Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Percent of Women: 46%
Tuition (One Year): £1,820 (SAAS funded for Scottish Students), £9,000 (for rest of UK students).
Most popular Majors: Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Education
Greek Life: No
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/admissions-policy.php
Why Choose Aberdeen?
'I loved the old feel to the University, the beautiful quad and cobbled streets mixed with the new buidlings such as the Library'
'There is such a nice mix of old and new at Aberdeen. The University is in the Old Aberdeen section of the city and it is pretty!'
'There was such a relaxed vibe on campus, all the students live in that area. It felt really safe and close knit'
'I loved the gym and library areas. The new development on Campus is what makes it really unique. Very few Scottish Universities have been building as many new facilities as Aberdeen has. The new aquatics centre is one thing I am very excited for.'
'I decided to come to Aberdeen because I wanted to move away from home and wanted to move somewhere that was big enough that it still provided everything I was used to having in Edinburgh but it was small enough that I wouldn't feel lost and I'd know my way around.'
'The University of Aberdeen put on a fantastic open day and really made you feel involved in the whole University. They were also ranked pretty highly for my degree subject, Law, so this was a factor!'
'Aberdeen is very unique in its mix of Campus life and City life, you feel like you are in a small town while on Campus but are within walking distance to one of the major Scottish cities and all the perks of city life.'
'My favourite aspect of Aberdeen University is the gym and sports facilities. We have an olympic standard gymnasium, amazing indoor and outdoor athletic tracks and astroturf pitches. As students we also have access to loads of great exercise classes for free. It's a great study break!'
'The library is definitely one of the best features at Aberdeen. It is a great, relaxed study environment with everything you need! It can be very busy during exam periods but I guess that is just a sign of how important it is to University life.'
'The library is award winning and I think we are extremely lucky to have such an excellent academic resource. In my school the teachers are all extremely helpful and I feel supported and know who I could talk to if I needed help with my academics.'
'Granite City Challenge is definitely my favourtie tradition at Uni, every year we beat our rivals Robert Gordons! If we don't it's definitely just a fluke!'
'What makes most me proud of being an Aberdeen University Student is the long tradition that comes with being the third oldest Univeristy in Scotland.'
'The wide-range and welcoming nature of the clubs and societies here at Aberdeen makes the University all that more interesting and diverse for us. There is always something new to try and new people to meet.'
'The weather definitely needs improvement. It's far too grey'.
'The weather could definitely do with some improvement but at leas there's plenty of places to hang out campus. All with the heating turned way up!'
'We have our exams after Christmas which can be a real pain for studying. No one wants to study on Chrismas Day! But at least that's all changing soon.'
'Only one of the University buildings is open after midnight all year round, so late night cramming can get pretty busy.'
'Deadlines all seem to come at once, they need to communicate more between schools so all our essays aren't in the same week!'
'The library can sometimes turn into a social scene- which can be good to some extent, but sometimes I just want to go to the library, sit quietly and get work done!'
New Collegiette on Campus
'Due to the small nature of Aberdeen Campus, it was easy to find our way around almost straight away. And if you got lost at least people were very helpful in showing us around!'
'The societies fayre in Fresher's week was amazing! All the extracurriculars you could want to sign up for were in one place. And all the current members were so friendly. It gave you faith you would find a great group of friends and teammates. There are so many clubs it would honestly be hard not to fit in here!'
'Living in halls with all your friends means you find yourself having fun almost 24/7, often in bizarre ways. We once watched so many scary films that we couldn't sleep alone so instead created a six man bed in the hallway and slept there.'
'The Fresher's Week that was prepared for us was great, they laid on buses so you were never stranded on a night out. They also organised club nights so that you and all your friends would all end up in the same place.'
'The first year halls at Hillhead student village and self-catered Crombie and Johnston were like a huge community. It is just accommodation for first years so it meant everyone was on the same page with wanting to meet people, go to parties and explore the city.'
'It is easy to get to know the older girls on campus through the clubs and societies but the University scene very much establishes the first years as 'freshers' or newbies. This may seem daunting but is usually great fun! At least for one year...'
All About Academics
‘The advising is pretty good, in helping you select your subjects and electives at the beginning of the year. However, it is often difficult to have regular correspondence with your advisor throughout the term. Unless there is a serious issue, then they are known to be incredibly helpful!'
