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Living in Dundee
Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and has the highest ratio of students to locals in Scotland. This is good news for you if you’re studying at the University of Dundee because it means that a large portion of life in the town is geared towards you!
Whoever designed the geography of Dundee must have been on the energy drinks at the time, because it seems to have every possible kind of landmark you could think of. A river? Why yes, the Tay is the longest river in Scotland. A beach? Absolutely! Broughty Ferry beach has won awards for it’s gold sandy beauty. A hill? Not just any hill, this one’s made out of the remains of an extinct prehistoric volcano! Show offs.
That volcanic hill is called The Law, and you can walk up to the top of it quite easily. It’s actually a really good way to start your time there, because The Law is right in the middle of Dundee and will give you a perfect view of most of the city, including the two massive bridges that cross the Tay - quite a feat of engineering once you see how wide it is. You can bond with your new housemates while simultaneously figuring out where everything is in the city. People will actually give you directions by compass-point here, because of how blindingly obvious these natural landmarks are, so it’s best to get acquainted with them sooner rather than later.
Dundee’s city centre is relatively small, but you’ll still find it has more than enough to meet the needs of any student. As well as the two big shopping centres and the usual high street shops, there’s two skateparks and an historic ‘tall ship’ moored down at the docks. This is the RRS Discovery, which was used by the extremely hardcore Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton to explore the Antarctic. If you thought your student digs got cold in the winter, you’ve got nothing on these guys.
Finally we should probably mention the Blackwell’s bookshop, because at some point you are going to have to sit indoors and study like the diligent student we know you are. This Blackwell’s contains the largest room in Europe that is devoted only to the written word. It’s called the Norrington Room and it’s 10,000sq ft filled purely with books, glorious books. We’re pretty sure that whatever your course, you’ve got a good chance of tracking down your study books in there!
It’s cold outside! Where should I go to warm up?
- The 24 hour bakery: Meet your new best friend. This wonderful haven of crusty rolls is a lifeline for students with the post-clubbing munchies. You’ll find it on Anfield Street, north-west of the Student Union.
- Dundee Contemporary Arts: The DCA has a cinema showing current, classic, and independent films. There’s also a shop, galleries, food... Maybe take your sleeping bag and just camp out there.
- Find a club: Default student locations are Fat Sams (a range of music), Cubic (R’n’B, dance) and the Reading Rooms (Indie, D&B etc), but don’t be afraid to branch out once you’ve got your bearings.
The sun came out! Where should I go before it disappears again?
- Explore: You’re in scenic Scotland! To the north of Dundee is the incredible Cairngorm National Park so the further that way you go, the more amazing the views are going to get and the more outdoor sports you’re going to find.
- The Beach: There’s that one we mentioned before, Broughton Ferry, or even go a bit further abroad to St Andrews. I know the prospect of a cold northern beach might fill you with dread, but it’s actually very lovely.
- Edinburgh: You can be in Scotland’s capital in just over an hour by train.
Read Dundee Reviews
As a city Dundee is compact and everything is easily accessible. Great nightlife no shortage of things to do whatever your interest. Plenty of choice in resteraunts of varying price ranges. Public transport is relatively cheap.
The cost of living in Dundee is incredibly cheap. The halls you stay in aren't that cheap sadly and they're not catered however eating out and about is cheap, easy and convenient. The nights out are genuinely out of this world - the union is about 5 seconds away from the University halls and has 5 floors: Two bars, a games room, a nightclub and floor 5 (Which plays the best cheesiest music in all of Dundee!) Shopping is good although leaves a little to be desired compared to places such as Glasgow. However, I've never struggled to find anything I need, the choice is just is a little limited. The overgate shopping centre will generally satisfy all of your needs. Public transport is also good, train station in the centre of town, good frequent buses etc. Dundee has so much more to do in it that I ever expected and I've been pleasantly surprised at how nice it is. The West End is completely designed around students with hundreds of cheap bars, pubs, restaurants, shops, cafes, etc!10/10
Great small town, quite cheap, one of the best for night-life, yet provides excellent academic opportunities. One negative aspect is perhaps the limited job market if you're looking to work, though there are opening if you're patient.
Such a great city! Especially for people moving from Notthern Ireland as its great to be so far away from home for independence and living on your own, but you can get home via megabus and stenaline for £49 return lol! It's such a lively city at night, and during the day it had plenty to do! It truly is my second home :-)