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 starts)

January Welcome Weekend is 5th & 6th January this year - the weekend before term starts. There will be loads of activities happening up on campus. Keep an eye on the student event web page for more details or download the AUSA mobile app for full details.

 

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?

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.

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.

Register for Meet & Greet (January Starts)

Use this form to register for the airport Meet & Greet.

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

New Students Orientation

Student Orientation sessions are run on the first few days of Welcome Week. Please click on the links to learn more and view either the full sessions or the slides to learn more about each. 

January Orientation
Orientation for incoming Erasmus and International Exchange students will be on 7 January in Fraser Noble 1 & 2. The orientation will run from approximately 1000-1700 on 7 January.

September Orientation
Orientation for September intake of students will be annouced shortly.


AUSA: Your Students's 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 guidet 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.

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.