Whisky, dolphins and black gold; a guide to student life in Aberdeen

  • Notable Residents

    (past & present)

    Annie Lennox (Singer)
    Lord Byron (Poet)
    Emeli Sandé (Singer)

  • Population: 222,793

    • About Aberdeen

      Far on the north east coast of Scotland lies one of the UK’s oldest and most exciting university cities.

      Aberdeen, host to both the University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University, offers a perfect combination of culture and countryside for the student community. With highland moors to one side and the Oil-rich North Sea to the other, Aberdeen is the ‘oil capital of Europe’, and this has led to the city’s populace benefitting from the cosmopolitan influx such a status brings. 

      Nicknamed the ‘Granite city’ due to the beautiful Granite architecture that dominates parts of Old Aberdeen and the city centre, Aberdeen and the surrounding areas are home to over half of Scotland’s whiskey distilleries... which any student worth their salt (or loan) will make it a must to visit these sites distilling the world famous ‘Scottish water of life’. 

       With almost one in ten of the population being a student, their influence means the city has enough entertainment, fashion and contemporary culture to keep the cool kids happy, and the beautiful Cathedrals, historic architecture and mountainous backdrop provide a majestic setting for the student population in one of Scotland’s most important centres of industry and heritage.

      Points of Interest

      Map Key

      • City Centre
      • The Robert Gordon University
      • The University of Aberdeen


      Student Accomodation in Aberdeen

      Nearby Universities

      Interesting Facts

      • Not only known as the Granite city, Aberdeen is also known as the city of bon accord - meaning goodwill and friendship

      • Aberdeen is the Oil Capital of Europe

      • The fastest ever sailing boat, the Thermopylae, was built in Aberdeen in the late 1800s