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While you are waiting to arrive in Aberdeen and move in to your new student accommodation at Robert Gordon University, take a look at our weekly posts to help you start planning. New information will be added each week to keep you on track.
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Spotlight on...Getting here
It’s time to pack your bags – arrivals week is here! Here is our last minute reminder of key points to make sure your arrival goes as smoothly as possible.
Spotlight on...Freshers' Events
With just over a week to go until our first weekend arrivals start, our ResLife team and RGU:Union have been busy putting together a programme of activities for your first few weeks in Aberdeen.
ResLife welcome events are now available to book online!!! Events include Trampolining, Ice Skating, Cinema screening, Games Night, Acoustic Night, trips around the area and not forgetting our Big Battle Bash where we invite you to compete against University of Aberdeen for honour and virtue. Events are open to all (no age restrictions) and can be booked via www.fb.com/rgureslife
RGU:Union have also organised a jam-packed schedule of events between 9 and 23 September with DJ sets, theme parties, club nights and much more. Wristbands are available to purchase now.
TechFest 2017 – if you have an interest in STEMs subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) then make sure you check the programme of events for TechFest 2017 which will still be running when you arrive. A diverse range of lectures, activities and presentations is on offer and well worth a look.
Spotlight on...Accommodation Induction
We have sent out an email with your link for the online induction to your accommodation.
This is a short but important introduction to your new accommodation. Once you have completed the induction, you will be able to book your arrival slot and print the key release form.
- Arrival slots - The arrival slots are not limited so there is no rush to book in and you are not restricted to only arriving at that time. They help us work out how many staff we need on-site during the arrivals period so don’t worry if you are held up or change your plans.
- Key Release Form – you must make sure you print this out and bring it with you as it confirms you are authorised to get your room keys.
- Passport sized photograph – you must bring one of these with you when you arrive as you won’t be able to collect your keys without it. It needs to be passport sized but does not have to meet the same strict regulations. We just need to be able to recognise you. If you are staying at Spring Gardens or Trinity Court then you can bring photographic ID instead.
Top Tip: Your key release form also acts as a handy “On the Road” guide for travel directions and contact details when you are on your way here.
Spotlight on…Getting to know your local area
If you want to read up in advance of your arrival, About Aberdeen tells you everything you need to know about the city of Aberdeen.
Our ResLife team will be organising walking tours of the local area around your accommodation on Saturday 9 September and Saturday 16 September which will be free to join. If you miss them, we recommend taking a walk around your neighbourhood during your first few days to figure out the locations of cash machines, food shops and where to buy that emergency pint of milk.
Top Tip: The welcome pack in your bedroom on arrival will contain information about your area and we are busy working on a map that you will be able to put up in your bedroom to show you the key points of interest.
Spotlight on…Getting around
Aberdeen is best described as a compact city – it is easy to get to the city centre and to the university campus whichever of our sites you are staying at.
First Bus operate bus services 1, 1a and 2 which run between the top of King Street, along Union Street and down Holburn Street to the University campus. You can purchase student tickets once you have enrolled and obtained your RGU Student card.
Top Tip: Remember you will need exact change if buying a ticket on the bus or you can use your contactless credit or bank card. You can also use Apply Pay or Android Pay..
Like all urban areas, driving during rush hour will take you longer and there are limited parking options near to campus so alternative transport is recommended. The campus is close to the Old Deeside Railway line for an easy cycle route.
Top Tip: RGU:Go Green society offer bike hire if you don’t want to bring your own.
However you choose to travel, Aberdeen is a safe place to live. It has been voted the second safest city in the UK.
Aberdeen has also been awarded the Purple Flag for 4 years in a row, reflecting the city’s commitment to a safe and secure night life.
Spotlight on…Getting to know your accommodation
Your rent includes wifi, basic contents insurance, communal cleaning and gas and electric. *Craigievar Development includes wifi and insurance only.
If you are staying at Ramsay or Craigievar Developments or Trinity Court, there is a washing machine in your flat. All other sites have a communal laundry room with washing machines and dryers available for a charge.
Parking is available for residents at all sites although it is very limited at Craigievar and Ramsay Developments and you will need to pay for a permit at all sites except Crathie, Trinity Court, Craigievar and Ramsay. If you haven’t already sorted out your parking permits, get in touch with site staff.
Top Tip: GoGreen, part of RGU:Union, will be running a free shop from Kaim Cottage, situated on campus, that’s full of handy household items and clothing, all donated by past students. Why not drop by to see what they have and save yourself some money, and help the environment too - everything is free to a good home!
Spotlight on...The Nitty Gritty
Our site information sheets will tell you more about your accommodation.
We have updated these based on feedback from previous students.
We've included information to describe the flats and rooms in more detail to help you know what to expect:
- what floor your flat will be on and whether there is a lift
- what is provided in your flat
- how much storage space you get
- what communal facilities there are
Please note that bed sizes vary between accommodation sites and this information is on each site information sheet.
Top Tip – There is limited fridge/freezer space as you will need to share it with your flatmates so don’t bulk buy before you have arrived!
Spotlight on...Top Tips
Here are some top tips from our students.
Tip 1: Use our “Getting Ready for Halls” checklist to start thinking about what to bring with you. Start to collect the things you want to take with you from home but remember you don’t have to bring everything with you as there are plenty of shops in Aberdeen.
Tip 2: Chat with your flatmates about sharing the cost of communal items. A full list of what is included in your accommodation can be found in our site information sheets including the size of your bed – essential when sorting out your bedding!
Tip 3: None of our accommodation sites includes towels or bedding. You can pre-order these at Unikitout and you can get a 10% discount by using RGU17. Order before 9am on Monday 4 September to get your items delivered to your room ready for your arrival – handy if you are arriving out of hours or just want less stuff to carry.
Tip 4: Any orders placed with Unikitout will be in your room ready for your arrival and other parcels may be accepted depending on where you are staying. Non-perishable items only (so no food parcels), and deliveries are at your own risk so please do not send anything irreplaceable. The site information sheets will state whether you can send parcels early and list the delivery address to use.
Tip 5: If friends and family are helping you to move, remember that overnight guests are not allowed in your flat between 9 and 23 September so they’ll need to organise somewhere else to stay if necessary.
Tip 6: We provide a welcome pack in your room with useful information and a few small items to help you get settled in when you first arrive. Included in the pack is a free giff gaff sim card included in the welcome pack in case you were planning to order one. You will have to wait until you get here to discover the rest of the contents.
Spotlight on...Getting to know your flatmates
This is the first of our weekly posts with all the information you need to start planning for your new adventure in Aberdeen! We surveyed students who stayed in halls this year, asking them what information they wanted to know before they arrived and we will be using their feedback to keep you informed and prepared for September.
Students tell us that they really want to know in advance who they will be sharing their new accommodation with. We have created a Facebook group just for students who have applied for accommodation with RGU – we would encourage you to join it and meet your flatmates and neighbours. This is a closed group so only your fellow students will be in the group. You can join even if you have a conditional or insurance offer, as long as you have made an application to RGU for your accommodation.
Also, if you haven’t already, give our official Accommodation Page a like to keep up to date with news and information
We would be happy to help with any queries you have.
- Use the Chat button on the bottom of this page
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call +44 (0) 1224 262130
We look forward to meeting you!
The RGU: ResLife team supports your time in student accommodation and beyond, with Residence Assistants providing out-of-hours care and a Community team helping residents to integrate socially.