Student Life in Aberdeen

Located along Scotland’s north-east coast where the Dee and Don rivers meet, Aberdeen is rich in history and surrounded by stunning countryside.

A compact city, you can walk from the centre to the harbour in just a few minutes. As a student in Aberdeen, you will feel at home in no time as you enjoy beach days in the summer and soak in the city’s cobbled streets and cosy pubs in the colder months.

Campus life in Aberdeen

If campus life appeals to you, Aberdeen’s student life will not disappoint. Home to Robert Gordon University and its Garthdee Campus nestled in lush parkland along the River Dee, it boasts stunning views and a vibrant atmosphere.

With lots of meeting spaces on campus, the library, careers hub, student counselling and wellbeing centre and a number of places to grab a bite to eat, Garthdee Campus is a hive of activity. Located under three miles from Aberdeen city centre, students can jump on a bus and explore the city’s charms in no time. What’s more, all study facilities and schools are located on campus, giving it a real buzz.

Work hard, play hard

The student experience is all about working hard and playing hard. The perfect time in life to try new sports, and activities, students at RGU have the opportunity to get involved with the university’s wide array of sports clubs and societies, from well-known activities such as gymnastics and rugby to Celtic sports shinty, hurling and camogie. Societies on offer include ice skating, music and gaming to name just a few.

With plenty of social events organised by societies and sports clubs throughout the academic year, there is never a dull moment for students looking to let their hair down between exams. Student sports events in the city include the annual Boat Race which sees RGU take on Aberdeen University in a tense race along the River Dee.

Exploring the city by day

Aberdeen is a great city for those looking to get out and about during the day. The city’s Victorian Heritage Trail pinpoints a number of Aberdeen’s jewels such as Drum Castle and is a great way to get to know the city’s historical treasures. His Majesty’s Theatre is a stunning building not to be missed for lovers of the arts, while Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a great place to swot up on the city’s illustrated seafaring history.

If shopping is more up your street, head to Union Square in the city centre. A bustling shopping centre offering well-loved brands and a great selection of places to eat, it even houses a 10-screen cinema and holds various events throughout the year, such as the popular Jagerhaus which serves up German and English food during the Christmas period.