Best Locations for Student Accommodation
- Stirling City Centre
- Bridge of Allan
The average rent for a room in private housing is between £60 and £70 a week.
Average agent fees
Not all agents charge an agency fee, but those that do are generally around £90 per tenant.
First buses have special purple and blue Uni-link buses and the union also runs a couple of minibuses which do the same trips. You can get a bus from the bus stop near the MacRobert centre and from the bus stop near the checkpoints you drive through when your parents drop you off at the Uni.
Buses in the area are running all the time, so during the day (8:30am until 6pm) you normally don't have to wait more than 10 minutes for the next one. After 6pm, the Uni-link bus goes to Alexander Court so you don't have to walk far to get home at 1 in the morning! Buses which will take you from town to the university include the UL, 63, 54 and the 58. Some others will also take you into town, but it's best to check with the driver if you're unsure. There are buses that also run late into the night, but these are more expensive.
In terms of prices it's around 90p for a single, £1.50 for a return and £7 for a weekly pass from the university to the city, although these may vary a little. Try and use change for your smaller fares as bus drivers can get cranky and it speeds up bus queues. To get student fares it is likely you will be asked to show your student ID card and again some drivers are much stricter than others.
As a first year you will not be allowed a parking permit for the campus except in extreme circumstances. To get back to the university using a taxi, it's usually £8 from the city centre to halls, but can be up to about £13 if you hit time and a half later in the evening. Only get into taxis at licensed pick up points, which in town are outside of Fubar and the train station. Taxis also park outside of Dusk, but this is a take at your own risk area.
Living in the area
Stirling's history blends perfectly with a thriving modern soul. The city lights up at night, and many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students with themed nights, DJs and drinks promos. Popular bars in town include The Corn Exchange, Sportsters, the City Walls, and Outback, which are all under a 5 minute walk from the town centre. The Corn Exchange is right up the road from the City Walls, and in the other direction is Sportsters. There is also Baker Street which is more of a local pub than a student bar, and Drouthy Neebors, that is a funky place with a good pub quiz on certain nights. Outback is in the other direction and is right across the road from Dr. Gorman's, which does good food and cocktail deals. Cape is just next door to The Corn Exchange and does £1.50 drinks from Monday to Thursday including pints of Fosters and VK. Mixers for your £1.50 spirits are extra. There are many more pubs in Stirling and it's best to just try a new one if you're getting bored of your regular.
If you're out for a boogy, the Bridge of Allan is just 5 minutes in a taxi from campus and now has Eva which is a trendy night club underneath the hotel. Although it's a bit more expensive than Fubar and the others, it is really nice inside and usually offers a good night out.
The on-campus shop is not really a 'supermarket' unless you want to continually pay over the odds (although milk and bread are about the average price), so just don't do your main shopping there. Many items aren't priced a lot of the time, and there's not an awful lot of choice. There is also a newsagents in the Atrium which is open on weekdays from about half past 8 in the morning until 5.30 at night and they have bottles of juice and sweets that are sometimes cheaper than those of the campus supermarket. There is also a travel agents and a bookshop in the Atrium, which stocks all your textbook needs. The union shop also sells university merchandise such as hoodies, stationery and notepads and if you drink bottled water it's likely that they'll have better deals on than the supermarket or newsagents.
For a weekly food shop, there's a Tesco, Morrisons and a Sainsbury's in town and a Co-op in Bridge of Allan and if you want to go to a proper supermarket then there is a large ASDA in Alloa which is just a ten minute car journey.
For leisure shopping, the Thistle's centre can handle most of your needs. While most of the shops are not massive, you can get a basic wardrobe easily from here. Expect to see most of your usual chain shops including WHSmith, Topshop, New Look, Superdrug, Boots, Primark, HMV, Marks & Spencer, H&M, La Senza and loads of others.