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About Aberdeen

Scotland’s Third Largest City

Welcome to Aberdeen, Scotland’s third largest city. Aberdeen is a connected and cosmopolitan place, ideal for those looking for an exciting place to live and explore whilst they study at University.

Aberdeen, our sparkling granite city

Aberdeen is the happiest city in the UK to live and work in thanks to factors including a low crime rate, a high quality of life and an average monthly salary greater than the UK average (Shawbrook Bank 2021). This is a forward-looking city with investments worth more than £10billion in the pipeline to be injected in education, culture, growth and prosperity.

Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, celebrated for its proximity to the sea and its famous sparkling architecture. With more than 25,000 students, living and studying in Aberdeen means you will be part of an energetic and student-friendly city.

As a student in Aberdeen you can enjoy foodie and drink experiences, a lively nightlife scene, opportunities for outdoor adventure, year-round festivals and events, inspiring art galleries and interesting museums. In addition to Aberdeen’s mile-long beach, you can explore parks and gardens and picture-perfect old towns.

In nearby Aberdeenshire, there’s the chance to venture further into our wild outdoors, explore beautiful beaches, colourful coastal villages and impressive castles.

“What I love about Aberdeen is how social everyone is. Having a lot of different places to go with friends.” - Oliva, RGU Student

Our city is safe too; in fact Aberdeen has retained its Purple Flag status for the city’s evening and night-time economy for the 10th year in a row, and is in the top 10 UK cities for desirability demonstrating that we are a vibrant, diverse and safe city (QS Best Student Cities 2024). Aberdeen is also 1st in the UK for affordability thanks to our lower living costs (QS Best Student Cities 2023).

Less than 3 hours from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, Aberdeen is well connected to the rest of Scotland, and is globally connected through Aberdeen International Airport.

We look forward to welcoming you to our sparkling city soon.

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