Each part of this city makes you love it, you don't only will be able to live in a place having a beach but also mountains. Moreover the city centre is great to go with friends, because you are able to do everything in one place; but what I love the most is being able to walk to every place of this city.
By Maria.D.C. On 20th July 2020
Study in Aberdeen
Aberdeen has the distinction of being the home of one of the oldest universities both in the UK and Europe, the University of Aberdeen, which was established in 1425. The city is also home to Robert Gordon University and the two universities enjoy some friendly rivalry.
University of Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen combines ancient traditions with modern teaching and facilities. Teaching is organised across 12 schools which encompasses a broad range of disciplines. With multi-million pound investment students are provided with some of the best facilities in the UK.
Robert Gordon University
Robert Gordon University commonly known as RGU, prides itself on reputation for producing graduates that are highly sought after by employers. The teaching at the university has been recognised with a gold award by the Teaching Excellence Framework. The university has 11 academic schools based at the Garthdee Campus just outside Aberdeen city centre.
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Aberdeen Student Life
About 10% of the town is made up of students so it is really geared towards the two universities. There are plenty of activities and entertainment to keep you busy when you have time away from the books, whilst being set in the beautiful grey granite architecture of Aberdeen.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs range from £80 - £224 per week; the average is £134 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Glasgow: £169/week, Dundee: £135/week, Edinburgh: £199/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)
The average price for:
A cheap meal at a restaurant: £13.50
A pint of beer: £3.25
A regular takeout coffee: £2.60
1L of milk: £0.83
A loaf of white bread: £0.91
Prices are about 3% higher than equivalent costs in Glasgow, about 7% higher than Dundee and about 4% lower than Edinburgh.
There is a great bus service in Aberdeen and it is also a good city to get around by bike. To travel further afield Aberdeen has great road and rail service with regular train services to major cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Aberdeen also has an international airport, which provides an extensive network of routes across the UK and Europe.
The Union Square, Trinity and Academy Shopping Centres are right at the heart of Aberdeen’s retail zone. Union Street, also known as the Granite Mile, is the main high street area where you’ll find popular shops such as Primark, Apple and Debenhams. Belmont Street you’ll find specialist and independent shops whilst at the top of Union Street is where you can find your high-end shopping - if that’s your bag.
If you like castles, you’ll love this. The list covers thirteen of the best castles the region has to offer (although we can’t guarantee all the roofs are still in one piece. Take an umbrella, just in case).
Probably Scotland’s most famous export, so it would be a shame not to find out some more about it. The Glen Garioch Distillery is about half an hour outside the city and will give a tour, as well as a wee dram or two for you to sample.
Like most Scottish cities, there’s a bit of a golf fixation going on, with half a dozen large golf courses spread around the outskirts of Aberdeen. Why not try your hand at it?
The stunning heart of the Highlands. Head here for outdoor adventuring, and perhaps a glimpse of majestic red deer or golden eagles.
Aberdeen’s own beach is pretty nice and sandy, and if you want to go further afield you’ll find everything from quiet fishing villages to dramatic clifftops.
Top 10 Aberdeen Accommodation
The Old Fire Station
Stayed here for 2 years now and couldn’t recommend the place enough. I feel very safe with the security team and the staff. Hazel is great as once we ...
After a few days staying at Fraser Studios in Aberdeen I am convinced that it was the right choice! The apartments are really nice layout and its ver...
My stay here so far has been spectacular. My room is just amazing and so spacious equipped with running hot water 24x7 and a radiator. The staff at Po...
I have been living at Causeway View for a year so far and I would recommend this property to anyone I knew knowing full well that they would be more t...
My daughter stayed here last year and i have to say she loved it ! i thought all the staff were brilliant and very nice any time i came to visit! Glad...
Fantastic room sizes, so much bigger than the others I have seen that my friends stay in. The desk is great for all the parcels that I get ordered t...
I have lived in this accommodation almost two years and found that it is such a comfortable place. Due to it is nearby to food sources e.g. M&S and Mo...
I have really enjoyed staying at Trinity Court, its in a brilliant location near the University of Aberdeen. The flats are nice, bright and not crampe...
Adam Smith House
If you're coming to Aberdeen Adam Smith is by far the best halls (as long as you don't mind sharing toilets). Before I came I wanted to be in a flat ...
Communal cleaning could have been better, hallways and stairways were hardly ever cleaned. Only one common room for roughly 140 people. Locks on kitch...
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So far so good is all...
So far so good is all I can say, I hope as things open up again ill be able to give a more complete review but Aberdeen has all the essentials you need and is safe. What was the most surprising is the fact the weather is usually really good- I know it doesn't sound believable because of how far north it is but it has been really good here so far. Never have I thought id go for a swim in the North Sea but that's another thing off my bucket list. read more
Aberdeen is a great place...
