Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland - and a very popular place to live, study and work with a thriving local economy. By bucking the downward turn most cities suffered in the recession, Aberdeen has boomed into the hottest spot for renting in the country.
As a major city, life in Aberdeen is appealing to many different life styles, suiting all tastes and budgets. The variation in property reflects this as well, with ancient stonework in Old Aberdeen, Granite Tenements in Midstocket and new builds near the waterfront.
A modern city that is built on energy, Aberdeen is a principle commercial, cultural and academic seat in Scotland for families, students, professionals and industrial workers.
Students are split between the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, whose campuses - in the north of Aberdeen for the former and down in Garthdee for the latter – are both surrounded by a wealth of student property. The two institutions have been rivals for many years, and the rivalry culminates in an annual boat race along the River Dee and ‘Granite City’ sports events.
There is also a variety of more traditional residential property for families available throughout the city, with more affordable areas in the north around Bridge of Don and south around Torry, and upmarket areas out to the west of the city.
In fact Aberdeen's West End is an enviable location for any tenant. From Bieldside to Cults and its surrounding areas, which are the most expensive areas for property in the entire country, to the towns outside the city limits, the west end is the city’s more varied district for renting.
Aberdeen is a city of many nicknames, including the Granite City, the Silver City and The Oil Capital of Europe - after the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s which caused the boom in property and subsequent rise of Bridge of Don and Danestone. It is famous for its 45 stunning parks and gardens, with citywide floral displays that boast two million roses, eleven million daffodils and three million crocuses.
Unlike other Scottish cities that used sandstone, Aberdeen’s buildings are not as weathered and need very little structural maintenance. Its use of hardy local granite in the majority of architecture means many of Aberdeen’s buildings look brand new, and there is a shine to the city in the sunnier months. The city is also well known for its annual jazz festival, while the folk music festival is also a popular attraction for visitors and residents of Aberdeen.
Lettingweb has more letting agents in Aberdeen on site, and more property, than any other portal. It’s the hardest city to find property in Scotland, so we’d recommend getting in early.
Scotland’s third city, Aberdeen, lies across the mouths of two rivers: the Dee and the Don. It’s a varied, spacious city closely tied to its thriving energy industry, but where students from the two biggest universities – the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon – make up a large part of the culture and population.
The city lies across the coast of the North Sea, with a beautiful set of rugged beaches cutting everything of on the eastern edge and the city centre lying around the busy harbor. The city lies across a large space of land, and unlike other major Scottish university cities, RGU and AU are some distance from each other. For this reason they have different areas for student accommodation – most students of AU will reside around the campus in Old Aberdeen or nearby Bridge of Don whilst RGU’s main accommodation areas are Garthdee and Rosemount. However, the student population is not completely split.
Rosemount is located just to the West of RGU’s most central campus and as such is very convenient for trips to the city centre. The University’s Student Union is also located a short walk from the area. Garthdee is further from town in the South, but still a short bus ride from Union Street.
Most first year students at the University of Aberdeen reside at either the large Hillhead halls or on the main campus. The Old Town surrounds the Kings College of the University, and offers convenience for both town and the University. It is also home to the Bobbin, often treated as Aberdeen University’s unofficial Student Union.
In between the Old Town and Bridge of Don lies the area of Seaton, often a good destination for students searching for a cheaper place to live. Some parts of the area and drinking establishments are less student friendly than other districts, but don’t let this put you off Seaton if you find a suitable flat there.
The high concentration of the Old Town makes it and its surrounding areas popular with both students of the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon, with the area along King Street thriving with young people. If you are attending RGU, however, bear in mind that a trip into class from the Old Town will take a while on the bus – so it’s not one for lazier students.
Despite being labelled as the Granite City, Aberdeen is varied across its wide area so finding somewhere to stay is mainly down to what matters to you. Some parts will offer proximity to lectures, some have more thriving bars and some are a short walk from the City Centre. Aberdeen’s network of buses and taxis is affordable and thorough, however, so selecting student accommodation based on what lies nearby is not really that necessary.