Welcome to campus, and welcome to Aberdeen!

This page details out everything you need to know, and more to make your student experience a success.

Welcome Week - January 2019

January Welcome Weekend is 5 and 6 January 2019 - the weekend before term starts. If arriving by air please register for the Meet and Greet service (see tab below).

A welcome fair will take place over the weekend that will help you get started. Infohub and IT Services will be available at Hillhead Student Village to help you complete registration. 

Keep an eye on the student events webpage for more details or download the AUSA mobile app for full details of what’s happening.

Familiarise yourself with the campus map. We have marked some of the important locations you may need to visit during your first few weeks, including:

  • Infohub: for ID Cards, registration support, payments, finance & visa checks
  • St Mary’s, Room B28: IT, MyTimetable, My Curriculum & Registry support
  • Students' Union Building: 1st floor Food Court, Student Support, Careers Service and AUSA

See below for a downloadable PDF.

Airport Meet and Greet - Information and Registration

During Welcome weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 January, 10am-4pm) we will have a team at the airport to meet you and help you find your way to your accommodation. If you know your arrival times, please complete the registration form to register for the airport Meet and Greet.

FAQs - Meet and 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 and 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?

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.

New Students Orientation - Information and Registration

Orientation for ALL students will take place on Wednesday 9th January from 8.30am - 11.00am in the James MacKay Hall in Kings Conference Centre. The Orientation event will include short introductory sessions about IT, Library, Student Support, Student learning Services, AUSA, Visa and the Infohub. There will be an information fair from 11.00am - 12.00pm providing an opportunity to speak to staff and ask any further questions.

Orientation for incoming Erasmus and International Exchange students will be on 7 January in Fraser Noble 1 & 2. The orientation will run from approximately 10am - 5pm on 7th January.

September Orientation
Orientation for September intake of students will be announced in 2019.

Please click on the links to learn more and view either the full sessions or the slides to learn more about each. 


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

Banking in the UK
Santander will take you through a very to-the-point session about how to set up a bank account, including the documents you require, how to make an appointment with a bank, and what you get with different kinds of bank accounts. 

CluedUP: Health,Safety and Well Being
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.

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

Studying for University 
Led by the Student Learning Service, they 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. 

Private Accommodation
If you're arriving with a family, or are just choosing not to live in university accommodation; this session will focus on navigating the private rental market here in Aberdeen.  

My University 
Understanding the ins and outs of MyAberdeen, MyCurriculum, MyTimetable, and the various other systems that you need to use to manage your time at Aberdeen.

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

Student Advice and Support
A short session to introduce you to the many services available through the Student Advice and Support Team. (Video is available instead of an in-person session)

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. 

Understanding the NHS
Learn how to navigate the NHS system, from registering with a GP, to collect a prescription from a pharmacy.

Working Part-Time While Studying

Students often look for part time work alongside their studies to supplement their income from their parents, government bodies, or student loans. However; some times it can be difficult to know how to find a part time job and how to present yourself at the interview. This session aims to alleviate those concerns and explain how you can find part time work while you study.

Registration and ID card collection - January 2019

Hillhead student Village, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 January 2019 

 

Infohub: 11am to 4pm 

IT Services 11am – 3pm

 

Old Aberdeen Campus, Monday 7 - Friday 25 January

Infohub will operate its normal service from the High Street office Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

 

IT, MyTimetable, My Curriculum & Registry Support will be available from St Mary’s Room B28

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. My Curriculum support will also be available via web chat, email and telephone Monday - Friday from 9am – 5pm

 

Students staying at the Hillhead Student Village will receive their ID card at check in, Foresterhill based students can collect ID cards from their school office and all other students from the Infohub.

 

You must ensure that your photograph is uploaded no later than Wednesday 2 January to ensure your card is ready.

Events

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. Alternatively download the AUSA events app.

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 - Friday from 1000-1600

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

Arrival Lounge

Welcome Weekend (September starts)

Welcome Weekend is the 31st August & 1st 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. 

You can register for the Meet & Greet service so that we 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.