Why Aberdeen?

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Why Aberdeen?

The University of Aberdeen is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities. Ranked in the Top 30 in the UK*, it has a student population of over 15,000 and a large international community of students drawn from 120 different countries. Here you'll find study options to suit your academic interests, and social and leisure activities that will contribute to your overall well-being, enjoyment and personal growth.

*The Complete University Guide 2019 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Scottish University of the Year

The University of Aberdeen was named as Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. The University was judged to have performed strongly in areas including teaching quality, degree outcomes, and graduate prospects.


The University of Aberdeen is situated in one of the most prosperous and beautiful regions of the UK.

Based on the North East Coast of Scotland, Aberdeen finds itself in the perfect location to be big enough for city experience, and also compact enough to make it easy to find your way around and make friends. Bustling by day and lively by night, Aberdeen is a perfect mix of colourful city life surrounded by miles of countryside just ready to explore.

The city itself is vibrant, creative and ambitious, known for its historic charm and cosmopolitan community. Aberdeen has great air, train and road routes from national and international locations making it closer than you think!

Student Choice & Flexibility

Undergraduate Honours degrees in Scotland are usually four years in duration and are generally structured to ensure a great deal of flexibility during the first two years of study.

But at Aberdeen we go one step further: flexibility and individuality are our real strengths. We know from experience that flexibility is very important in preparing our students for a world today in which new graduates need a wide range of knowledge, understanding and skills.

Ancient University, modern results

Over 150 Sports Clubs
Ranked in the Top 30 Universities in the UK
Sir Duncan Rice Library named one of the most beautiful in the world


Living on campus is truly part of the University experience and we have a range of accommodation options to suit everyone, located in or close to King’s Campus, Hillhead Student Village and the city centre. View available accommodation.

To support eligible Scottish students that fit the criteria (SIMD 20), we are offering an opportunity to stay in our halls of residence for free for the 1st year of entry. Enter your postcode on the Our Programmes page to find out if you are eligible.