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Living in Aberdeen as a student
With a population of over 196,000 people, Aberdeen, also known as the Granite City, is located on the coastline, near the north-east side of Scotland. A 2-hour train ride away from Edinburgh, Aberdeen has two universities, The University of Aberdeen (formerly King’s College, Aberdeen), and Robert Gordon University (RGU), which have a combined total of over 30,000 students.Aberdeen is known for its glistening architecture, made from the aforementioned granite which was quarried in and around the city.
The city is also famous for its 45 award-winning parks and gardens, which have won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom ‘Best City’ award ten times. One of the most affordable cities in the UK for students, Aberdeen also plays host to the world’s largest arts festivals for youth, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, as well as the Aberdeen Student Show, the longest-running student-led, student-produced, and student-performed show in the United Kingdom. At night, students can go to a ceilidh (a traditional Irish or Scottish social gathering), or go to any one of the many pubs that feature live music. After all, the city did produce musicians such as Annie Lennox, Emeli Sandé, and the band Pallas. Most of the nightclubs and bars are situated around Union Street in the city centre.
The University of Aberdeen’s King College campus is located in Old Aberdeen, about 3 km north of city centre, while RGU’s campus is located in the south-west, on the banks of the River Dee. This provides a range of accommodation locations in between that students can choose to stay in, but most students end up staying near campus, with University of Aberdeen students situated close to the Old Aberdeen Campus or the Hillhead Student Village, while RGU students tend to stay near Crathie Student Village or Garthdee Towers.