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Study in Aberdeen, and find the best universities in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland and one of its prettiest, with a reputation for educational excellence. It is also a hive of economic development in Scotland, making major contributions to manufacturing and the oil industry. As such, this is a great place to study engineering and oil-related subjects.

Thanks to high paid jobs, low crime rates and a longer life expectancy, Aberdeen is one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. In fact, the Aberdeen postcode has the second highest number of millionaires of any postcode in the UK – making this the perfect place to set up shop after finishing your undergraduate degree. 

Study in Aberdeen?

Aberdeen is home to two universities offering undergraduate degrees, but there are other colleges and schools where you can study other courses. The two universities are:

The University of Aberdeen is one of the world’s oldest universities, having been founded in 1495. Its student body of around 16,000 students are drawn from more than 120 countries around the world.

Robert Gordon University was awarded university status in 1992 and was named the UK’s best modern university in 2012 by the Sunday Times.

Aberdeen is also home to two artistic schools in Gray’s School of Art and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Undergraduate degrees in Aberdeen will typically take between 3-4 years to complete, depending on the subject and mode of study you choose.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are allowed to come and study an undergraduate degree in Aberdeen providing they fulfil the following criteria:

  • Are studying in the UK for more than three months
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your undergraduate degree in the UK for its duration
If you are a non-EU student coming to Aberdeen to study, you’ll need to apply for a student visa under the tier 4 visa category. In order to qualify, you’ll need to demonstrate the following:

  • Proof of funding to cover an undergraduate course and living costs
  • A confirmation of acceptance to study (CAS) reference from a university with sponsor status
  • Adequate English language skills
You can find out more about visas at the UK Border Agency.

Accommodation and living costs

Undergraduate students can choose from halls of residence accommodation or private housing. Unusually for a large university town, Aberdeen has lots of student accommodation within walking distance of the universities – particularly the University of Aberdeen.

As Aberdeen is quite small, students tend to live all over the city and take public transport or walk into lessons. A popular student area is Old Aberdeen, which surrounds the University of Aberdeen.

Expect to pay around £300 a month for a room in a shared house in Aberdeen.

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