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University of Glasgow - Cairncross House Reviews

20 Kelvinhaugh Place, G3 8NH, Glasgow, Scotland

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413 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 74%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 62%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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A rather grim building, endless empty and a bit smelly corridors leading to a myriad of small rooms (this is a student hall of residence during the year), the kitchen was rather greasy + very empty (not event the basics : sugar, etc. that you are ot always traveling with and usually find in a hostel), the whole is rather impersonal, not very friendly, thin walls (had two noisy neighbors watching noisy movies/playing noisy video games till late at night) - you do get a bed, a towel and free wifi.


enoyed our stay and welcomed by staff on arrival. Unfortunately one of our party failed to join us and we Iost our deposit and had to forfit the cost of one nights stay for the room. This was in ine with terms and conditions of booking but seemed harsh. The hostel was very full and I wondered if the room coud have been re-let. Our only other complaint was that the hostel seemed very clostrophobic due to the very long corridors with the entrance at the far end of a long corridor.

  • 18th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Excellent value for money. It is not a hotel but there is a big clean tidy kitchen, an individual clean shower outside of your room. There is a large laundry. The room is clean and tidy quite spacious for a single occupancy. The location is great: near the Kevin Hall Art Gallery and Glasgow University. There are shops, bars, live music etc.. It is easy to commute to Glasgow city by bus. I will definetely book again when I am back to Glasgow.

  • 17th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


If you plan on being in the West End it is a great location. I don't mind walking around the city, but it is about 25 minutes to George Square. The residence is nothing fancy, just a standard university dorm, however all I needed was a bed, kitchen and bathroom so it worked!

  • 16th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This is dorm that looks like it is used for transient housing and also as a hostel. The rooms as far as I know are all singles. Beds are good and there are shared bathrooms with private showers. There are also kitchens for each block of rooms and laundry is available. The rooms all have their own wifi router so the internet works really good. The drawback is that there isn't much interaction between the folks staying there and you're about a 30 min walk from the city center.


Rooms are just a typical university room, bed, desk, storage. They do have a sink in the room which is handy. Beds comfortable. Bathrooms excellent, also has laundry. Very clean place. Not a party hostel as it's more of a university. 20 mins walking to city centre or 10 mins by bus right down the street. If you are a quiet person or need a good rest, definitely stay here.


Great value for money. A single room in a student accommodation. 30 minute walk from the city centre but you can take the bus (2).

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