Welcome to campus, and welcome to Aberdeen! 

  • Welcome Week posterWelcome Weekend & Arrivals: 1st & 2nd September, 2018
  • New Student Orientation: 3rd & 4th September 2018
  • Academic Induction: Check dates depending on Undergraduate or Postgraduate
  • For parents, check our Parents Orientation information below
Local Students Event

Date: Thursday 30th August 
Location: Hillhead Student Village 
Time: 1800-2100 
Please register in advance 

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is the 1st & 2nd September this year - the weekend before term and Welcome Week begins. There will be loads of activities happening up at Hillhead Student Village*. The Student Experience Team will also be at the Train Station and the Airport over the weekend from 0900-2300 to meet you and help you find your way to your accommodation. 

Please REGISTER NOW - below for the Meet & Greet so that we can know to expect you that weekend. 

*Please note arrival and move in dates and times if you are living off campus


FAQs - Meet & Greet

Is registration mandatory? What happens if I do not book the service?

In order that we can ensure students get the best experience it’s important that you register in advance so that we know that you’re arriving.

Does it cost money?

No, the meet & greet service does not cost any money. However, if you need to take a taxi or public transport to your accommodation, this may incur a charge. 

What sort of transportation is available once I arrive?

AUSA usually provides coaches during the busiest times during Welcome Weekend from the Airport to university accommodation. However, if you arrive outside this time please be aware of the public transportation options…

Aberdeen Airport is well connected with an express bus Jet 727 that leaves every 15 minutes from the Airport to the city centre (cost is approximately £3.00). There are also taxis available to take you direct to your accommodation which will cost £15 - £25.

What if I am not arriving on the official Welcome Weekend?

While we would encourage students to arrive on the Saturday of Welcome Weekend as best they can, we understand that this is not always possible and therefore have provided information on 'making your own way to your accommodation.

Register for Meet & Greet

Please complete this form to register for the Meet and Greet service:

King's Cup Competition

How do you fancy winning your school a fantastic BBQ party in October?

We are giving every student the chance to compete against other schools to help their school win the BBQ party.

What do you have to do?

It’s easy to take part! Collect a t-shirt when you collect your ID card from Halls or Elphinstone Hall, and you will be given a couple of stickers to start you off. Just stick them to your schools leader board in Elphinstone Hall. Elphinstone Hall is on King’s Campus, so you will be passing it most days. If you are located in Foresterhill, your leader board will be in Suttie Centre.
All you do is to thereafter is attend selected events, (preferably with your t-shirt on, or with you) and claim further stickers. Just remember to pop them onto your leader board before the end of the competition. Most stickers on a schools board WINS!

When's the party?

The party will be in October. You will find out who has won through the monthly student Ezine, which is sent to your University email address, and an additional announcement on Student Life Facebook and Twitter pages.

Arrival Lounge

When you arrive on campus there is lots going on! There are plenty of people to help you with all the different services that are available. We know it can be a lot to take in so if you want to take a short break come and join us in the Arrivals Lounge. We will have a team of friendly faces there to welcome you with a cup of tea, some biscuits, and a short checklist of what you might still need to do. 

Location: International Centre 110 High Street, University of Aberdeen 

Times open: Monday 3rd Sept - Friday 7th Sept 2018 from 1000-1600

*no need to register, just come in and meet some friendly people! Put your sticker on the map! :) 

Arrival Lounge

New Students Orientation

Student orientation posterDates: Monday 3rd September & Tuesday 4th September 


The sessions listed below will be running, but there may be more sessions as we move through the year! 

Banking & Personal Finance
Joint session by Santander and our in house Student Advisors, learn about setting up a bank account and managing your budget. 

Library and IT Essentials
A presentation about using the library, accessing e-collections, study spaces & computing accounts. You can also take a guidet tour around the beautiful Sir Duncan Rice Library. 

Studying for University (and in the UK)
Led by the Student Learning Service, Dr. Alexander will give you tips and advice for studying if you're new to university, new to the UK style of education or just want a refresher. 

Student Advice and Support
A short session to introduce you to the many services available through the Student Advice and Support Team.

That Department does What?
Led by Dr. Tucker, this session will clearly outline all the different University departments so you know where to go if you have questions. 

Safety and Security
A combined session led by the University's Estates team with input from Police Scotland along with our Director of Health & Safety with key information to help you stay safe here in Aberdeen.

Explore: Scotland
Led by the VisitScotland team, learn about the beautiful places you can visit and how to get there. 

Simply Living
A session that concentrates soley on how to live your life in the city, including; transportation options and general ideas like grocery shopping.

AUSA: Your Students's Association
Understand what AUSA's remit is and how they can supplement and support you during your studies. 

GP Registration

Parent Activities & Orientation

Parents, guardians and family members play such an important part of our students’ lives that we would be amiss if we forgot about them. Therefore, we have developed a comprehensive Parent Orientation available over the Welcome Weekend whereby any parent, guardian, family member or friend who has a vested interest in one of our new students can come along and learn all about the university.

  • There will be drop in sessions at Hillhead for those of you with students living in the student village.
  • There will be a Parent and Family Programme Welcome to Aberdeen Event on Saturday in Elphinstone Hall on Old Aberdeen Campus to showcase the different services and activities in which students can get involved.
  • On Sunday we will have an afternoon session (must register below) inclusive of: 
    • 90 minute session explaining the different services for students and where parents can ask all their questions
    • Location: MR501 

If you want to attend Parent Orientation please register: 


There are many events and activities happening over Welcome Weekend and Welcome Week. Please ensure that you follow Student Life on Facebook, or check the events here on the website.