As Scotland’s third most populous city, you won’t be short of partners in crime in Aberdeen. It’s got absolutely everything the modern student could want (as long as you don’t mind some seriously nippy weather – but that’s what coats are for!)

Every year thousands compete for places at both the University of Aberdeen – the fifth oldest in the UK, with over 400 first degree courses – and the prestigious Robert Gordon University. And with good reason! Known as The Granite City (or “Silver City with the Golden Sands” if you’re feeling particularly poetic) because of the sparkling, mica-rich granite that makes up the buildings, it’s not just Aberdeen’s infrastructure that glitters – the nightlife, culture and surroundings do some of the heavy lifting too.

From the world famous Science Centre, to the hidden gardens and hills (Tollohill has the undisputed best view of the city!), there’s an abundance of distractions for when you’re not cracking the books. The world famous Aberdeenshire coastline boasts spectacular beaches (why not learn to surf while you’re studying?), where you can actually see dolphins. Yes, dolphins! Or try Stonehaven Open Air Pool, said to be hotter than the Mediterranean and making all year outdoor swimming more than just a wistful dream.

Culturally, the birthplace of musicians Annie Lennox and Emeli Sandé has much to offer, hosting touring bands all year round at the famous Tunnels. It also has a thriving nightlife (as the birth of Brewdog and a pioneer of the craft beer movement, you’d expect nothing less) and multiple venues hosting touring plays, live comedy and more all year round.

Aberdeen also boasts fantastic retail choices, with no budget size left behind. Boasting five shopping centres (offering over 50 different brand flagship stores) and the ‘Granite Mile’ shopping street, it caters for high street lovers and vintage enthusiasts, as well as Rosemount – the perfect corner to spend a cosy day trawling independent shops for something truly unique for that special night out (or stumbling upon Aberdeen’s only dedicated cheese shop!). Find our student accommodation in Aberdeen below.

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