Aberdeen is a harbour city on the north-east coast of Scotland. It is located 120 miles from Edinburgh and 400 miles from London. Known as one of the largest cities of Scotland and the oil capital of Europe, the city is famous for its grand architecture and large buildings, which gave it the name of The Granite City.
The city has a popular football team, Aberdeen FC, that has won the third-most major honours amongst football teams in Scotland. If you are a football fan, you will definitely enjoy watching games at Pittodrie Stadium!
With a large number of international students attending its universities, Aberdeen is a famous student destination with multiple student homes near its famous universities. The University of Aberdeen is home to a large number of international students. 16% of its students are international, with similar percentages to be found at both Robert Gordon University and North East Scotland College.
Popular student attractions you'll enjoy visiting in Aberdeen include St Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, and the Gordon Highlanders Museum. Also, you can visit Duthie Park and David Welch Winter Gardens, which currently host one of the most visited public plant collections. Aberdeen Maritime Museum is home to a large and unique collection of ships, ship-building tools and historical harbour pictures. If you intend to live in an Aberdeen student home, you can also enjoy the numerous city festivals including True North Music Festival, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, and Dance Live Festival.
The city has excellent transport links, including an airport and multiple bus services. The main bus company is First Aberdeen which operates an excellent service throughout the city. If you love walking, you can use the Walk it App to plan your routes throughout the city. Cycling is also one of the popular ways to move around. A group of volunteers called Aberdeen Cycle Forum have mapped a full cycling route of the city that is available on the city council's website, so it's easier than ever for you to rent a bike and explore the city by yourself or with friends!