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.

Freshers Events

Our ResLife team and RGU:Union have been busy putting together a programme of activities for your first few weeks in Aberdeen.

Our ResLife team and RGU:Union have been busy putting together a programme of activities for your first few weeks in Aberdeen.

ResLife welcome events are now available to book online! Events include Trampolining, Bowling, Gaming Night, trips around the area and not forgetting our Inflatable Fun Day for Change Our Tomorrow: Live. Events are open to all (no age restrictions). Book now:


RGU:Union have also organised a jam-packed schedule of events between 8 and 16 September with DJ sets, theme parties, club nights, acoustic nights, film screenings and much more. Wristbands are available to purchase now:


TechFest 2018 – if you have an interest in STEMs subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) then make sure you check the programme of events for TechFest 2018 which runs from the 8 - 22 September. A diverse range of lectures, activities and presentations is on offer and well worth a look – look for the public activities:


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)

Accommodation Induction

If you are staying in University accommodation, we have sent out an email with your link for the online induction.

This is a short but important introduction to your new accommodation. Once you have completed the induction, you will be able to book your arrival slot and print the key release form.

  • Arrival slots - The arrival slots are limited. They help us work out how many staff we need on-site during the arrivals period and helps to ensure that you have a car parking space waiting for you to unload if needed.
  • Key Release Form – you must make sure you print this out and bring it with you as it confirms you are authorised to get your room keys. This also has directions and contact details for your site.
  • Passport sized photograph – you must bring one of these with you when you arrive as you won’t be able to collect your keys without it. It needs to be passport sized but does not have to meet the same strict regulations. We just need to be able to recognise you. This helps with identification throughout the year, in case you find yourself locked out of your flat or need to collect a parcel for example.

We look forward to seeing you when you arrive!

Getting here

It’s time to pack your bags – only one week until you leave home! Here is our last minute reminder of key points to make sure your arrival goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Complete the Accommodation online induction, book your arrival slot and PRINT your key release form (you will not be able to collect your keys without a printed Key Release Form). Contact us  if you haven’t received your email about the Accommodation induction.
  • Bring a passport sized photograph with you.
  • During the arrivals period (8 to 16 September) there will always be someone available at the sites to issue your keys even if you arrive out of hours, so don’t panic if your flight is delayed or you are held up in traffic. 
  • If you are arriving by plane, a free Meet and Greet service operates at Aberdeen International Airport between 9am and 6pm from 8 to 16 September 2018. Look out for the RGU Student Ambassador when you arrive and make use of the free minibus service (limited space on a first come first served basis).
  • Remember overnight guests are not permitted in your accommodation during the arrivals period (8 - 16 September) so be sure to make alternative accommodation plans if any friends or family are helping you move in.

Arrival Day

The day you move away from home has arrived. Whether this is your first time away from home, your first time to Aberdeen or even your first time to Scotland – we would like to wish you a very warm welcome.

We have some tips on what to get sorted when you first arrive.

  • Complete your inventory. Yes we know it’s not the most exciting thing to do when you just want to get out there and do other more exciting things but trust us, you’ll be grateful that you did it when the end of lease inspections come around. We will send you an email with the link for the online inventory so before you unpack, carefully check the condition of the items listed on your inventory and make a note of anything missing, damaged or marked, no matter how small.
  • Report any problems. Site staff make every effort to check lightbulbs, sockets and other fixtures to make sure everything is ready for your arrival but sometimes things get missed. Please report any problems straight away so that we can put things right for you.
  • Check your welcome pack. We have put a welcome pack in your bedroom as a friendly welcome from us to you. We have included information for residents including how to report any maintenance issues and use the laundry and there is a map of Aberdeen that you may want to pin on your noticeboard. We have also provided a handy checklist of things to organise during your first few weeks.
  • Meet people. There will be many new people for you to meet – flatmates, neighbours, fellow course mates, your ResLife team and more. Don’t be shy as this is probably the one time when everyone is in the same boat! Each site will have activities organised by the ResLife team who you can easily spot by their red and yellow hoodies. RGU:Union have many Freshers events planned and Freshers Fayre is the ideal time to join some societies and clubs.
  • Keep in touch with home. A quick text, call or email to reassure everyone from home that you are surviving is highly recommended as this is an emotional time for family too!

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.