Cairncross House, 20 Kelvinhaugh Place, Glasgow, G3 8NH

Cairncross House offers undergraduate accommodation exclusively for University of Glasgow students, situated in close proximity to the City Centre. It is also within easy reach of the West End and just a 15 minute walk from the University.

Great location
All inclusive bills
Common room
Free broadband and Wi-Fi throughout
On-site laundry
Free contents insurance
On-site security and CCTV
Sports & recreation membership

Pricing & Room Information


All Accommodation fees must be paid through your MyCampus account.

To confirm your booking a non-refundable prepayment of £450 will be charged at the time you accept your offer of occupancy.

For information on payment of fees visit the University of Glasgow website.



Single rooms are brilliant value and are fully furnished with a single bed and shared bathroom facilities.

Large single

Equipped with everything from a single room, along with a sofa and extra wardrobe space.


Share your experience with a roommate in one of our twin rooms, fully furnished and with fantastic value.

Great location

Perfectly located in the heart of the of the city centre!

All inclusive bills

Your weekly rent is all inclusive meaning you won't have to pay any extra bills.

Common room

Lets play! Games machines and table sports are available in the common room.

Free 10MB broadband

Super-speedy WiFi in your bedroom and throughout the building means you're always connected.

On-site laundry

An on-site laundry provided by Circuit Laundry.

Free contents insurance

You’re protected by contents insurance from Endsleigh which covers your possessions for free.

On-site security and CCTV

You’re safe and sound with our 24 hour CCTV.

On-site gym

A sports & recreation membership is included in your rent price.


Property Overview

Cairncross House is conveniently situated half way between the university and the city centre, with the campus being just a 15 minute stroll away.

Offering a mix of single and twin rooms, these purpose-built halls are comprised of 212 study bedrooms, all with a hand washbasin. Each flat has a fully fitted kitchen to share with your flat mates. Cairncross House is also equipped with a common room, study room with computer cluster and on-site laundry. Our all-inclusive rental packages include utilities, 250 MB Wi-Fi, contents insurance, and membership of GU Sports and Recreation service.

Floor Plan

typical flat layout at Cairncross House, Glasgow

This is a typical layout and actual apartments within this site may vary.


Single rooms are brilliant value and are fully furnished with a single bed and shared bathroom facilities.

Large single

Equipped with everything from a single room, along with a sofa and extra wardrobe space.


Share your experience with a roommate in one of our twin rooms, fully furnished and with fantastic value.




Cairncross House is conveniently situated half way between the University and the city centre. It is next to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and there is also a sports centre nearby. The University campus is just a 15 minute stroll away. Glasgow itself is a city full of culture; with its eye catching modern and classic architecture as well as the famous theatre district. There is always plenty to see and do. The city centre is easy to reach with lots of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs to keep you entertained. The centrally located train station also offers great transport links to the rest of the UK.

Nearby locations to Cairncross House


Additional Information

Cairncross House is managed by Sanctuary Students on behalf of the University of Glasgow. The University of Glasgow accommodation office receives and processes applications for accommodation. To apply, please complete a University of Glasgow online application.

Wi-Fi and broadband internet are available in all bedrooms. These services are provided by Keycom. The cost for this is included in your rent.

You will also have the option to upgrade your broadband service.

Students are able to collect their keys from 4pm on the day their contract begins. The reception is open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm. Students must provide either their driving license or passport as a form of photo ID.

You can also bring your boarding pass which will be available as part of your online induction with the University of Glasgow.

If you leave the University of Glasgow, you will not be able to live with us. You’ll have to pay your rent up to the date you leave the University plus a cancellation fee of 28 days of rent.

You need to apply to the University using an Early Departure Form if you are planning to end your contract which will be reviewed by the University.

The UoG will accept a replacement student but you’ll be responsible for paying the rent until the new student moves in.

 If you move rooms, you will be charged a £25 administration fee.

For more information on the UOG’s cancellation policy, please refer to their Sample Tenancy Agreement (PDF 158KB).

Find your nearest National Health Service (NHS) Doctor or Dentist on the NHS 24 website.

If you need free legal advice, please contact Citizens Advice Scotland.

Apply for your student visa.

UK Border Agency

UKCISA - UK Council for International Student Affairs

Guide to Culture Shock

National Union of Students (NUS)

University of Glasgow


Your handbook contains all the essential information you'll need to know when you move in with us.

Cairncross House Residents' Guide (PDF 8.6MB)

TV licence

If you are bringing a TV to watch live TV, or if you receive or record live TV programmes on any other device, such as a laptop, you will need a TV Licence. You won’t be covered by your parents’ licence. Our TV licences only cover the TVs that we provide, for example in common rooms and lounge areas.

From September 2016, you’ll need a TV license to watch the BBC iPlayer.

For more information and to buy your licence, visit the TV Licensing website. There are a variety of payment plans available.

The TV licensing authorities recognise that most students do not need the final three months of a TV licence as you leave the accommodation during the summer. You may be able to receive a refund for this period, provided that you don’t need your licence again before it expires.

If you do not have a TV Licence but you receive or record live TV you could face prosecution from the TV Licensing Authority.


Cairncross House now benefits from LaundryView which will make doing your laundry on-site even easier. The system, created by Circuit, allows you to go online and check the availability of washers and dryers in your building as well as see when other washes are about to end. 

To get started with LaundryView, you first need to find your halls.

Circuit also offer laundry top-up cards which allow you to pay for your washing and drying in advance by paying online or using one of the on-site machines. You can then use your card to pay for washing and drying as well as top-up your card straight from your mobile phone using the Circuit app.

Ask our team where to get a top-up card and take a look at Circuit’s ‘how to use’ videos for more information.


Student possessions insurance is provided through Endsleigh for all students for the 2017/18 academic year. This covers a range of belongings such as laptops, sports and electrical items and clothes. This has been arranged by the University of Glasgow at no extra cost. For more information on the insurance certificate for the 2017/18 academic year and to check your policy details, please visit University of Glasgow - Information about insurance.