A great city where everything is in close proximity and cost of living is much cheaper than other cities.

By member1047473 On 22nd April 2020

Study in Dundee

There are two universities in Dundee: University of Dundee and Abertay University. Dundee has the highest ratio of students to locals in Scotland. This is good news if you’re studying because it means that a large portion of life in the town is geared towards you!
 

 

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University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has been named Scotland’s most student-friendly university. It has a reputation for excellent teaching which has been recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework with particular strengths in life sciences and medical research.

 

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Abertay University

Abertay University is known for being a small and friendly university, so you can expect to be on first name terms with your lecturers. They are a specialist university in tech-driven degrees such as Ethical Hacking and Computer Games as well as Business and Social Science degrees.

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Dundee Student Life

Dundee is one of the top 10 most affordable cities for students with an array of nightlife spots, restaurants and shops. It is vibrant and cosmopolitan as well as being friendly and compact. 

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Dundee is incredibly cheap

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29th July 2015

Great nightlife…

Great nightlife no shortage of things to do whatever your interest.

member745994
20th February 2020

It's not too bad…

As a whole it’s not too bad but if u like going out having fun with ur mates then Dundee isn’t really for you. There are only around 3 clubs in Dundee and they’re nothing compared to clubs in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

member810452
6th July 2015

Plenty of nightclubs…

Best place for students plenty of nightclubs, cinemas and places you can go and things you can do

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6th July 2015

Lots of places…

Lots of places to eat and plenty of bars and nightclubs to enjoy the social life to a greater extent.

 

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Public Transport

Everywhere is reachable by foot or bike in Dundee, there is also a frequent bus service. Dundee is in an idyll location for exploring Scotland with scenery, skiing, mountain climbing and sailing within an easy reach by road and rail. There are also good rail connections to main UK cities, with Edinburgh just over an hour away and Manchester 5 hours away. Dundee airport is close to the city centre and flies direct to London Stanstead. Other Scottish airports make it easy and affordable to reach the main cities in the UK and Europe. 
 

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Dundee’s city centre is largely pedestrianised, making it easy to stroll around and pop into your favourite shops. Overgate and Wellgate Shopping Centres are in the heart of the city and house all your high street favourites. The city also has great independent shops too, such as Groucho’s Record Shop and Spex Pistols which doubles up as a glasses shop and intimate gig venue!

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Museums & Galleries

Dundee has an excellent selection of museums and galleries. In 2019 the impressive V&A Dundee opened, which is Scotland’s first design museum and part of the city’s £1bn waterfront regeneration project. 

 

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Theatre

The Dundee Rep Theatre is home to Scotland's only full-time company of actors, as well as Scotland's principal contemporary dance company, Scottish Dance Theatre, providing a broad programme of drama, musicals, dance and live music. 

 

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Festivals

There’s a range of festivals that take place year-round in the city. Some of the most popular are the Dundee Design Festival, Dundee Food & Flower Festival, Dundee Jazz Festival and Dundee Literary Festival. 

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Caird Hall brings in nationally and internationally renowned musicians, as well as comedy shows and classical concerts. For smaller venues offering live music weekly check out Clarks on Lindsay Street, Fat Sams Live, Number 57, Dukes Corner and Buskers. 

 

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iQ Parker House 4.46 /5

An excellent place with a very helpful staff. Very responsive to maintenance requests and located in an optimal place for students. A bit pricey c...

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Peterson Hall 4.41 /5

I stayed here for two years and would do it again. The flats are very modern and in a very good condition. I lived in a 6 person flat, so we shared th...

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Marketgait Apartments 4.36 /5

Very beautiful and amazing living experience! It's located in the heart of the Dundee city, very convenient for transport, supermarkets and takeaways....

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Keiller Court 4.29 /5

Spent my first year here locked down over Covid and was pleased with my experience. The rooms/kitchen are very spacious and everything you could need ...

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Belmont Tower 4.17 /5

excellent internet. right on campus for a short walk to class...

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Heathfield 4.16 /5

Heathfield halls have been a great place to spend my first year at Dundee University. I have made many friends while living and been able to get a fe...

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The Hub 3.99 /5

I lived at the Hub for 2 years and had a great experience there. The staff in the office was helpful and friendly (always happy to sign for parcels, f...

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Belmont Flats 3.97 /5

Modern, en-suites in all bedrooms - expensive but but better standard of halls that other universities...

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West Park Flats 3.59 /5

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Seabraes 1 3.52 /5

I had an amaaaazing experience there, the only downside is the high rent, but for me it was worth it. Social 6/5...

