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The University has a reputation for blending arts and science – a combination that is represented on its Stirling campus through the use of sculpture and visual arts.

Located around Stirling, at the geographical heart of Scotland, and with superb links to the rest of the UK and beyond, the University is nestling beneath the Ochil hills, on the site of the historic Airthrey estate, which covers 310 acres and includes an 18th century castle, the Hermitage woods, a loch, a golf course and a 50 metre swimming pool. Its reach however goes beyond this and all the way to campuses in Inverness and in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

There are more than 12,300 students on campus. This comprises 8,800 undergraduates and 3,500 postgraduates – from over 100 nationalities. This is made easy due to it being close to the capital, Edinburgh, and to three international airports.

The University is also home to leading researchers and scholars attracted by the environment, the facilities and the studentcentred approach. They and the students enjoy a commitment to innovation from the University that ensures that technology is deployed effectively to aid study and research.


At Stirling you will study on our award-winning campus but also have the stunning Scottish highlands and buzz of city life right on your doorstep.

Where is Stirling?

Stirling has superb links to the rest of Scotland and beyond. Edinburgh and Glasgow are only 50 minutes away by road or rail. Students can choose from either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports to take flights direct to London (approx. one hour), Europe (around two hours to most destinations) and a large selection of international destinations. 

How big is Stirling today?

The population is around 41,000 – and the student population is a visible part of that, giving the city a warm, friendly community feel. It covers an area of about 2,187 square kilometres. A thriving social and culture scene Stirling has excellent shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment. Stirling Castle is an established concert and arts venue, and the Tolbooth venue has a programme of performing arts and other cultural events, and offers student tickets at a discounted price.

History of Stirling

Stirling was the ancient capital of Scotland, where Robert the Bruce held a parliament in 1326. Originally a Stone Age settlement, Stirling has been strategically significant since at least the Roman occupation of Britain, due to its naturally defensible crag and tall hill, where Stirling Castle is located. Stirling’s location at the geographical heart of Scotland and with the lowest crossing point of the River Forth, had strategic importance. Having a royal castle strengthened Stirling and led to economic growth, but it also made it a target of English invasions. Willim Wallace defeated the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297 and in 1314 Robert the Bruce’s battle with the English gave Scotland victory over King Edward II at Bannockburn, on the outskirts of the city of Stirling. In recent years Stirling’s historical importance, together with its innovative development, has been recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who marked her Golden Jubilee the throne by officially declaring Stirling to be Scotland’s newest city on 24 May 2002.

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Our community

At the centre of the campus is the Atrium social area where students meet. This links the library, eating facilities, shops and the Students’ Union all under one roof. All campus facilities are a short walk from each other. We have accommodatio on campus, all just an early-morning stroll away from the lecture theatres, labs and the library, and off-campus accommodation is a ten-minute bus journey away.

IT services

We offer a wide range of computing facilities, including web-based email and Internet access, to all students. You will have access to the University portal, an online gateway to key learning resources such as e-journals and Succeed, which is Stirling’s online learning environment. There are about 1,000 student workstations on campus. Most centrally-supported IT laboratories are open 24-hours a day and offer open access to students outside timetabled classes. The labs contain mostly PCs, with some Apple Mac facilities.

The ‘best place to be’

We are proud of our award-winning campus and when asked in the most recent International Student Barometer survey, students rated us as the ‘best place to be’ for studying in Scotland. The experience at Stirling is second to none. We support you (and your family too if you bring them) to settle in, providing accommodation and information about finance, as well as assistance in practicing your religion in Scotland, putting you in touch with support and social groups and much more. In summary, Stirling is a welcoming and friendly, open and inclusive place to be.



The Students’ Union main catering outlet, Studio, is located in the centre of the campus in the Union’s own Robbins Centre. Serving full breakfasts from 9.30am Monday to Friday and offering daily lunchtime specials, it’s also a great place to meet up with friends after class and enjoy a pizza. 


The Union’s Starbucks outlet provides a full range of your favourite blends including Frappuccino’s as well as soup, Panini and tasty treats. With a suite of networked PCs on hand, it’s the perfect place to spend the day.

