While you are waiting to arrive in Aberdeen and move in to your new student accommodation at Robert Gordon University, take a look at essential information to help you start planning.

Getting to know your flatmates

We will be posting a series of “Hints and Tips” each week running up until your arrival here at RGU Student Accommodation in September. All of the information has been collated from feedback received from students who were in your shoes in previous years.

We know that you are all eager to find out who you are spending the next year with and we have created a closed Facebook group just for students who will be studying with RGU in September – we would encourage you to join it and meet your flatmates, coursemates and neighbours 


Join our Facebook Group now

Also, if you haven’t already, give our official Accommodation Page a like to keep up to date with news and information

Accommodation Facebook Page 

6 weeks to go

Here are some top tips from our students.

Tip 1: Use our “Getting Ready for Halls” checklist to start thinking about what to bring with you. Start to collect the things you want to take with you from home. Aberdeen is well served for shops so you don't have to bring everything with you, particulary if you are travelling from overseas. you will be required to provide your own bedding and towels.

Tip 2: Chat with your flatmates about sharing the cost of communal items. A full list of what is included in your accommodation can be found in our site information sheets. An idea to get you started is having a money pot in which each flatmate contributes a certain amount to this pot on a weekly basis and this can go towards buying essentials, such as washing-up liquid, bin bags, toilet roll, etc.

Tip 3: There is limited fridge and freezer space as you need to share with your flatmates so don’t bulk buy before you have scouted out how much space you will have.

Tip 4:Parcels can be sent in advance of your arrival if you wish. Non-perishable items only please (so no food parcels), and deliveries are at your own risk so please do not send anything irreplaceable. Parcels should arrive no earlier than Friday 7 September due to limited storage space at each RGU site.  The site information sheets give you the delivery address you’ll need to use.

Tip 5: If friends and family are helping you to move, remember that overnight guests are not allowed in your flat between Saturday 8 & Sunday 16 September so they’ll need to organise somewhere else to stay if necessary.

Tip 6: We provide a welcome pack in your room with useful information and a few small items to help you get settled in when you first arrive. Included in the welcome pack is a FREE giff gaff sim card in case you were planning to order one.

Getting to know your accommodation

Your weekly rent price includes wifi, basic contents insurance, communal cleaning and gas and electric. *Craigievar Development includes wifi and insurance only.

Our site information sheets tell you more about your accommodation. We've included information to describe the flats and rooms in more detail to help you know what to expect:

  • What floor your flat will be on and whether there is a lift
  • What is provided in your flat
  • How much storage space you get
  • What communal facilities there are

*Please note that bed sizes vary between accommodation sites and this information is on each site information sheet.* 

If you are staying at Ramsay or Craigievar Development, there is a washing machine in your flat. All other sites have a communal laundry room with washing machines and dryers available for a charge through Circuit Laundry. 

Parking is available for residents at all sites although it is very limited at Craigievar and Ramsay Developments and you will need to pay for a permit at Woolmanhill and Garthdee Towers. If you haven’t already sorted out your parking permits, get in touch at accommodation@rgu.ac.uk 

GoGreen, part of RGU:Union, will be running a free shop from Kaim Cottage, situated on campus, that’s full of handy household items and clothing, all donated by past students. Why not drop by to see what they have and help the environment - everything is free to a good home! Please see their social media pages for opening times.

Compare what's included in your accommodation

Getting around

Aberdeen is best described as a compact city – it is easy to get to the city centre and to the university campus whichever of our sites you are staying at.

Aberdeen is best described as a compact city – it is easy to get to the city centre and to the university campus whichever of our sites you are staying at.

First Bus operate bus services 1, 1A and 2 which run between the top of King Street, along Union Street and down Holburn Street to the University campus. You can purchase student tickets once you have enrolled and obtained your RGU Student card. Tickets can be purchased online, at the FirstBus Travel Centre (Union Street) or through the First Bus mticket app.

You will need exact change if buying a ticket on the bus or you can use your contactless bank card. You can also use Apple Pay or Android Pay.

First Bus Student Tickets and Services

Driving during rush hour will take you longer and there are limited parking options near to campus so alternative transport is recommended. The campus is close to the Old Deeside Railway line for an easy cycle route. Bike hire is available through RGU:Go Green

Cycle maps and routes

Alternatively, you could walk to campus.

Find the best route for you on Walkitor via their app. 

However you choose to travel, Aberdeen has been voted the second safest city in the UK and has been awarded the Purple Flag for 4 years in a row, reflecting the city’s commitment to a safe and secure night life.

Getting to know your local area

If you want to read up in advance of your arrival, About Aberdeen tells you everything you need to know about the city of Aberdeen.

About Aberdeen

Our ResLife team will be organising walking tours of the local area around your accommodation which will be free to join. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for dates. If you miss them, we recommend taking a walk around your neighbourhood during your first few days to figure out the locations of cash machines, food shops and where to buy that emergency pint of milk.

The welcome pack in your bedroom on arrival will contain information about the local area and a map to show you the key points of interest.

If you are new to the country, or even the area, you might find it hard to understand the locals. This is why RGU have produced a fun ‘Doric Dictionary’ to help you with a few key words and phrases. 

Doric Dictionary (PDF 1.5MB)

We would be happy to help with any queries you have.

We look forward to meeting you!

  • RGU: ResLife

    Members of the RGU: ResLife team in red and yellow uniform hoodies

    The RGU: ResLife team supports your time in student accommodation and beyond, with Residence Assistants providing out-of-hours care and a Community team helping residents to integrate socially.