Living in Dundee as a student
Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest city, located within the eastern central Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay. The city is 58km from Edinburgh and an hour and a half to Glasgow by train.
Dundee is home to over 156,000 Dundonians who live, work, and study within its limits. There are two universities situated in Dundee: The University of Dundee with 15,000 students, and Abertay University, with 4,000 students; this proportion of students to residents is quite high, leading to the city having a large student population. Dundee is a regional centre of employment and education, with many people from other cities commuting to the city to work. The city has strong biomedical and biotechnology sectors, as well as a long video game development history, with studios such as Rockstar North, Denki, Ruffian Games, and Cohort Studios all located in Dundee. Dundee also has a number of theatres and concert halls, including the Dundee Repertory Theatre and the Caird Hall. When it comes to literature and the arts, Dundee has links to a illustrious list of authors, from A. L. Kennedy to Neil Forsyth, and the city has an international art centre in the city’s cultural quarter. Dundee is the host of the Dundee Mountain Film Festival, and the city also holds an annual horror film festival. There are a number of bars, clubs, and restaurants in the city, and the city has produced a number of musicians, including Average White Band, Snow Patrol and Spare Snare.
The University of Dundee’s main campus is located within the West End of the city, less than 1km from city centre, while Abertay University’s campus is on Bell Street, within city centre itself. Most student accommodation options tend to revolve around the campuses, leading to most student living near city centre.