'We are so lucky that we are allowed to take subject outside of our degree discipline as electives in our first and second years. In first year you only have two compulsory subjects but take eight so the choices are endless. This is great for opening up your eyes to other possibilities and helps you make sure you have definitely picked the correct subject.'
'Especially in your final honours years class time is often reduced to as little as 8 hours a week, so you spend most of your life in the library. Because of this there is a lot of emphasis on personal study and constant essays throughout the year.'
'The exam diets take place in January and May, however the University, due to popular demand, are changing the first set of exams to before Christmas break. This should make the first semester even more stressful but the Christmas holidays even more worth it!'
'The Uni places emphasis on teaching you all aspects of academic skills throughout your four years. It is not pigeon-holed, but instead they teach you essay writing, research, presenting, group work and exam preparation in order to give you a fuller experience of University academic life.'
'The relationship you develop with your tutors and professors however is often very limited due to the minimal teaching time and large classes. There is a sense of being left, for the most part, to your own devices.'
Learn From The Best
'There is just so much history and tradition at the University of Aberdeen. Being the third oldest University in Scotland we have a long lineage of incredibly interesting and clever people to learn from.'
'No matter where you walk around campus you are aware of the people who came before you. There are buildings dedicated to successful alumni, old and new, and monuments to many of their achievements. You really get a sense of the importance you could play in the constant development of this incredible institution.'
'The current professors and lecturers are great! I feel like no matter what subject or class I am in my professor seems to have written the textbook for the course.'
'Our students and lecturers alike are pulled to Aberdeen from all across the world meaning we really do get the best of all worlds here at Aberdeen. I have learnt so much about so many different cultures and countries.'
'Aberdeen have been awarded over the years four Nobel prizes for research carried out or begun here at the University so we are definitely doing something right! Research is still a hugely important part of what the University is currently working on.'
'I had an English lecturer who was amazing, he knew all the poems off by heart and would walk around the lecture theatre dramatically reciting them with his eyes closed. It felt less like a boring class and more like an informative story-time!'
Interests & Involvement
'University of Aberdeen is one of the best places to choose if you’re an avid… anything really! There’s a club for everybody!'
'If you were the star of the first eleven at school or the stud of the first fifteen you can continue your sporting stardom by joining the university hockey or rugby teams!'
If your interests lean more toward the creative then Aberdeen has clubs for you too; there’s the well-known Creative Writing society or Photography society for you to indulge your inner Wilde or Leibowitz on a weekly basis. There are also a multitude of charitable societies to join at the uni as well.'
'Whether you want to climb Machu Pichu with the friends you make with the Childreach International society, or keep campus healthy by joining the Veggie Society Aberdeen has it all!'
“Joining societies really helps with your integration into the uni, especially in first year”!
“I always look forward to the weekly meetings, not to mention the nights out and TOUR”!
“If you’re thinking about joining a society then do it! It’s definitely the best way to make friends on campus”.
'When it comes to supporting our team, Aberdeen Uni goes hard! Whether you’re standing in the rain cheering for one of our many sports teams or, well, standing in the rain supporting Aberdeen in the annual Granite City Challenge (RGWho?) you will never be alone, nor will you be the loudest.'
'Students at the uni always come out and support their representatives. Prepare your ears and your liver, because win or lose the University of Aberdeen won’t do it quietly… or soberly.'
“What’s great about the Granite City Challenge is that it’s a really great event which showcases the sporting talent that Aberdeen has to offer, and thrown in with a bit of friendly rivalry with our city’s neighbouring university makes it all the more fun”!
“Standing in the middle of a crowd, cheering on your team makes you truly feel part of something special”.
With a student population of about 16,000 and a male to female ratio of 46:54, Aberdeen Uni is pretty balanced. However, Her Campus Aberdeen is the only EXCLUSIVELY female run, non-sport society on campus. What an accolade!
'Men and women mix well at University, many societies, which are made up of just men or just women, mix weekly on nights out or at socials.'
“I’ve never noticed an imbalance between men and women on campus”
“We all mix on/off campus and in classes, so I’ve never felt underrepresented or invisible to the university”
'The all female sports teams are really popular and are a great way to make a fantastic new group of girl friends!'
'I can't wait for Her Campus to really take off in Aberdeen. We need a really good society for girls here that's what Aberdeen is missing!'
