UPDATE: 13 March 2020

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Scotland and the Scottish Government’s advice to cancel mass gatherings of over 500 people from next week, we have taken the decision to cancel our upcoming Offer Holder Day on the 25th of March. We hope you will understand that due to the pace of this developing situation, this is something outside of our control and we are sorry not to be able to meet you in person later this month.

We will be in touch with you over the coming weeks with opportunities to engage with us virtually, and we sincerely hope you join us as a student later this year.

This day is specifically designed for students holding an offer for our undergraduate degrees in Arts/Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering.


Registration is now open. When you register for the event, you will be sent a confirmation email - please bring this with you on the day. Registration points, where you will be able to collect your welcome pack, will be situated across the campus. The day will start with a formal welcome talk including an introduction to the university, key information on finance, student support and employability.


The day has been designed to allow you to personalise your visit by choosing from a variety of activities. You will have the opportunity to visit subject stands throughout the morning, to chat with academic staff about your chosen area of study, and the options open to you for Enhanced Study. 

The academic subjects that are included in Offer Holder Day:

  • Accountancy
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Film & Visual Culture
  • Gaelic Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology and Geosciences
  • History
  • History of Art
  • International Business
  • Language & Linguistics
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Theology & Religion / Divinity
  • Sociology

Staff will also available at the following student support displays:

  • Careers Service
  • Parent & Family Programme
  • Study Abroad
  • Accommodation
  • Admissions
  • Student Support
  • Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
  • Student Learning Service
  • IT Services

You are encouraged to attend an afternoon session for the subject area you hold an offer for. Activities will vary depending on the subject - they may include information sessions on courses you can select, mock lectures, tours of labs and facilities, or speaking with current students.

International and European visitors are also invited to drop in to meet the International team in an informal environment. Staff would be delighted to discuss any questions you have about moving to Scotland, preparation before you join, and things to consider before September. 

There will be an informal drop in session for parents/guardians to meet senior university staff. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available. This session will take place during the subject sessions so that parents/guardians can ask any questions.

At the time of registering you'll have the opportunity to choose your sessions. A downloadable version of the programme and a Guidebook app will be available here soon to allow you to plan your day.

Tours of Campus

Take a tour of our King's College campus with one of our Student Ambassadors. As you will see during your visit, Aberdeen has one of the most atmospheric and welcoming campuses in the UK, and one of the best ways to see it in its full glory is by taking a guided tour. 

Tours will begin from Elphinstone Lawn and will run throughout the day. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. 

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

With a £57m investment the doors to the Sir Duncan Rice Library first opened in September 2012, containing the largest of the University's collections, including Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences, as well as providing over 1,200 study spaces and computers on every floor.

You can make your way to the Library at any time throughout the day and pick up a self-guided tour leaflet; allowing you to spend as little or as long as you'd like exploring. 

A gallery exhibition space is located on the ground floor of the library and has an ongoing programme of exhibitions showcasing a variety of aspects of the University's Special Collections.

Hillhead Accommodation

Hillhead Student Village is our largest student accommodation complex comprising of self-catered and catered accommodation. A shuttle bus will run from outside King's Chapel, adjacent to Elphinstone Lawn. You will be met off the bus by one of our staff members. They will provide you with a self-guided tour sheet and be on hand to answer any questions you have. Return bus journeys will depart from outside the Central Building at Hillhead.

Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics Centre

The University of Aberdeen is one of the most successful institutions in sporting competitions and aims to be the centre of excellence for sport in North-East Scotland with its Olympic-standard sports and aquatics facility. 

Tours of the Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics Centre will be available throughout the day, departing from Elphinstone Lawn. 

You can claim a free pass for you and up to 2 guests for the swimming pool and gym facilities on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March. Simply show your booking confirmation email or the ASV tab in the Guidebook app at the ASV reception.

Student Union Building

The Student Union Building on Elphinstone Road is the one-stop-shop for our students with a wealth of services available. The Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA), Student Advice and Support Office, and the Careers Service are all located here. These facilities are provided to assist students with any queries that they may have in a relaxed and friendly environment. You can also find Union Brew, various shops, and a food court with a wealth of outlets.

Cruickshank Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are located at the northern end of the King's College Campus. This beautiful and peaceful 11-acre garden offers year-round interest to visitors, and is popular with staff and students as a quiet spot for a lunchtime picnic or simply to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the main campus. It has shrub borders, a rock and water, rose and sunken gardens, herbaceous border and an arboretum. It houses a nationally important collection of over 2,500 labelled plants.