Things to do
Aberdeen is a lively, student-friendly city with plenty to keep you busy when you’re not attending lectures or studying for your degree. Spend your downtime exploring the city as you visit our old towns, head to our golden beach, try out our foodie and drink experiences, or enjoy our vibrant culture at live events, art galleries and museums.
Thanks to our position in Scotland the opportunity for outdoor adventure in Aberdeen and nearby Aberdeenshire is vast too. Try surfing city centre waves, paddle boarding through sea coves, bagging Munros in the Cairngorms National Park, hitting the slopes at Snowsports Centres or even conquering challenging cycling terrains.
In Aberdeenshire there are miles of beautiful beaches and colourful coastal villages to be discovered. You can also venture deep into our majestic countryside and see pretty epic mountainscapes and serene Lochs.
Have you heard that Aberdeenshire is even known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country’? This is because of the 263 enchanting castles and manor houses that were once here, many of which you can still explore today. You might recognise the epic Dunottar Castle, a dramatic castle ruin just 20 minutes from RGU. Or arguably the most famous castle in Scotland, Balmoral Castle – the Scottish holiday home of the British Royal Family. Craigievar Castle is even said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s fairy-tale Cinderella Castle.
And when it comes to film famous locations, you can visit those too. In fact, The Crown, The Dark Knight Rises, The Queen, Mary Queen of Scots, Peaky Blinders and Victor Frankenstein all filmed scenes in locations across Aberdeenshire.
Food and drink
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are well-known for quality local produce including fresh seafood, Aberdeen Angus Beef, game, whisky and craft beer. There’s every chance to get a taste of the place when you’re studying here with food and drink experiences on offer throughout the region.
Check out the foodie trucks located along Aberdeen Beach, tuck into fresh seafood by the coast, catch up with friends at a city centre cafe, tuck into delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes or even join an organised foodie tour.
Our city centre is alive with nightlife too. Visit bars with live music, lively nightclubs, stylish cocktail bars, traditional Scottish pubs and you can even check out a micro gin distillery.
We’re home to well-loved food producers too; Brewdog and Mackie’s of Scotland were both created in Aberdeenshire and have city centre spots when you can try their local produce – this includes Brewdog’s first ever and now, flagship bar.
Expect to be entertained all year round in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as you celebrate our rich local culture and see famous faces live on stage.
P&J Live, our state-of-the-art events complex welcomes a host of famous musicians, bands, dance acts, comedians, sporting events and exhibitions; whilst West End shows take the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre. There’s also the chance to catch live performances in our reimagined Music Hall, intimate Lemon Tree and quirky Blue Lamp venue.
Experience our renowned Highland Games during the summer months, and choose festivals to attend that celebrate a range of themes including food, drink, arts, winter, comedy, dance and local heritage. Read more about some of our most popular events.
What are you waiting for? Your Aberdeen student adventure starts right here.