Meal Deals

You can save money in the Union by purchasing a Meal Deal in advance. By doing so, you will save 20 percent on your food. For further details, please visit here.

Campus facilities

The police have repeatedly described our campus as one of the safest in Britain and we have a community policeman on site.

Also on campus:

  • Doctor and dentist surgeries
  • Childcare facilities
  • 24-hour computing labs
  • State-of-the-art library, open for over 80 hours per week during semester
  • Macrobert arts centre, with theatre, cinema, crèche and café
  • A shopping precinct at the centre of the campus with a bank, travel agent, pharmacy, bookshop, newsagent and supermarket
  • Robbins Centre, with bars and a nightclub
  • 18th-century Airthrey Castle

Sports facilities

As Scotland’s official University for Sporting Excellence, we have extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including a nine-hole golf course and 50-metre swimming pool.

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Undergraduate Students

We prioritise accommodation for all new degree students who apply by the advertised deadline dates. Our rooms are almost all single occupancy and offer accommodation in either halls of residence or self-contained fl ats. Off-campus accommodation is located nearby in Stirling city centre and have easy access to the University bus routes.

All our residences are well equipped:

  • Shared self catering kitchen facilities
  • 24-hour concierge cover
  • Bed linen, duvet and pillows
  • Networked access in all bedrooms to link your PC to our network
  • Laundry facilities located nearby.

Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate students can apply to stay in single study bedrooms with shared washing and toilet facilities. A limited number of en suite room is available on the basis of 38-week occupancy. Bed linen (bedding packs, the laundering of which is your responsibility), duvets and pillows are provided, although you need to bring your own towels. All kitchens have a cooker, fridge, freezer, electric kettle, microwave oven. However, you need to bring your own cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Sockets providing access to the internet are available in all study bedrooms with the exception of Union Street, Bridge of Allan. Computers connected to these sockets have access to all of the computing resources, including filestore, e-mail and print facilities, and use of the Internet for restricted web browsing. The cost of this is included in your rent.

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Student life

Our Community

At the centre of the campus is the Atrium social area where students meet. This links the library, eating facilities, shops and the Students’ Union all under one roof. All campus facilities are a short walk from each other. We have accommodation spaces on campus, all just an early-morning stroll away from the lecture theatres, labs and the library, and off-campus accommodation is a ten-minute bus journey away.

Students’ Union

The University of Stirling Students’ Union is the body representing and supporting all students. Students automatically become members of the Students’ Union when they join the University. They are formally represented by elected officers and they carry out the business of the Union on the behalf of all students. This includes a dedicated Postgraduate Officer who is there to ensure the views of Postgraduate students are central to all that the Union does. Beyond the representative role, the Union seeks to ‘Make Students’ Live Better’ through its clubs and societies and Sports Union. With over 90 sports and social clubs to choose from, there is something for everyone. The Union is also home to a range of outlets including Studio, which regularly hosts events and Underground, the on-campus Starbucks outlet.

Student Support

While university is about finding your own way, it helps to know you can get advice and support if you need it. We offer services that help you make the most of your time at Stirling and help the transition into employment. Find more on student money advice, counselling and wellbeing, care and support and disability service at


The multi-faith Chaplaincy/Faith Centre organises programmes of worship, discussion and social events. It provides for all faiths and can put you in touch with the nearest representatives of your faith group. The Chaplaincy also supports Friends International Stirling linking international students with local host families. We have a dedicated prayer room for Muslim students. All our chaplains are part-time and represent


The University of Stirling has one of the best reputations for sport of any UK university and is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Great facilities, lots of opportunities to participate in physical activity and sport, several dozen sports clubs and a winning support network for international sports men and women.

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Key facts & figures

  • The University of Stirling is 1st in Scotland and 50th in the world in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Table, which ranks the world’s best 100 universities under 50 years old
  • The University of Stirling is ranked top in Scotland for Nursing & Midwifery, Education, Sports Studies and Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise
  • The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence

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