Glasgow is home to a student population of around 41,000, which means the city centre is a hive of activity. There are many traditional pubs dotted around the city centre. The Butterfly and The Pig is popular with students, and the pub can be found underneath The Buff Club nightclub. A popular student pastime is a Subcrawl: students ride the underground system, getting off at each of the 15 stops to have a drink at the nearest pub- be warned, the end of the evening can get very messy!
Music lovers can take advantage of venues like Barrowlands and King Tuts, live music halls with a varied range of live music events to suit every taste. The Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts is located in the centre of the city and provides a space for exciting contemporary visual art, performance and events. It is advisable to keep an eye on their events calendar as some performances sell out fast. The Open Museum is a free museum service in the centre of the city and provides objects, displays and exhibitions which are available for loan. The service means there are always temporary, specialised exhibitions popping up around the city.
Shopaholics can get their fix at The Buchanan Galleries, a large shopping centre, which has all the usual high street stores and features a flagship John Lewis store. Shoppers with a larger budget might want to try Princes Square, an upmarket shopping mall specialising in designer jewellery and clothes. Vivienne Westwood has two stores in Princes Square. Those looking for a bargain can try De Courcy’s Arcade, a small shopping arcade with lots of second-hand clothes, music and book shops.