Aberdeen is a vibrant and multicultural city, home to a population of over 220,000, including 20,000 students. It is rich in culture, with a range of museums, art galleries, cinemas and concert venues.
There are five shopping centres (including the brand new Union Square centre) with a wide range of well known shops, as well as boutiques, shops selling locally-produced goods and an international street market held at various times throughout the year. Hundreds of local events are organised throughout the year by the Council, event partners and the community. The Granite (or Silver) City is also very green, with a range of parks and open spaces close to the city centre.