Student accommodation in Aberdeen

If you’re visiting Aberdeen with the hope of learning here, we welcome you with open arms! With a city buzz, vast open spaces and sea spray coming together as one, we hope you’ll be very happy here.

The University of Aberdeen, est. 1945, is one of the oldest English-speaking universities and in the UK Top 20 and World Top 200 universities. Robert Gordon University, est. 1729, is one of the UK’s top 10 universities for overall satisfaction and top in Scotland for employability. Gray’s School of Art is the top of its kind in the country, and the Aberdeen Royal Infirmiry site at Foresterhill is one of the largest integrated clinical, research, teaching and commercial health sites in Europe. Phew!

Living away from home for the first time, especially if in another city or country, can be extremely daunting. Food shopping, laundry and budgeting may come as a shock to the system for some, but the excitement of living independently, meeting new people and making new friends is a true high point.

With its entrepreneurial spirit and vast opportunities, Aberdeen is a magnet for people in the energy, life sciences, architecture, engineering, medicine and health industries, with flourishing chances for the creative industries. Nobel prize winners, award-winning scientists, writers, artists and sports champions all hail from our wee corner of the world!

In Aberdeen, you can enjoy the amazing food & drink experiences, a lively night scene of pubs, bars and clubs…and endless fresh air and stunning views to blow the cobwebs away the next day.

So, you’re looking for the best areas to stay in Aberdeen as a student? We’ve rounded up the top ten city-centre locations. Bear in mind, Aberdeen is well serviced by buses and plenty of bike routes, so you’ll easily get from your accommodation to university (via the shops, gym or pub!) with ease.

1. Rosemount

Centrally located to both the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee Campus, Rosemount is a vibrant area for students. With trendy and independent cafes, hairdressers and barbers and a launderette, it’s a short walk to Union Street and Union Square as well as green spaces such as Westburn Park.

2. Old Aberdeen

Embrace the historic charm of Old Aberdeen, the home of the University of Aberdeen. Think cobbled streets, medieval buildings and the iconic King’s College campus. Seaton Park and the Aberdeen University are here too, making it a thriving student area.

3. Union Street and King Street

King Street runs onto Union Street, creating a L-like shape. Both are brimming with shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment – and of course, bus links. Choose from modern apartments or traditional tenements. You’ll never run out of things to do!

4. Ferryhill

If you’re looking for a more peaceful location, Ferryhill is a leafy residential neighbourhood. Close to Duthie Park (check out the legendary talking cactus in the Winter Gardens!) and relaxing strolls along the River Dee, it’s also very close to the Robert Gordon’s Garthdee Campus in particular.

5. Pittodrie

Off King Street, close to Old Aberdeen and the Castlegate leading to Union Square, you’ll find many a Aberdonian’s favourite spot: Pittodrie. As a one-city football team, it’s red for the Dandy Dons in this area! With fantastic transport links, a close walk to the beach and the University of Aberdeen in particular, Pittodrie is a popular area for students and professionals alike.

6. Holburn

Popular with students due to its convenient location to RGU’s Garthdee Campus and Aberdeen city centre, Holburn has affordable accommodation a true student buzz. With a range of shops (including nearby supermarkets), cafes and pubs – everything is on your doorstep.

7. Kittybrewster & Berryden

North of Aberdeen city centre are neighbouring Kittybrewster and Berryden, offering affordable accommodation options and excellent transport links. You’ll find supermarkets and shops with each turn. Close to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI), Royal Cornhill Hospital and Aberdeen Sports Village, these areas offer a great base to call home.

8. Torry

Dubbed “a town within a city”, King James IV made Torry into a Burgh of Barony in 1495. Steeped in history, this area has true character and community. Once tarnished with a reputation, it boasts street art, epic food places and the Torry Battery (where you can often spot dolphins) Torry offers central and affordable student living.

9. Mastrick & Northfield

These areas are full of character and community spirit. Located in close proximity to the Institute of Dentistry, Woodend Hospital at Foresthill and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary it’s also near some lovely open green spaces including Cummings Park and Hazlehead Park. With affordable housing and great transport links, it makes a great area for students to live in.

10. Rose Street and George Street

Close to Union Street, Rose Street and George Street offer a vibrant and convenient location for students. You’re never far away from bars, restaurants and entertainment venues…oh and university transport links, of course. In fact, you’re almost a literal stone’s throw from George Street to the North East Scotland college!

So, as you can see, there’s ample choice for student accommodation in Aberdeen! Each area has its own unique selling point, from the historic charm of Old Aberdeen, the buzz of Rosemount, Holburn or city centre living, to the tranquility of Ferryhill. With convenient access to Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon’s University, the hospitals and colleges, there’s a rich cultural scene with something to do at each turn.

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