Revealed: Where students should live in Aberdeen
Studying at the University of Aberdeen or Robert Gordon University? Whichever you’ve chosen, Aberdeen has a great range of areas you can call home. If you’re already living in Aberdeen but feel like you’ve only just scratched the surface, here’s a rundown of the best places the city has to offer in each of its unique neighbourhoods.
In the centre of Aberdeen, there’s no shortage of entertainment and dining options. If you’re living in or near the heart of the city, you can eat, drink and be merry within a square mile of your accommodation. That’s certainly the case if you’re living at Liberty House – Rosemount, which is just a 12-minute walk from Belmont Street, where you’ll find Slain’s Castle (a former church-turned-pub) and Belmont Filmhouse (the city’s arthouse cinema). Shopping on nearby Union Street is second to none, and if you’re thirsty and love craft beer, Aberdeen’s BrewDog bar is a must – oh, but don’t forget to study! Convenient transport links will get you to campus.
Overlooking the open sea, Footdee is a real gem. Originally a fishing village known locally as Fittie, it feels a world away from the city centre - but it’s actually just a 15-minute walk! If you’re living in central Aberdeen, Footdee’s a place you can truly get away from it all - and jump back into city life whenever you like. Enjoy a hot meal at the local Fittie Bar (just a 20-minute bus ride away if you live at Liberty House – St Peters) and watch the ships come and go at the docks. The beam from Girdleness Lighthouse is switched on every evening and you can always hear the sound of the waves. Bliss…
If sport’s your thing, you’re in the right place living near Pittodrie - the home ground for Aberdeen Football Club - which is just a 10-minute walk from Liberty House – St Peters, or a 10-minute bus ride from Liberty House – Don Street. Kings Links Golf Course is just across from the stadium, on the aptly named Golf Road, and is just a 15-minute stroll from Liberty House – St Peters. Better yet, you’re never far from the beach in this part of town, where you can round off a game of (insert your favourite sport here) with a run along the pier, or an outdoor aerial assault course at Transition Extreme.
Rosemount is as nice as it sounds, offering green spaces such as Westburn Park and a convenient mid-point between both universities. Aberdeen’s motto, ‘Bon accord’ (meaning ‘Good agreement’ in French), is shared by nearby shopping centre, Bon Accord & St Nicholas. The centre is home to over 70 shops - good news for shopaholics and foodies! Got an insatiable sweet tooth? Then head to Humbug, a vintage candy shop at Rosemount Place, where jars of sugary classics fill the shelves. It’s just a seven-minute walk from Liberty House – Rosemount (and a great spot to reward yourself after all that revision).
With ancient architecture and a cobbled high street – not to mention great local delicacies – life in Old Aberdeen feels idyllic. Try J G Ross Bakers for award-winning Rowies (you must’ve tried the tasty Scottish bread rolls by now?) and classic meat pies. Old Aberdeen is also home to the University of Aberdeen, and a room nearby at Liberty House – Don Street or Liberty House Linksfield (both a nine-minute walk away) will spare you the morning rush to lectures. History meets modernity in this part of the city and you’ll find it at the world-class Sir Duncan Rice Library, designed by Danish architects to mark ‘the ice and light of the North’.
Wherever you live in Aberdeen, you’re always close to something exciting. The city is full of variety, and you’re sure to find somewhere that suits you best at one of our four residences in Aberdeen.