Top Reasons to Attend University in Aberdeen
- Population 223,000
- Student population 30,000
Known as the energy capital of Europe and the Granite City, Aberdeen is a prosperous, cosmopolitan city with an international population and a booming oil and gas industry. It is Scotland's third largest city and home to Scotland's third oldest university, yet it is still compact enough to get around on foot. The city boasts fine architecture and museums, fascinating history, a wealth of art and culture and a lively social scene. Visitors can chill-out in flower-filled parks – Aberdeen is 13 times winner of Britain in Bloom – and the city has its own golden sandy beach. With a large student population, Aberdeen caters to all tastes in culture, leisure and entertainment. Royal Deeside, the Cairngorms National Park and a stunning coastline are all on the doorstep.
- Local bus services are plentiful and student passes are available. However, short distances mean that walking or cycling are reliable alternatives.
- Aberdeen is 490 miles from London. Direct rail services link Aberdeen and London, including a sleeper service. The journey takes around 8 hours.
- Aberdeen is served by its own airport providing an extensive network of routes throughout the UK, direct to Europe and worldwide through major hubs. Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton are just over an hour's flight time at fares from £50 return.
- Fast coach services link Aberdeen with the UK's major cities. Competitive return fares, using Travelcard schemes, make coach travel popular with students.
- Ferries travel to Orkney and Shetland from Aberdeen.
Attractions for students
- Sports enthusiasts are well catered for with swimming pools, the largest bowling alley in Scotland, 11 golf courses and a Premier League football team.
- The hinterland offers opportunities for skiing, sailing, windsurfing, hill climbing, canoeing and most other outdoor activities.
Culture and nightlife
- There are three cinemas showing all the usual latest releases. His Majesty's Theatre plays host to drama, ballet, opera and musicals whilst the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, the Lemon Tree, the Music Hall and the Exhibition and Conference Centre are the venues for other major musical events.
- There is an enviable selection of eating establishments, pubs and clubs.
- The City Art Gallery has an excellent collection of fine and applied art, and the Arts Centre has a small gallery for contemporary arts and crafts. The Maritime Museum, Marischal Museum (closed for renovation), Provost Skene's House and Stratosphere hands-on science museum are all worth a visit.
- The city offers a compact and accessible shopping experience, while still housing the major brands and some unique retailers to the country.
- Union Square is a £250-million retail and leisure destination opened in 2009.
- Aberdeen's famous Granite Mile, Union Street, is the gateway to over 800 shops, restaurants and bars. The city is home to the largest Next store in the country situated in the Bon Accord Centre and an Apple store is located in the in the new Union Square development.
Proximity to the city centre
- University of Aberdeen: King's College about 1 mile north of the city; Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is a 10-minute bus journey.
- The Robert Gordon University: based at Garthdee, is about 2 miles south of the city, with a smaller site in the city centre.
Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.