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International Students

New to Glasgow and studying at one of the city’s universities or colleges?

 The Subway is an easy way to travel around the city; whether that’s from study to work or from your student accommodation to meet friends – Subway will take you there.

Get to know Glasgow

Places to study, places to chill out, places to meet friends, places for art and culture, places to get some exercise, places to shop – Glasgow has it all, and so much more. Here are a just a few key places around the city we think are worth a visit:

Freshers Events

We will be at the below events letting you know all about how your Smartcard can save you money when travelling around Glasgow.

Glasgow Uni Sports Fayre

Monday 11 September


Strathclyde Union

Tuesday 12 September


Freshers Festival (at Platform)

Wednesday 13 September


Freshers Festival (at Platform)

Thursday 14 September


Unite Student Fayre

Friday 29 September


Win FREE Subway Travel

Fancy winning one month's free Subway travel?

We're giving away five free passes!

If you have a Smartcard (Subway/Scotrail/McGills/Stagecoach/Tripper/YoungScot/NEC) and you make a single journey with us before Friday 29th September you could be in with a chance of winning.

Catch us at the SPT Student Transport Fayre on Friday 8th September or at any of the Freshers events we've listed and give us your Smartcard details to be entered. 

Don't have a Smartcard yet, register now and make sure to select 'student fayre' from the 'How did you hear about us' drop down. 

Then all you need to do is make a Subway journey before Friday 29th September 2023 to be entered.

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions:

  • Travel on Subway using your Smartcard before 29th September 2023 to be automatically entered 
  • Winners will be chosen at random on Thursday 12th October 2023
  • 28 days' Subway travel will be loaded onto your Smartcard
  • SPT will verify that winners have made at least one Subway journey and will contact winners by email within 28 days
  • Prize non-transferable or exchangeable for cash
  • Not open to SPT employees or anyone affiliated with this giveaway

Getting around

There's lots to see and do in and around the Subway. View the station list below to find out how to get the most from your Subway ticket. Please remember to check with local venues before travelling for opening times and visitor information.

Outer Circle showing the following stations in a clockwise direction: Buchanan Street, St Enoch, Bridge Street, West Street, Shields Road, Kinning Park, Cessnock, Ibrox, Govan, Partick, Kelvinhall, Hillhead, Kelvinbridge, St George's Cross and Cowcaddens.Inner Circle showing the following stations in an anticlockwise direction: Buchanan Street, Cowcaddens, St George's Cross, Kelvinbridge, Hillhead, Kelvinhall, Partick, Govan, Ibrox, Cessnock,Kinning Park, Shields Road, West Street, Bridge Street and St Enoch.

Stations (in alphabetical order)


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O2 Academy

A Grade B listed entertainment venue and former cinema, O2 Academy Glasgow is steeping in heritage from live music, cabaret and comedy to club nights.

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre is the place to go for all things science and technology related, with exhibitions and activities for everyone including the Glasgow Tower and planetarium!


Home to Scotland’s biggest screen, IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre shows the latest movies – not to be missed!


The Scottish Event Campus hosts some of the biggest events and includes The SSE Hydro, SEC Armadillo, SEC Centre.

OVO Hydro

The OVO Hydro plays host to national and international music megastars as well as global entertainment and sporting events.

The Glasgow School of Art

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre is Glasgow's original independent cinema and the home to Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow Youth Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival and more!

University of Glasgow

Foundry Courtyard Student Accommodation

Woodside House Student Accommodation

Botanic Gardens

The beautiful Glasgow Botanic Gardens contains a variety of indoor and outdoor plant collections, greenhouses and riverside walks as well as the famous Kibble Palace.

Bellahouston Park

This stunning park features House for an Art Lover, beautiful gardens, and extensive parkland and sports facilities.

House for an Art Lover

A stunning venue inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh which combines art gallery and exhibition space, events venue, café and multipurpose artists’ studios in one.

Kelvingrove Park

Set on the banks of the River Kelvin, surrounded by Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and the University of Glasgow’s campus. This park also has sports facilities, a skatepark and bandstand for events throughout the year.

Kinning Park Complex

An independent Arts and Community Space featuring artists’ studios, events space and community lead projects and café.

Partick Interchange

Transport links from Partick Train station and Partick Bus Station.

Riverside Museum

Riverside Museum is Glasgow's award-winning transport museum with over 3,000 objects on display and everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams and cars to a Stormtrooper.

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Scotland Street School Museum

This fantastic museum tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

The Mitchell Library

The Mitchell Library is one of Europe's largest public libraries with over one million items of stock and is the hub of a city-wide information service.

Smartcard and benefits

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All day travel for £3! The best way to travel with Subway is by getting yourself a Smartcard. It’s the easiest way to travel and gives you access to the cheapest travel prices and exclusive season tickets. Having a Smartcard also means you can top up online - no more queuing.


The Glasgow Subway has been open since 1896 and is one of the oldest Subway systems in the world! We’re recognised as the third oldest Subway underground railway system in the world, after London and Budapest. Originally, we opened as a cable-hauled system but have since upgrade to electric traction. We’ve been through a few transformations over those years and are currently undergoing modernisation to ensure our service is modern, reliable and efficient.