Students in the outside area of Margaret Macdonald House, our halls of residence in Garnethill

Accommodation FAQ >

Who can apply for halls?

You are eligible to apply for halls as soon as you are made on offer on a course with GSA - whether unconditional or conditional. The demand for accommodation sometimes outweighs the number of rooms available in our student halls of residence and for this reason we prioritise applications. Immediate priority is given to applicants who:

  • Have accepted an offer of full-time study at GSA
  • Have no previous experience of living independently
  • Have a recognised and declared disability or special need which will impact on accommodation requirements
  • Live outwith daily travelling distance

Fulfilling one or more of the above criteria does not guarantee an offer of accommodation. The accommodation at The Glasgow School of Art is not offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Applicants who are not offered residential student accommodation will be assisted by Student Support Services to find suitable student accommodation in the private sector. To find out more, please visit Student Support Services.

What if I have recieved a 'conditional' offer of study from the GSA?

Applications are invited from students who have received an 'Unconditional' or 'Conditional' offer of study at The Glasgow School of Art. If you apply with a 'Conditional' offer, your application will still be processed using the priority criteria detailed above. This system ensures that all applicants have an equal opportunity. If we can offer you housing you will be invited to book housing.  Later, when your offer becomes unconditional, you will be inducted in late August with all other halls bookers.  If you later do not come to GSA there is provision within the tenancy to cancel your reservation. 

How do I apply?

See 'Apply Online' page for more information.

What are the timescales for making an application?

Online applications for Session 2019/20 will open mid March 2019. Applications will be welcomed from all new & incoming students to GSA between March & end May 2019.

Is there an application deadline?

Yes, Halls applications should be in by May 31st 2019. Late applications are still welcomed from June onwards and will be placed on wait list. 

What does the applications process look like?

You can download our guide to the student applications process by clicking here. We have noted the important dates below:

  • Halls application deadline 31st May 2019;
  • Halls application processing commences in April right thoroughout the summer;
  • Accommodation team will begin to notify students of with accommodation offers from late April;
  • Arrivals weekend and start of session begins in September.

What kind of accommodation is available?

The Glasgow School of Art is able to offer accommodation in Margaret Macdonald House and Blythswood House, our own purpose built student residences within 5 minutes' walk of the main GSA Garnethill Campus. You can view images of the accommodation on the GSA Flickr page here

Where is the accommodation in relation to the campus?

Margaret Macdonald House is located on Buccleuch Street in the Garnethill area of Glasgow. The accommodation is right in the middle of the GSA Garnethill Campus and less than 5 minutes' walk from the Reid/Stow Buildings. Blythswood House is just off Sauchiehall Street, south of the Garnethill Campus and is less than 5 minutes' walk from the Reid Building and approximately 8 minutes to Stow.

How much do halls cost?

Between £111-139 per week - these costs are subject to agreement for 2019/20 session. Rents are inclusive of utilities except laundry which is on a pay-as-you-go basis. 

We have a booking fee of £125 which is paid online at time of booking and is a non returnable fee. 

How do I meet the cost of rent?

Contact Student Support Services for information on funding - details available on our website here.

What accommodation is available for returning students?

A small proportion of halls may be available annually for students returning after their first year. There is also the possibility for current residents to apply to join the ResLife team. If you need help finding accommodation in the prviate sector after your time in halls, our Student Support Services can help with flat hunting.

Is any of the accommodation suitable for students requiring adapted facilities?

We have flats which have been built with a wheelchair user in mind. In addition to this, our accommodation is adapted to be used by physically, or sensory impaired individuals. For further information or to discuss the suitability of the accommodation please contact

What furniture is supplied in the bedrooms?

Each room has a bed, wardrobe, desk, wall-mounted bookcase/shelf, study chair and bed side cabinet/drawers. Curtains or blinds, mattress protector and topper are also provided. Full accommodation inventory is supplied with halls offers in the Welcome Book.

What is supplied in the lounge/kitchen areas?

Fridges, freezers, cookers, kettle, kitchen units and sinks in the kitchen. Dining and lounge furniture including easy chairs in the lounge room.

Is it possible for me to look at the rooms before I apply/accept my offer of accommodation?

There are designated dates through the year where you can visit on Open Days to view flats.  You can also book a viewing in the summer months, subject to accommodation availability. To request a room viewing, please email and a member of staff will get back to you. 

What is the normal duration of an accommodation contract?

Approximately 37-40 weeks from mid September to mid June for undergraduates. Most postgraduates are offered 37-40 or 50/51 week contracts.  Exceptions can be made for students studying on an exchange/study abroad programme at the School. In these circumstances a contract can be offered for semester 1 or 2.

Do I have to move out over the Christmas and Easter holidays?

If you have a full session contract you can stay through the holidays, or if you choose to go away for a break then possessions can be left in the room. Students with a shorter contract will have to leave at the end of their contract or can stay by arrangement only.

Are the start and stop dates flexible? Is it possible to arrive early and leave later?

By arrangement and subject to availability you can arrive early, leave later or extend for the summer vacation if required. There would normally be an additional rent cost involved which is charged at the session rates. 

What does rent include?

At MMH – all utilities except laundry (£4 per wash/dry)*

At BWH – all utilities except laundry (£4 wash/dry load)*

*These prices are subject to change for session 2019/20. Please refer to the halls comparison guide for a complete list of facilities offered on each site.

If I bring a TV or use IPTV through computer or laptop do I need at TV licence?

Yes. Each person who owns a TV/laptop/tablet or equipment where you can watch or record live TV now requires a license. One per flat/room is not sufficient if there is more than one TV/laptop in use.

What are the local facilities like around the accommodation?

Our accommodation is very close to city centre shops, cinemas, theatres, bars, clubs and restaurants on Sauchiehall Street and the surrounding area. There are several forms of public transport within a few minutes’ walk. A council leisure centre with pool is within 10 minutes’ walk.

What should I bring with me other than personal possessions when I move in?

Students will need to supply their own bed linen, duvet & pillow, coat hangers, crockery, cutlery, dishes and kitchen utensils, pots, pans, etc for use in the kitchen. It is not essential to bring all of these items with you, and they can easily be purchased after your arrival in Glasgow. If you are in a shared flat, you may want to save some money by splitting the cost of some items with other students. For more details, you can refer to the inventory in the Welcome Book, which will be supplied after accommodation has been offered to you.


GSA Residential Accommodation is registered/graded/awarded by the following associations:

Term Time

HMO - Houses in Multiple Occupation

Summer Time

Visit Scotland - 5 star hostel

Walkers & Cyclists Welcome 

(NOTE: tariffs & availability only apply to short stay summer vacation market to the city)

I have further questions regarding my accommodation requirements - who can I contact?

Please contact the Residence Manager by emailing or telephoning 0141 566 1414.