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Living in Govanhill

Govanhill is to be found south of the River Clyde, close to motorway links with the M74 and the M8. It's a diverse area which is home to a wide variety of flats and houses, supported by an infrastructure of shops and local amenities. While the main roads through Govanhill are lively and exciting, the neighbourhoods are generally rather tranquil.

If you work or study in the centre of Glasgow, this is an excellent area in which to live. Commuting from here to the central offices, shops and public buildings is a simple process, while the main campus of the University of Glasgow is less than four miles away. This is especially good news for students on a budget, because flats to rent in Govanhill represent excellent value for money.

Two Subway stations, West Street and Bridge Street, are less than two miles from Govanhill, while you'll find plenty of bus routes which make their way through the area. For those who have to commute into the centre of the city on a daily basis, there are several options available to them.

Shop till you drop and pick up the bargains

Govanhill is home to a great range of shops, with plenty of opportunities to buy anything from garments and groceries to TVs and PCs. The proliferation of pubs, caf├ęs and restaurants gives the place a sense of community, and this helps Govanhill to retain its independence and its character.

Parents who are currently looking for houses to rent in Govanhill will be impressed by the selection of schools in the area. For the younger children there are primary schools such as Annette Street, Cuthbertson and Saint Bride's, while secondary establishments like Hollybrook Academy and Holyrood Secondary are within close reach.

Keeping fit and active in and around Govanhill is easy, thanks to the excellent range of sporting amenities to be found here. Take your pick from a selection that includes gyms, health clubs, bowls clubs, jogging and cycling tracks and, in Dixon Road, the popular Holyrood Sports Centre.

Settle back and savour the sporting action

If you'd rather take a seat and watch the sporting action, you'll be spoilt for choice. Scotland's national football stadium at Hampden Park is around a mile away, while Govanhill is just three miles equidistant from Rangers FC to the west and Celtic FC to the east. For keen cyclists, the magnificent Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is around 2.5 miles from Govanhill.

People who live in the area have access to a number of highly-rated medical facilities. They include the excellent Govanhill Health Centre which is located on the corner of Calder Street and Daisy Street. The New Victoria Hospital is to be found in nearby Langside while the highly rated NHS-run Golden Jubilee National Hospital at Clydebank is just seven miles away.

With so many flats and houses to rent in Glasgow, newcomers can find themselves a little overwhelmed by the breadth of choice that's open to them. For those on a budget, including perhaps a sizable number of students, Govanhill offers great value and, perhaps crucially for many, it's conveniently close to the city centre and all of its amenities.

If you like a little community spirit, you might just fall in love with Govanhill

For people who are living in Shawlands, Rutherglen, Govanhill and other areas to the south of the Clyde, there's a pleasant feeling of community spirit and of course an easy way to commute to the city centre in the mornings. It comes as no great surprise to hear local residents saying positive things about how happy they are in their neighbourhoods.

Scotland's largest and busiest city offers a wonderful way of life for people from all backgrounds and of all ages, and Govanhill is in many ways a typical Glaswegian neighbourhood. It plays host to both tranquil and buzzing areas as well as a mixture of both new and old properties.

If you're currently thinking about making your home in the Govanhill area, be sure to speak to the experts first. Here at Citylets, we're always happy to discuss the merits of every area in Glasgow, so be sure to get the inside view from our friendly team.

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