Aberdeen is a great place to live for a student. There are plenty jobs, cost of living is not high, and there's plenty to do in your free time when you aren't studying. read more
Aberdeen is a fun city...
Aberdeen is a fun city to live in, close to loads of nice spots to get to buy train and the nightlife before the pandemic was great. Flats are cheap here as well so makes it even better living here. read more
Eating out is horrible....
Eating out is horrible. The drivers of the buses are hospitality. If the bus announces the location when the bus arrives at the next station, it will be perfect. read more
Aberdeen is a fine city...
Aberdeen is a fine city to live in. Union square is a good shopping centre, there are plenty of supermarkets. Plenty of buses. It's COVID so I have no idea about nights out read more
My first impression of...
My first impression of Aberdeen is that it's a nice student city! The sea is close by which gives the possibility to relax; the university campus, however, provides all infrastructure needed for a good study. read more
Uni is always expensive...
Uni is always expensive but never found Aberdeen ridiculously so always food afford to go out and public transport is very good with busses taking you all over. read more
Each part of this city...
Each part of this city makes you love it, you don't only will be able to live in a place having a beach but also mountains. Moreover the city centre is great to go with friends, because you are able to do everything in one place; but what I love the most is being able to walk to every place of this city. read more
Public transport is superb....
Public transport is superb. Always on time. Don't bother thinking about the best night clubs. It doesn't exist here in Aberdeen. The best is usually just "Okay". read more
Generally Aberdeen is...
Generally Aberdeen is a great city for students. It has a lot of student accommodation and entertainment options and eating out might be a little bit pricey sometimes, but its totally worth it! read more
Wonderful city with lots...
Wonderful city with lots of activities and industry presence. Cosmopolitan and accommodating. Living here is peaceful and less stress compared to other cities In the UK read more
The weekly shop can be...
The weekly shop can be done for a reasonable price, and there’s loads of places to go for food etc. Nights out are very very good but it can be super expensive during the weekend. Shopping is pretty good but most students just shop online as shopping trips aren’t really in most people’s budget! Public transport in the city itself is generally good, however, if wanting to travel slightly further afield eg into Aberdeenshire for a day out, thorough planning is required as services become less reliable depending on the provider and area etc. read more
Coming from a small town,...
Coming from a small town, the facilities and various things to do have blown me away. I feel safe here at all times and have never been bored in the 2 years I've been here. If drinking is your thing then you have your pick of many bars and clubs all situated in the city centre. If you are sporty then Aberdeen Sports Village is opposite Aberdeen University and is a world class facility cheap to students. For shopping you have 3 shopping centres within 5 mins walk of each other and many other shops along union street. Or if you're an idiot like me, you can go crab hunting and exploring down the beach at midnight with a torch. read more
First bus has a monopoly...
First bus has a monopoly on the buses and they are, like anywhere else in the UK, awful. It's also kinda pricey to live here as a broke student but otherwise it's a good city. read more
I love living here in...
I love living here in Aberdeen since this is where my grandparents attended University and where my grandmother grew up. I’m very happy that I get to have the same experience as they did when they were here. read more
Aberdeen is a lovely...
Aberdeen is a lovely city with a great location for getting into the highlands or spending time on the sea. However, it does lack in amenities such as a broad selection of cheap eats--most of the pubs in town have the exact same menu and ethnic options are very similar and not of good quality. Shopping is eh: a repeat of your basic shops all within blocks of one another with City Centre dead after 6:00 pm. Public transport is overpriced, ALWAYS late, and not convenient; there are two companies operating with Stagecoach offering the best fares and forays into the wider parts of Aberdeenshire but First providing more routes around the city itself. I would have liked more restaurants and shopping within walking distance of each neighborhood and, definitely, more entertainment and restaurant options around the University of Aberdeen campus. FYI: if you come to Scotland expecting sunshine and warm weather, you are gravely mistaken; be wary of seagulls. read more
a great bus service to...
a great bus service to and from campus making the relatively short journey into the city centre easier! There are 3 shopping malls and a large high street with plenty of shops. I found that everything I needed was catered for including several large supermarkets close to halls. Accommodation is difficult to find after halls and can be expensive, so searching early is essential! Nights out are great as well, with cheap drinks at Paramount and good atmosphere in most other clubs. read more
Aberdeen is an amazing...
Aberdeen is an amazing city, On a night out, most people are out to have a good time and not cause trouble, one of the best nightclubs is Underground who do great theme nights over the whole year. Korova is a lovely place to eat and drink with half price food on mondays and half price cocktails from tuesday to thursday, great place for pre-drinks read more