Arriving in a new city or country is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Our Meet and Greet service is running from 8th January - 21st January and is free for new UoA students, and will provide a friendly and welcoming arrival to Aberdeen before you begin your studies. Book in advance and we'll assist you with the journey to your accommodation when you arrive.

By signing up for Meet and Greet, our student ambassadors will signpost and support you in getting transportation to your accommodation (at your own cost). 

We continue to closely monitor Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing advice. Any changes to the service based on SG advice will be detailed on this page as well via email.

You should book the Meet and Greet service before arriving into Aberdeen.

More Information on Meet & Greet

Book the Meet and Greet Service

Who is the Service Available to?

The Meet and Greet service is available for new arriving student by prior booking for those arriving into Aberdeen International Airport. Simply complete the online form to let us know when you are arriving into Aberdeen.

If you have any enquiries about our meet and greet service, please contact internationalcentre@abdn.ac.uk. It can take up to 48hrs for a response due to high demand.

Arriving via Air

Aberdeen's international airport is served by a number of major carriers, providing an extensive network of routes throughout the UK, direct to Europe and worldwide through major hubs. There is a frequent bus link to the city centre, and taxis from the airport to the University cost around £15.

If you arrive between 8th January and 21st January 2022, we aim to have student ambassadors on hand to help direct your onward travel. If you arrive outside of these dates, or outside of our normal working hours, you can use this video, which was created by one of friendly members of staff to highlight some of the best ways of making your way to your accommodation after you've arrived at the Airport.

There is a taxi rank available on the left hand side as you exit the Terminal Building, you can also pre-book a taxi from some of the following companies:

In order to make your way to Hillhead Student Village by bus, you should take the 727 bus into Aberdeen City Centre and then the number 20 bus to Hillhead. You can view the route below.

You can pay via cash (no change given), contactless, as well as using the Stagecoach App (for the 727 Bus from the Airport to the City Centre) and First Bus App (for the 20 Bus from Aberdeen City Centre to Hillhead Student Village.

 

Arriving via Bus or Train

First-class roads south to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and onwards, carry fast coach services linking Aberdeen with the UK's major cities. Competitive return fares, using Travelcard schemes, make coach travel popular with students. The earlier you book your travel, the cheaper the prices. Additionally, rail services connect Aberdeen both north and south. There are regular direct trains to London, and services from Edinburgh and Glasgow link with other mainline routes. Inverness, the scenic West Coast and Highlands are reached northwards.

Both Aberdeen Bus Station and Aberdeen Rail Station are located on either side of Union Square Shopping Centre. There is a taxi rank available within the Rail station side of Union Square, you can also pre-book a taxi from some of the companies below. A taxi from Union Square to Hillhead Student Village is normally approximately £10.

The number 20 bus travels to Hillhead from Guild Street (about a 5 minute walk from the bus and rail station). You can view the route below.

You can pay via cash (no change given), contactless, as well as using the First Bus App

Important Border Control and Customs Information

Prior to travelling to the UK please familiarise yourself with information provided by the Scottish Government and UK Government. These differ depending on the country you are travelling from (including those you travel through in the 10 days before arriving in the UK).

UK Border Control have detailed guidance on how to prepare for the UK border. Please look at these before arrival to make your arrival into the UK as smooth as possible.

  • On your flight into the UK please ask for a ‘landing card’ from the flight crew, then fully fill in the relevant parts whilst on-board. Have it ready with your Passport before you land as you will need it to show the UK Border Force Officer (UKBF). You must have this completed before your passport can be stamped.
  • Take the passport out of any cover ready to be stamped.
  • Have your Certificate Acceptance of Studies (CAS Letter) ready to be checked.
  • At the U.K Border you will be asked what University and what course you will be studying? You will also be asked how long the course will be, you will need all supporting documents in paper copy already printed out and to hand to be shown to the Officer.
  • You are arriving at peak University student intake time, passport and document checks can take a while. UKBF will process customers as efficiently as possible but please be prepared to wait.

Everyone entering the Scotland from abroad must complete complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hour period before they are due to travel to the UK.  Please make sure you complete this form before you travel to avoid delays at border control. You should also carefully consult the Scottish Government's website to ensure you are fully compliant with any Covid-19 regulations, testing or quarantine requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my family and friends use the service?

  • If you choose to travel by taxi, you should note that often the maximum passenger capacity in one taxi is 3. If you require an additional taxi, this will be at your own expense Face masks must also be worn within the taxi.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

  • If you have pre-booked a taxi, you should contact them directly to make them aware of your situation. If you've not pre-booked any onward travel, you can consult the email you receive when you sign up to the Meet and Greet service above.

What if I arrive without booking accommodation?

What happens if I do not book the service, will I still be met at the airport?

  • We strongly recommend that you book onto the service as we provide the service for all University students. Booking allows us to accurately plan the number of arrivals and arrange our staffing levels according.

Is there a charge for the service?

  • No, this is a free service for students and their family and friends arriving. Our Student Ambassadors will direct you to a mode of transportation (please note: transpotation is at your own cost)

How long is the journey to University Accommodation?

  • The journey normally takes around 30 minutes to arrive at Hillhead.

I need to speak to the Meet and Greet team, how do I contact them?

  • If you have any enquiries about our meet and greet service, please contact internationalcentre@abdn.ac.uk. It can take up to 48 hours for a response due to high demand.