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16th May 2022

Perth road is one...

Perth road is one of the best places to stay in Dundee for uni. Great location, great shops nearby, only a 10 minute walk to town. read more

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14th May 2022

Transport is good...

Transport is good throughout the city, there are two main shopping malls. Nights out are great, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Very affordable to live and lots of places to eat out. read more

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19th April 2022

I really enjoyed...

I really enjoyed living in Dundee but would have enjoyed more options for eating out. read more

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19th April 2022

Dundee is a very...

Dundee is a very upcoming city, with a wide range of places to eat out and shops. read more

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29th March 2022

A nice quaint tow...

A nice quaint town, though you won't be finding some 5 star dining experience here. It has enough to keep me satisfied. read more

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20th March 2022

Not the nicest pl...

Not the nicest place - I know many people like it - not me too much read more

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9th February 2022

More shops requir...

More shops required. Bring back zara! Friendly city. Beautiful waterfront . read more

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4th February 2022

Buy drinks at the...

Buy drinks at the supermarket and meet your friends somewhere, 2 beers from a pub (700 ml) you can buy almost 4 L in the supermarket. read more

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29th January 2022

Peaceful yet happ...

Peaceful yet happening place to live read more

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14th December 2021

there is 1 good c...

there is 1 good club, aura. everywhere else is either dead or dodgy. You get burnt out quickly. there’s a few nice bars and cute restaurants tho. everything is relatively cheap, the train station is easy to navigate but usually quite busy. read more

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12th December 2021

Less populated ci...

Less populated city, calm and quiet Student friendly city. Pubs and eateries are around with budget hotels .Overall city is good. read more

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30th November 2021

Great compact cit...

Great compact city undergoing a massive regeneration right now. Some areas do still look… un-regenerated though but that’s a more realistic Dundee read more

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17th November 2021

Very cheap city w...

Very cheap city which is great for student life. Plenty of bars & restaurants. Shops and public transport could be better. read more

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1st November 2021

Great for student...

Great for students like me to go for a quick shop. Wish the buses were more frequent after 6. read more

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28th October 2021

local train and b...

local train and bus station are ideal read more

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7th October 2021

I dont use public...

I dont use publick transport so allow my judgement on that but the rest is a vibe read more

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6th September 2021

Very quick walk t...

Very quick walk to the town centre which is full of everything you could need. read more

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6th September 2021

Great city filled...

Great city filled with students and great nights out with friends. Very easy to find transport and many places to eat out scattered all over the town. read more

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5th September 2021

Living next to th...

Living next to the seaside has been the biggest highlight of living here, coming from a big city it’s more motivating to go outside and take adventures when living next to the river and 10 minutes away from a beach read more

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18th August 2021

good student city...

good student city, cheap to live. read more

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16th August 2021

Great first place...

Great first place away from home as everything’s in walking distance. read more

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30th July 2021

Love dundee, glad...

Love dundee, glad I moved here for university read more

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20th July 2021

Dundee is a great...

Dundee is a great place to live and study even with covid restrictions ! There’s loads to do within walking/short bus distance and you’re always close to Edinburgh/Aberdeen/Perth if you want to go further afield. Plenty jobs too read more

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6th July 2021

Dundee is a great...

Dundee is a great city but would like more things to do outside nights out read more

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6th July 2021

I really like Dun...

I really like Dundee. I think that it has everything you could need within a short walk which makes life very easy read more

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4th July 2021

How do you expect...

How do you expect me to rate night outs and clubs and stuff dude? Locked in and following rules read more

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24th June 2021

Dundee is what I...

Dundee is what I like to call the “perfect student city”. Everything is close by and there are lots to explore! The scenery is also beautiful. Not to mention Dundee is the sunniest city in Scotland as well! read more

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21st June 2021

Dundee is a peace...

Dundee is a peaceful town to be in, it’s not even bad at all. read more

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15th June 2021

Good prices all a...

Good prices all around. Close by shops and buses make living and commuting much easier. read more

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member1160079
14th June 2021

Dundee is great,...

Dundee is great, its a city but not too big. Generally everything you need is within walking distance. Depending on where you live will affect how close you are to the city centre. Though many accommodations are close to both the university and town meaning it is only a short walk to both. There are many shops catering to many needs and there are multiple places to eat in or take out. There are multiple buses and bus stops all over the city and they are running regularly. Overall it is a great place to live as a student or long time resident. read more

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11th June 2021

everything is clo...

everything is close by and very student friendly read more

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9th June 2021

Okay but some run...

