Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet

Arriving in a new city or country is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Our friendly team of student ambassadors will be providing a Meet & Greet service in Aberdeen International Airport from 14-20 January, 2023. They'll be on-hand to welcome you and tell you about the various transportation options to your accommodation and how much these will cost. You can take advantage of the Meet & Greet service by booking below. 

Book the Meet and Greet Service

Who is the Service Available to?

The Meet & Greet service is available to all new students arriving in Aberdeen International Airport between 14-20 January, 2023. Please complete this online form to let us know when you are arriving into Aberdeen and one of our friendly ambassadors will welcome you at the airport.

If you have any enquiries about our Meet & Greet service, please email internationalcentre@abdn.ac.uk. The team will do their best to get back to you within 48 hours. 

Arriving via Air

Aberdeen's international airport is served by a number of major airlines, providing an extensive network of travel throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide destinations. 

If you arrive in Aberdeen between 14-20 January 2023, our student ambassadors will be available to help direct you to your accommodation. If you arrive outside of these dates, or you're arriving on a very early or late flight, watch this video which will provide information on making your way to your accommodation.

There is a frequent bus link to the city centre, and taxis from the airport to the University cost around £20-£25.

There is a taxi rank outside the Airport, but you can also pre-book a taxi from some of the following companies:

If you're travelling 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, and by using local bus apps. You'll need both the Stagecoach App (for the 727 Bus) and First Bus App (for the 20 Bus).

 

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 £15.

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

Before 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 UK 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.
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 people. 

What happens if my flight is delayed?

  • If you have pre-booked a taxi, you should contact internationalcentre@abdn.ac.uk 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?

If I do not book the service, will I still be met at the airport?

  • If you'd like to take advantage of the Meet & Greet Service, we recommend that you fill in our online form to let us know when you're arriving. This allows us to accurately plan the number of arrivals and arrange for our ambassadors to be available accordingly.

Is there a charge for the service?

  • No, Meet & Greet is a free service for students and their family and friends arriving. Our Student Ambassadors will advise you about transportation and how much this costs. You will have to cover the costs of your journey to your accommodation.  

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. The team will do their best to get back to you within 48 hours.