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Access RGU Applicants


Access RGU Applicants

ACCESS RGU coordinates a range of activities that provide support and guidance for applicants from under-represented groups.

RGU is committed to widening participation to extend access to learning and enable talented individuals from under-represented groups, particularly those from deprived areas, to achieve their ambitions through higher education, whatever their circumstances. This includes 1-1 advice and guidance, by phone and email, throughout the application stage through to enrolment.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to receive additional financial assistance and support.


As part of our continued commitment to widening access to Scottish students, we encourage applications from applicants living within a SIMD20 postcode. Eligible applicants will be able to apply for free accommodation for their first year of study.

The free accommodation offer is for eligible full-time undergraduate students that live out-with Aberdeen City, and is only available for standard single rooms in our Woolmanhill flats. Alternatively, we also offer a discount on the following accommodation:

  • Woolmanhill Flats (En-Suite Room) – 25% discount
  • Woolmanhill Flats (Double Room) – 25% discount
  • Crathie Student Village, Garthdee Towers and Ramsay Development – 25% discount

Free accommodation will be offered over 37 weeks.

Care experience students are guaranteed 365 days of accommodation if required, should you wish to extend the standard lease of 37 weeks,  please contact in the first instance to find out more.

RGU is also committed to supporting applicants who have been looked after, either in residential care, foster care, or kinship care, and we offer a 20% discount for all University accommodation for their first year of study. 

Care experienced students will be able to apply for 52 week accommodation. 

All offers are subject to availability. 

Travel Support

Applicants from under-represented groups who attend Applicant Days, Visit Afternoons, or Selection Visits, are eligible to claim back a proportion of their travel costs from the ACCESS RGU Travel Support Fund.

Eligible applicants are contacted at the point of their application and provided with information on how to make a claim.

Welcome Packs

We distribute free ACCESS RGU Enrolment Support Packs at the start of the first semester to eligible students. Eligible students will be contacted in advance of enrolment with detailed information on where and when the pack can be collected on campus. Packs are typically distributed during enrolment week, and usually consist of:

  • Free Bus pass for the first 3 months of your academic year
  • Grocery Vouchers
  • Blackwell’s book vouchers
  • Stationery Pack
  • Course material vouchers (only applicable to Gray’s School of Art or Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment students)


Applicants who meet our widening access criteria will also be invited to apply for an ACCESS RGU Scholarship.

These scholarships have been made available through the generosity of our donor companies and are accessible to students who demonstrate academic merit, motivation and ambition.

As well as financial commitment, the scholarships will include tailored support from ACCESS RGU and the Study Skills Team.

Check if you qualify

Check if you qualify as a widening access applicant and live in an SIMD20 postcode (Quintile 1), on the Scottish Government's website:

  • In Map Chooser, select 2016
  • In Map Chooser, select Most Deprived 20%
  • In Area Finder, enter your postcode

If your home is in a SIMD20 area it will display in red.


If you’re unsure whether you are eligible for support, or if you have any other questions, please contact us on 01224 263048 or email

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