Okay but some run out of things to do sometimes read more

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8th June 2021

Once again, due t...

Once again, due to covid, couldnt really experience these read more

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8th June 2021

Dundee has a bit...

Dundee has a bit of everything and makes for the perfect student experience. read more

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8th June 2021

Lovely location a...

Lovely location and place to live lots of things to do and see. Rent is a good price in comparison to other unis in Scotland an overall great plaice to be read more

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7th June 2021

Love Dundee it is...

Love Dundee it is a small city but filled with everything we need. read more

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3rd June 2021

Dundee is a good...

Dundee is a good student city with a lot of opportunities! Would be nice to study here whit no covid! read more

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3rd June 2021

A class city with...

A class city with plenty of opportunities to explore wider Scotland. read more

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28th May 2021

Limited options t...

Limited options to eat out but decent city to live in read more

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28th May 2021

It is really easy...

It is really easy to travel in Dundee and shopping is always good fun. read more

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28th May 2021

Everything is clo...

Everything is close and convenient. There are many bars near by although I havent been to any. There Are many food places to get food at. read more

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28th May 2021

Various available...

Various available clubs for nightlife and a large number of bars/restaurants for daytime and evening social read more

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26th May 2021

It would be bette...

It would be better if have more shops and restaurants open read more

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25th May 2021

Small city but gr...

Small city but great for student lifestyle. read more

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24th May 2021

During covid ever...

During covid everything was closed but Dundee is a beautiful, affordable, studentfriendly city with a lot of small shops and good public transportation. read more

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21st May 2021

Nice city, pretty...

Nice city, pretty cheap and small read more

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21st May 2021

Cost is very affo...

Cost is very affordable and location is good read more

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21st May 2021

an amazing city l...

an amazing city love it scumdee read more

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19th May 2021

Dundee is the bes...

Dundee is the best city for a student. It has two Universities, which means you’ll meet a lot of young people and there will always be a plan to do. Moreover, you won’t spend too much in public transport as everything is five minutes walking. read more

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19th May 2021

Dundee is a prett...

Dundee is a pretty good place for the social life and living here is pretty cheap compaire to the bigger cities. read more

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member1158213
19th May 2021

My choice of plac...

My choice of place to study was purely based on university, not the city. It is an acceptable place to spend a few years. however personally it is not for me. read more

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19th May 2021

There are some ve...

There are some very nice local restaurants and pubs in dundee that many student enjoy going to. The social side of dundee is very fun as there are lots of student within the city! read more

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18th May 2021

All good 10/10 wo...

All good 10/10 would recommend. V&A isnt great tho read more

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17th May 2021

Everything is in...

Everything is in walking distance so transportation isn’t a problem. Wide ramge of stores which cater well to the student population. read more

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14th May 2021

Small student tow...

Small student town, very lively and easy to settle in read more

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12th May 2021

Honestly one of t...

Honestly one of the best places to be. Very low key and has got everything you would ever need. read more

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5th May 2021

Dundee is an alri...

Dundee is an alright place to live. There are not as many leisure facilities as I would like. There is not a sports centre nearby from what I know of. read more

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5th May 2021

There is everythi...

There is everything you need in the town, loads of shops, restaurants and bars with almost everything you can think of being catered for read more

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10th March 2021

Dundee is a low c...

Dundee is a low cost of living city. The people are nice and friendly. Unlike other big cities, Dundee is a place which is not very crowded and busy. read more

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1st March 2021

Hands down best p...

Hands down best place to live as a student!! Best night out, plenty places to eat, all student friendly prices too! read more

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25th February 2021

Quite a compact c...

Quite a compact city, perfect for students read more

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17th February 2021

Dundee is a small...

Dundee is a small city but it is full of students so you'll definitely make friends here. Everything is quite close so you can go walking everywhere you want. Also is one of the sunniest cities in Scotland read more

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16th February 2021

I think Dundee is...

I think Dundee is great, not as big as Glasgow or London obviously but for a city it has everything you need and in close proximity to everything else, I really love it. read more

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9th February 2021

I am not a big ci...

I am not a big city person making Dundee a very place for me to settle in as it is quite welcoming read more

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8th February 2021

Haven't been able...

Haven't been able to go on nights out or eat out due to pandemic however the years before were always good fun. read more

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8th February 2021

Cost of living is...

Cost of living is fantastic for students and overall due to how expensive the rest of the UK and especially London is. I haven't experienced nights out due to lockdown, but eating out is certainly better than where I live at home as take aways stay open all night in Dundee and still have good food. read more

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24th November 2020

Cool student city...

