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THE UK: Destination Guides

Study destination: Aberdeen

Aberdeen is proven to be perfect for people looking for work or leisure as well as providing an excellent student lifestyle.


Being known as a city with a blend of staggering history, prosperous economy and a multicultural community, Aberdeen is proven to be perfect for people looking for work or leisure as well as providing an excellent student lifestyle.


Located in the North East of Scotland, Aberdeen is home to 220,000 people with over 20,000 students. The city has been given many names over the years, such as The Granite City due to the local pale stone which decorates so many of its beautiful buildings. Some other names include the oil capital of Europe and the Dallas of Britain.


Aberdeen is  an attractive and student-friendly city to live, with green parks and open spaces. The city is considered big enough for the ‘big city' experience but compact enough to make it easy to find your way around and make friends. The local crime rates are also one of lowest in the country.


Despite being almost in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the wildness of the Grampian highlands, Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. Aberdeen University dates back to 1495 and students mingle happily with the hardy kilt-wearing locals (ok, well perhaps they don’t wear traditional dress all the time, but we like to think they do).



On the entertainment front, Aberdeen will not disappoint you, not matter what your taste is in the arts, culture or leisure sectors. His Majesty's Theatre regularly attracts national and international artists and companies, three cinema multiplexes offers the latest cinematic productions,  and the Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum are always opening doors to new visitors. Aberdeen always has so much going on!


Additionally, the city really lights up with a brilliant nightlife scene. While you’ll also be likely to pick up some student deals, the music scene includes regular major tours by the biggest names around and an extensive blend of venues and dance floors promote the home-grown talent.


Other Activities

Aberdeen offers the best of both worlds with the coast and mountains both in its vicinity. You could be windsurfing or sailing in the morning and skiing or hill-climbing in the afternoon! Football fans also have a lot to cheer about, being around a prestigious football team like Aberdeen F.C.



Some Interesting facts about Aberdeen

  • The city enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
  • Craigievar Castle in Aberdeen was the model for Walt Disney’s fairy-tale castles.
  • It is the UK's second most competitive location to do business in.
  • Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom contest a record 10 times!
  • It’s home to Scotland's largest permanent funfair.
  • Prince William has studied in Aberdeen.

Some of the best institutions in Aberdeen:

·         University of Aberdeen

·         Robert Gordon University

·         Aberdeen College


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