Vibrant Campus Experience and Opportunities

Vibrant Campus Experience and Opportunities

Our campus is open and ready to welcome you. We know that your university experience reaches far beyond academic studies and that the social and co-curricular aspects of university life are of utmost importance. We are working hard to deliver a fulfilling campus experience by adapting our existing facilities and experiences, as well as developing new ones to enable you to get the most out of your time in Aberdeen.  

Food and drink

Adaptations have been made to ensure our cafes, restaurants and retail shops are open, providing a safe and friendly service and real social campus experiences. Find out more about our on-campus food and drink outlets here.

Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA)

The Aberdeen University Student Association is a vibrant community run by students for students.

Societies, sports clubs and student groups are student-run activities which give students the opportunity to make new friends, develop their skills, and discover new hobbies. From student radio to weightlifting and everything in between, we have a whole range of exciting activities and initiatives for you to get involved with.

Our Libraries

Our libraries, including the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, are open with a reduced capacity.

Many of our library resources are also available in digital form. Print materials and open study spaces are available in line with national safety guidelines.

If you are visiting our libraries, face coverings are required to be worn unless you are exempt from wearing one, as they are public buildings.

Visit our Library updates page for further information or to contact our staff with any queries you may have. We are here to support your study and research needs whether you are on-campus in Aberdeen, or off-campus anywhere in the world.

Museums and Special Collections

While we continue to work on opening our museums and exhibition spaces in a safe way, we are offering a lively online programme of events, activities and exhibitions so you can still enjoy our extensive collections. News of these events and any updates can be found on the University museums events website and social media, @uoacollections on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Special Collections Centre Wolfson Reading Room will be open in September. Current opening arrangements and updates are posted on the Using the Collections website.

Study Spaces

Our PC classrooms, teaching spaces and study spaces have been redesigned to allow for safe and effective usage. Any space where it is not possible to operate within the national safety guidelines will not be used. 

When using study spaces in all University libraries, since they are designated as public spaces, face coverings must be worn, while during usage of study spaces outwith libraries, face coverings are not required.

These rules might change in line with any future changes in national guidelines.

Aberdeen Sports Village

Aberdeen Sports Village is looking forward to welcoming our students in September. From the spectacular new gym on the top floor, through to the full-size indoor football pitch, athletics tracks, and Olympic class 50m and 25m pools, Aberdeen Sports Village offers world-class facilities, for everyone. For more information and memberships visit Aberdeen Sports Village.

Be Supported

The past 18 months have been a stressful and challenging time for people all over the world and we’re dedicated to ensuring our students have the support they need at every stage of their university journey. 

We will be delivering a hybrid of online and in person support, ensuring that you have access to the support you need, when you need it. During Welcome week and for the first few weeks of the academic year Elphinstone Hall will be transformed into a one stop shop for any questions you might have as you begin the next stage of your studies. Visit the new student website for information on opening hours.

Student Support Advisors

Our Student Support Advisors offer impartial and confidential advice and support across a range of issues including;

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Academic problems
  • Money matters
  • Disabilities and learning differences
  • Visas and immigration matters
  • Personal issues

Our team of qualified counsellors are also available to speak to you should you need to.

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy provides a supportive environment, in addition to pastoral support. 

The team run lunchtime seminars, prayer and study groups, coffee mornings, book groups and other events.

The services and resources of the Chaplaincy are available to students from all faiths and none. You can find all the events that the Chaplaincy offers on the student event web page or by downloading the Student Guide app.


After joining us as a student, the Infohub is your one stop shop for any enquiry. The Infohub team can help with a variety of queries including: 

  • ID cards
  • Bank letters
  • Council tax certificates
  • Tuition or accommodation payments
  • Providing evidence of student status
Pastoral Support

Once registered, you will be assigned a member of academic staff from your school as a Personal Tutor, Regent or Supervisor.

All new undergraduate students can register for a Students 4 Students (S4S) mentor. Your mentor will help you settle into university life by offering advice and support. They are keen to share their experience and knowledge of university life, and help you discover the range of opportunities and services available to you. 

Visit the student channel for first hand advice, information and experiences of university life. All the content has been created by our team of student content creators. 

Be Well

We know that if you feel comfortable, healthy, and happy within yourself than you are more likely to reach your full potential and perform to the best of your academic ability. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities through our BeWell programme which has been designed to help and support all aspects of your physical, mental and personal wellbeing at university.

Aberdeen University Student’s Association (AUSA) will continue to run face to face social events within social distancing guidelines. There will also be the opportunity to join one of the many student clubs and societies online. 

Be Social

The University has a presence across all major social media channels for new and current students. We use these channels to keep you up to date with all things related and of interest to current students, including urgent messages. Make sure you follow our social media channels - there may even be a competition or two!

Welcome Week is an exciting and important time for students – new and returning. For the start of the academic year the University and AUSA are working towards delivering a blended programme of virtual and in person events. This includes orientation, sport and society fairs, campus tours and events. Keep up to date with all events and updates by visiting the Welcome Week web page.

The International Centre (IC) is a virtual and on-campus hub for anyone interested in discovering an ‘international experience’ in Aberdeen. We offer students the opportunity to socialise, take part in events and integrate themselves within the international community of the University. Join the International Centre here.