Moving in to Murano Street Student Village?
Welcome to our largest residence, ‘the sociable halls’! Want to know your local area a bit better? Here are some tips on what to see and do locally.
Murano Street Student Village is situated next to the Forth and Clyde Canal. This area once came to be known as The Venice of the North (kid you not!). OK, you might not quite feel like you are in the City of Water, but this place will definitely float your boat!
If you’d rather sit and watch, Partick Thistle Stadium is only 5 minutes from Murano. Watch out for Kingsley, is he the coolest or the scariest mascot in footballing history? You be the judge.
In search of tranquility? This area has the coolest and quirkiest Church in the City. Queen’s Cross Church is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh building. As a quick intro, the world-renowned Mackintosh is one of the most popular designers and architects in Glasgow thanks to his impressive art nouveau creations. Queen’s Cross is open to visitors and entry is free on Wednesday afternoons. It is approximately a 5 minute walk from Murano Street.
Looking for a sugar rush? Just a minute up the road from here you’ll find Jaconnelli’s Café (just next door to ‘The Codfather’). This family-run Italian café is a small time-capsule where you can grab some great ice cream or order a refreshing milkshake. Seen Trainspotting? Of course you have! Despite being set in Edinburgh it’s mainly filmed in Glasgow. Jaconnelli’s is where Renton and Spud shared a milkshake while discussing the best approach for that memorable job interview.
I hear you, I hear you! More trainspotting facts please! Remember that scene when Begbie chucks the pint glass down the balcony and it all gets a bit messy? This was filmed at Crosslands (now known as The Kelbourne Saint), a pub/restaurant on Queen Margaret Drive with the coolest beer garden around. If you decide to stop by just try to restrain yourself from attempting to recreate the scene please!
A recent addition to the area is the revamped The Strathmore Bar. It offers live music nights, great food and a lovely weekend brunch. It's just across from Murano so you can't miss it!
Along Queen Margaret Drive there is a great selection of shops and cafes. Some of the highlights are Zensation, an Asian fusion restaurant; North Star and Smile Café, two Italian cafes which are very popular and lively spots for great food and coffee. The Wee Fish Market and Anderson Groceries are conveniently located for stocking up on fresh and juicy provisions. Large and small supermarkets are available in this area too. The Queen Margaret Drive Community organises a winter and summer street festival with plenty of music, entertainment and tasty food.
Exhausted after all this reading? Go for a relaxing stroll in the Botanic Gardens. From Murano, it’s an approximately 10 minute walk. Beautiful glasshouses, a lovely tea room and plenty of wild flora and fauna are on offer. Beware of the fierce and hungry Glaswegian squirrels though! They are known to heartlessly snatch your real sea salt & balsamic vinegar hand cooked crisps without showing even a hint of remorse. Other flavours are not safe either.
The University’s main campus is around a 25 minute walk from the halls. For when you are feeling adventurous and want to head to the City Centre, there are regular buses running from Maryhill Road - only 10 minutes to get to the ‘Style Mile’.
Whatever you get up to, make the most of your time in halls.