Glasgow City Centre – a guide to the areas

Are you new to the city, maybe you are going to be moving here to study or you are moving with work, and you know you want to live in town – just a bit unsure where would suit you?

We thought we would put together a quick guide to the different areas within the city center itself. Glasgow is a sprawling city but if you are keen to live right in the thick of things then Glasgow city center might be the place for you. By Glasgow city we are talking about the city centre itself and up to ¼ mile surrounding it. Glasgow is a fantastic place to live if you love shopping, fashion, bars, clubs, amazing restaurants and more cultural attractions like going to the theatre, concerts and film.

Glasgow’s main shopping area is divided into a few main streets – Buchannan Street, Sauchiehall St and Argyle St – mostly commercial premises around here, not much residential living. Glasgow’s Style Mile should appeal to any fashion conscious visitor or new comer to the city. All the areas below are within walking distance of each other

Merchant City

The Merchant City is the place to live in town – its is crammed with trendy shops, designer boutiques, awesome restaurants and cool bars, as well as lots of flats!


Collegelands is an area slightly further to the East of the city and it, as the name suggests, appeals mainly to students although there is also a big proportion of young professionals!

Townhead & Cathedral Square

The Townhead area is situated slightly to the north of George Square, and both Glasgow Caledonian University campus and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary is close by.


Cowcaddens is situated slightly west of the city centre is another popular area of the city with affordable housing on offer.


Garnethill borders Cowcaddens and is probably the most bohemian part of the city centre to live in.

Charing Cross

Charing Cross is an area bordering the city boundaries between the city and Glasgow’s West end. It is still within walking distance of the city centre.

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