The University of Glasgow - studying at 'Hogwarts'
The University of Glasgow has to be one of my favourite places of all time. As I study languages I get quite a lot of opportunities to discover new and exciting things and to travel to different countries. People say to me “In the future you could live in Paris, or Madrid or somewhere where the sun shines and the cuisine is exquisite!” However, I always reply, “no, I want to live in Glasgow.” They think it is a bit of a strange choice as they can’t understand why I would choose the wind and ran over beaches and red hot sun!
For me, Glasgow is such a magical city. If you walk through it at night, you’ll know why. The large Victorian buildings surround you and draw you in, the lights shining above them. The friendly people greeting you as you walk past and the huge variety of things to do. One of the main and most beautiful buildings is the University of Glasgow. The main building is a big, castle-like building. It looks very like Hogwarts!! It has many great halls, spiral stair cases and even contains its own museum! This week the university celebrated its 563rd birthday, making it the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world. That is pretty old! It was created in 1451 at the request of King James II and founded by the Pope at the time, Pope Nicholas V.
It is found in the West end of Glasgow which is quite a luxurious and beautiful area with many second-hand shops, bars, cafes and not forgetting the botanical gardens. It is highly populated with students so it almost feels like you are in a little world of people below the age of 25. Some would describe is as “hipster” and it is very popular with people who are interested in art, architecture, music and cultural events. It has special cobbled streets and there is always a new area to discover. As a place to study, or just for a holiday, Glasgow is definitely at the top of my list of places to go!!