canoeing and other water sports.

You can take advantage of the outstanding sporting opportunities available at the University. You will find details of all the sports facilities on campus by visiting the Sports Centre web pages.

The Chaplaincy Centre

The Chaplaincy Centre provides a friendly and welcoming place for all students. You can go there for support, advice or a listening ear or simply use it as a place to sit, relax and reflect.

In addition, the Chaplaincy offers a wide variety of social opportunities, such as charity lunches and society meetings. Tea, coffee and other light refreshments are served throughout the day. Further details can be found on the Chaplaincy website.

Social life on campus

There are a variety of bars on campus, the majority of which serve alcohol. They also offer a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks and teas or coffees and you are welcome to go to the bars and not drink alcohol. For further information, see the section on social life on our Campus Life pages.

Social life away from campus

The city of Stirling offers a variety of daytime and evening entertainment, including pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants, a bowling alley and cinema. There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Stirling. Most shops open until 5.30pm each day, with many opening until 8.00pm on Thursdays. Stirling plays an important role in the history of Scotland and the city and local area offer a number of opportunities to discover more.

You will find a whole host of things to do in the nearby cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, both of which can be reached by train or bus in under an hour. Both cities have a long and interesting history and culture and they both offer many art galleries and museums, shops and restaurants, as well as a variety of clubs and pubs.

For further details about the social opportunities away from campus, see the social life section on our Campus Life pages.

Other ideas

There are many ways to enjoy your time here at Stirling. We've listed some below, and you will no doubt discover much more when you are here as a student.

  • Make the most of lectures, tutorials and seminars to ask questions, make presentations and get used to speaking in public.
  • Get involved with the International Society. It runs a variety of social events (including the famous Scottish ceilidh!), trips around Scotland and other opportunities to mix with people from the 80+ nationalities represented on campus. For more information, visit the Society's website:
  • Meet new people by being creative – write for the student newspaper 'Brig' or volunteer for the student radio station or student TV station at the University.
  • The Career Development Centre here on campus has a list of job vacancies for both part-time and vacation work. It also has information on some work placements: see the Centre's web pages on or visit TargetConnect.
  • Get involved in running the Students' Union, where you could become a student representative. For more information visit the Union website.
  • Learn a new language. The rest of Europe is easily accessible from Stirling with cheap links to a number of major towns and cities across the continent.
  • You can also work as a volunteer and there are plenty of opportunities to become involved in the local area. For more information, visit the Stirling Council local government website.
© University of Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK • Telephone +44 1786 473171 • Scottish Charity No SC011159
Portal Logon