Food & Drink
'Eating on campus is pretty easy and inexpensive. The best place to get lunch or breakfast is from The Hub. Downstairs there is the Tiki Café where you can grab a quick coffee before class, a Subway and the Hub shop, which is stocked with sandwiches, crisps, sweeties and juice all for a pretty reasonable price.'
Upstairs of the hub has branded, hot food from Old El Paso, Chicago Town Pizza and Baskin Robbins; as well as Roots the University’s own Vegan/Vegetarian choice and Traditional Grub, which sells comfort foods like Macaroni Cheese or Fish and Chips'
'There are also great off campus staples like Grub, the sandwich shop which keeps us students streaming in and out all day due to their reasonably priced (and unbelievably delicious) crepes, Panini’s and baguettes.'
“I always go to The Hub for lunch between classes, I live for the wedges at Old El Paso”
“Having a Subway is fab, we can just grab our favourite and go without having to worry about not liking anything”
“I think we have a good amount of options for eating on campus thanks to The Hub, but I’m a sucker for a Grub Panini. Just can’t help myself! ”
Oh boy. Strap yourself in for this one. Aberdeen city is known for its nightlife and the rowdy revelers that crowd the streets! When it comes to clubs there is really only one place where you know all your friends will be midweek, and that place is the heaven/hell that we know as Institute.
'Institute is the official sponsor for Aberdeen University societies and the best night out! It is the only place to be on a Wednesday night.'
'Institute may be crawling with intoxicated rugby boys (literally), screaming hockey girls, dancing riders and everybody in between but LiqWED is the best night of the week. There are of course other options though; there is the ‘classy’ Nox or the more casual Garage which both offer fab nights out as well.'
‘The city center has great bars; if beer is your thing then check out Six degrees North or Brew Dog which both offer tasting racks of artisanal and craft beers.’
‘If you’re working on a SAAS budget, then there’s always Paramount or Jam Jar which both offer Vodka mixers at rock bottom prices, both are packed midweek and are a great place for a laugh or to see everybody you’ve ever met!’
‘If cocktails are more your things then check out Amicus Apple, Vodka Revolution or Orchid, both are a bit more expensive than a student bar’
‘None of the bars charge more than what the drinks and atmosphere of the bars are worth. Vodka Rev offers 50% off cocktails when you purchase one of their student discount cards.’
University of Aberdeen offers both catered and non-catered accommodation to first year students. The most luxurious halls of residence can be found in New Carnegie Court, which is located in the Hillhead Student Village. NCC offers five bedroom flats, there is a communal living room / kitchen, and each double bedroom has an ensuite; they are non-catered. There are three other sets of halls at Hillhead, all non-catered. The student village has a small shop, bar and a regular bus that leaves every ten minutes to town and through the university.
'Hillhead is great as it is located a 10/15 minute walk through Seaton Park from campus – so there’s no excuse for missing lectures!'
'Crombie and Johnston halls are so good! And located on campus right across from Kings College, and are both catered. Most of us The Hub for evening meals.'
'No matter where you live, Halls are where you will make your best friends at university – guaranteed!'
“Living in non-catered halls gave me more choices about what and when I ate. I also learned that burning pasta is a real thing”.
“Catered halls gives you more time to study because you’re not worrying about what to cook, it also saves money because you don’t have to set aside precious pennies for a Tesco shop each month”.
“I loved cooking with my flatmates every night at NCC, it brought us closer and gave us time to catch up on each other’s days”.
‘The great bus service in Aberdeen makes getting around super easy!’
'If it’s a nice day the city is small enough that you can walk pretty much everywhere!’
'If you want to take a break from the granite then you could take a stroll down Aberdeen beach or wander round one of the city’s many parks and green spaces.’
‘The shopping in Aberdeen is quite good. Aberdeen has all of the usual shops like Topshop, Zara, TK Maxx, New Look etc. as well as having more upmarket choices like Cruise, Joules and Cath Kidston.’
‘There are three shopping centers in town, but the biggest and best is Union Square which houses a Cineworld cinema, the Apple store, MAC cosmetics, the bus and train stations, Marks and Spencer and loads of restaurants. Most shops and restaurants offer a 10% or 15% student discount, so everything is affordable! ‘
HC's Complete College Guide: University Of Aberdeen
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