Everything you need to know to get your student experience off to a great start!

New Student Guides and Handbooks

Make sure you read the New Student Guide before you arrive! It's packed with essential information to help you get settled into student life.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Students

Postgraduate Research Students

Language Centre Students

Other guides

We also provide a University Guide for students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, which you can download or view here.

Arrange your accommodation
To Do List (January & September)
What to bring with you

What to bring with you: 

  • Check the University Accommodation ‘what to bring’ checklist
  • 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
Modes of Transport

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

Arriving by air: 

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

If you arrive during Welcome Weekend, there will be student ambassadors available to assist you in getting to your accommodation. 

Arriving by train/bus: 

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 College Campus and £25 to Hillhead Halls of Residence. 

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

International Student Information
  • Check the International Students Pre-Departure Information
  • Check Visa requirements and make necessary arrangements
  • Bring a valid passport or travel document with visa if applicable
  • 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)
IT & Top Tips

At the University of Aberdeen, a key resource recommended to all students is Toolkit. In the Toolkit you can find a selection of helpful videos on a wide range of different topics, from IT and study tips to health and wellbeing advice.