Living and studying at Stirling

You'll be inspired

The University of Stirling was founded on the site of the historic Airthrey Estate in 1967. Nestling beneath the Ochil Hills, our campus covers 330 acres and has a beautiful loch and 18th-century Airthrey Castle at its heart.
The views are breathtaking, and the buildings are designed to harmonise with their surroundings.

It's all on your doorstep

All the facilities are a short walk from each other. In particular, a central social area links the library, eating facilities, shops, the Students' Union and arts centre (MacRobert). There are also 2,300 accommodation spaces on campus, all just an early-morning stroll away from the lecture theatres, labs and library.

Everything's laid on

As well as the academic facilities you'd expect, the campus also boasts:

  • A cinema and theatre in the Macrobert Arts Centre
  • Bars and a nightclub in the Robbins centre
  • A shopping precinct with bank, travel agent, pharmacy, bookshop, newsagent and supermarket
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including a nine-hole golf course and 50-metre swimming pool

It's safe

The police have repeatedly described our campus as one of the safest in Britain.

Your new city

Busy, confident and fun. Stirling is one of the UK's most attractive places to live, capturing the historic and contemporary in a unique atmosphere. Here are some of the key things you'll probably want to know...


How big is Stirling?

We think it's the perfect size. The population's around 45,000 - 20% of whom are students.

How far is it from the campus?

Stirling city centre is just two miles from the campus - less than 10 minutes by bus.

What can I do?

Stirling combines the charm of a historic destination with the buzz of a contemporary city. There's truly something for everyone, much of it aimed directly at students.

The city lights up at night, and many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students, with themed nights and DJs, whilst there is also a selection of traditional pubs providing quieter alternatives, with open fires, real ale and folk music.

The city's a major tourist destination, something reflected in the wide choice of cuisine at the numerous restaurants, bistros and cafes.

What's the cost of living?

Consistently lower than neighbouring cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. With plenty of accommodation on campus, you can minimise travel costs. And the self-catering halls mean you can cook to your own budget if you wish.

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