Cool student city. Cheap but with enough things in bus range to still be interesting to live in. read more

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6th November 2020

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Lovely beautiful city by the sea read more

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24th September 2020

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All really good! Not too overwhelming if moving away from home read more

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30th May 2020

Cost of living ca...

Cost of living can range but you can get very cheap flats. Cafes etc in Dundee are expensive even for sandwiches places can charge like £4. Dundee is very big for nights out. There are 2 shopping centres and then there's kingsway and a tkmaxx etc. There's bus links and trains. read more

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22nd April 2020

A great city wher...

A great city where everything is in close proximity and cost of living is much cheaper than other cities. read more

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member947470
22nd April 2020

As a city, it's p...

As a city, it's pretty good... a bit underrated I'd say. The shops are decent but not amazing. Food places are good and nights out are pretty decent. read more

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member446945
25th March 2020

Dundee is very ch...

Dundee is very cheap but 'you get what you pay for' ;) The city is dead and has nothing to offer. Low-quality night clubs where you can see people fighting all the time. Bars with just the cheapest beer and vodka. No music scene beside a rock in pubs and mainstream pop music in discotheques. The last real club has been closed a few months ago. The city during the weekend at night looks like a ghost town. Dundee is boring and depressing especially with all those homeless people on the streets. It's a city for old people, not students. Also, everything is far away. Jumping to Edinburgh or Glasgow for a night out is limited to a few night busses. Oh, and it's always very windy and cold here all year. Wind very often spoil even the most sunny summer day read more

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member745994
20th February 2020

As a whole it’s n...

As a whole it’s not too bad but if u like going out having fun with ur mates then Dundee isn’t really for you. There are only around 3 clubs in Dundee and they’re nothing compared to clubs in Glasgow or Edinburgh. read more

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member1345939
19th February 2020

Nothing much is h...

Nothing much is happening in Dundee. There's very little to say about it. read more

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member835525
22nd January 2019

crap because ther...

crap because there is nothing there in the whole bloody town read more

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member1233387
9th August 2018

Dundee, you reall...

Dundee, you really must avoid at all costs. The massive amount of money spent to regenerate this city would’ve been better spent on our failing public services. This town has a massive amount of dimwits every four years or so that come here to further their so called education , one would argue that the majority of them would’ve been fortunate to pass the11 plus. Our city fathers believe that Dundee will indeed be reborn with the likes of the new Victoria and Albert Museum. Bars and Restaurants alike to name but a few are tired , smelly and lack any quality of service , this gets no better as you head east to the so called posh suburb of Broughty Ferrty. Bars a plenty of which are at the very most average. Again most are manned by young immature staff with no formal training , the dimwits as previously mentioned , more interested in talking to pals abou whatthey got upto on Saturday night than paying any attention to the clientele. Although Broughty Ferry would like to believe read more

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Rachel M
29th July 2015

It costs quite a...

It costs quite a bit to live here but the fantastic nightlife and number of shops definitely make up for it. read more

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member410665
9th July 2015

As a city Dundee...

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. read more

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random2502
6th July 2015

Love Dundee, have...

Love Dundee, haven't left since graduating 2 years ago! read more

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member810452
6th July 2015

Best place for st...

Best place for students plenty of nightclubs, cinemas and places you can go and things you can do read more

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member910446
6th July 2015

Amazing city. Gre...

Amazing city. Great places to go eat. Nightlife is good. no need for public transport, we go everywhere walking. read more

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JennieDundee
6th July 2015

Great little city...

Great little city... reminds me of home but soooo much better! Love living here! read more

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member1210438
6th July 2015

Excellent locatio...

Excellent location. Easy access to both University and City Centre. Lots of places to eat and plenty of bars and nightclubs to enjoy the social life to a greater extent. read more

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member49777
3rd July 2015

Everything you ne...

Everything you need is central, lots of clubs and restaurants read more

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member129732
2nd July 2015

a bit small but p...

a bit small but perfect for student living- wouldnt stay afterwards! read more

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member59620
1st July 2015

Everything you ca...

Everything you can think of in one place, beautiful city, beautiful people, amazing nightlife, shopping heaven and amazing food! read more

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member91794
23rd April 2015

The cost of livin...

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 read more

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member102171
22nd April 2015

Great small town,...

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. read more

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member111949
22nd April 2015

Locals are a bit...

Locals are a bit hit and miss but the city and its people quickly grow on you. It's not the flashiest or the prettiest, but it's very loveable. read more

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member121715
21st April 2015

Such a great city...

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 :-) read more

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