Welcome Weekend for 2018 will be 1st & 2nd September 2018 - If you are unable to make the official welcome weekend please use the information below to help find your way. 

A few bits and piece for you to keep in mind when you are getting ready for University and once you arrive!

Before Arrival
What to Bring with You
  • Certificate of Acceptance
  • Confirmation of who will be paying for your tuition fees if you are not paying them yourself
  • Accommodation contract and/or details of where you will be staying
  • Relevant medical records and details of existing medical conditions
Arrival
  • Check out our arrival page for information about making your own way to campus
  • Make sure you have cash and change on you. Taxis have additional charges for paying by card and First Bus do not give change
  • Internet – the entire University of Aberdeen campus has wireless internet
After Arrival
Induction/Orientation
International Students' Additional Checklist
  • Check the International Students Pre-Departure Guide
  • Check Visa requirements and make necessary arrangements
  • Bring a valid passport or travel document with visa if applicable
  • Visit the 'Arrival Lounge' and the International Centre on campus.
  • Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the Post Office named in your visa letter
  • Make a copy of passport, including the page that was stamped by immigration on arrival to the UK, and biometric card and bring with you to registration
  • Register with the UK police (if applicable)

Visit the International Centre to get helpful information about:

  • UK Phones
  • Finding a Hairdresser
  • Grocery/Food Shopping
  • Activities & Volunteering
  • General guidance when being away from home:
  • Electricity here may be different to what you have at home. In the UK the voltage is 230
  • Most computers, mobile phones and cameras will have an automatic voltage converter – meaning it will automatically convert the voltage to whatever it is plugged into. HOWEVER – you MUST double check your appliances
  • Some small appliances – like hairdryers – won’t necessarily convert. You need to double check the appliance before you plug anything in
  • Make sure you have your plug adaptors (you can pick it up at the airport, or any electronics shop)

The International Centre have also put together a list of frequently asked questions.

Useful Information

Guides & Handouts

Cooking Tips

If you're away from home for the first time, it can be daunting learning to cook new meals. Here are some great websites to look to for quick and easy recipes. 

Please also refer to the British Eatwell Guide to ensure that you have balanced meals. 


 

Arriving by car

For students arriving by car, an online route planner is available via Red Planet Travel to help you find directions to your accommodation. You may also wish to check out Google maps which will also be able to give you detailed information.

If you're driving to Aberdeen, the following information will be useful for sat-navs and route finders:

  • University postcode - AB24 3FX
  • Hillhead postcode - AB24 1WU

Please note that car parking is very limited and as such, you will be unable to park on the King's Campus during working hours between Monday and Friday. During these hours, you will be allowed to drop items at the Halls of Residence but will have to park off-campus.

There is no desginated resident parking on campus at Crombie, Johnston, Elphinstone Road Flats, or King's Hall. There is limited resident parking at Hillhead Halls of Residence.

For further information about parking and parking permits, please visit the Accommodation website FAQs and the University's Parking web pages.

Arriving by air

Aberdeen airport is very easy to navigate and airport staff will be on hand to help if you have any problems. More information can be found on the Aberdeen Airport website.

The airport is located in Dyce, about 7 miles from the centre of Aberdeen. There's a taxi rank at the airport, and a fare from the airport to the University or Halls of Residence will cost £25-£35, depending upon where you are staying.

Alternatively you can take the regular Jet (727) bus service to Aberdeen Bus Station (travel time is around 35 minutes). The timetable for the Jet Service is available on the Stagecoach website. For directions from the Bus Station to your Halls of Residence, see below.

An online route planner on Red Planet Travel is available to help you find directions to your accommodation and about the city.

Arriving by coach/bus or train

Fast coach and train services link Aberdeen with the UK's major cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

For more information on coach timetables and prices, visit the National Express website or the Megabus website, where tickets are available for as little as £1. 

For more information on train timetables and prices, visit the National Rail website or the Trainline.

In general, tickets are cheaper when bought in advance and out with peak times. An online route planner on Red Planet Travel is available to help you find directions to your accommodation and about the city.

The Aberdeen Bus/Coach Station and Train Station are linked together by Union Square Shopping Centre, in the city centre.

The taxi rank is situated within the Train Station. Taxi fares cost approximately £15 to King's Collge Campus and £25 to Hillhead Halls of Residence. 

Local Bus Information

Hillhead Halls

From the bus station, walk to Union Street or Broad Street, journey time approximately 8 minutes. Catch First Bus number 20 direct to the Halls. Note that First Bus operate an exact-change policy. Visit the First Bus website for timetables for City buses, including the number 20.

Crombie-Johnston, Kings and Elphinstone Halls

From the bus station, take the Stagecoach Bluebird bus number 60, 61, 63, 67 or 68 to the University Road stop, journey time approximately 7 minutes. Walk onto Regent Walk to get to the centre of campus. Alternatively, you could walk to Union Street or Broad Street from the station, journey time approximately 8 minutes. Catch First Bus number 20 direct to the Halls. Note that First Bus operate an exact-change policy. Visit the Stagecoach website for timetables for buses operating from the bus station.  Visit the First Bus website for timetables for other City buses, including the number 20.

Unite Apartments

From the bus station, take the Stagecoach Bluebird bus number 60, 61, 63, 67 or 68 to Mealmarket Street or the Jasmine Terrace stop for Firestation & Spring Garden. Please note that Spring Garden is a 6 minute walk from the Jasmine Terrace stop. Visit the Stagecoach website for timetables for buses operating from the bus station. Visit the First Bus website for timetables for other City buses.


This webpage can be downloaded as a PDF to be viewed offline.

If you have any queries about your arrival, please don't hesitate to contact infohub@abdn.ac.uk and we will do our very best to assist you.