Dundee is vibrant and friendly, cosmopolitan and cultural, compact and affordable. It's also the sunniest city in Scotland, so even in winter we get more sunshine than the rest of the country.
And it's not just us that thinks it's a great place to be. The Sunday Times guide put Dundee in its top 10 list of best places to live in the UK - twice! This covered areas like good employment, cost of living, great schools and community spirit, and we have all that and more in abundance.
One of the top three most fun cities for students to live in
The top Scottish city for graduates (and No 4 in the whole of the UK)
Dundee is perfectly located on the banks of the River Tay, on the East Coast of Scotland. Here's a map to show you exactly where Dundee is in the world.
With a population of 140,000, Dundee has the big city feel, but is small enough for you to get around easily.
Visiting the rest of Scotland is simple, too: you can be in the countryside in 20 minutes, and we're only a 90-minute drive away from 90% of Scotland. Even London is only a 1.5 hour direct flight, or a six hour train ride away.
All of this makes Dundee the ideal location for students like you.
So when you need a culture fix, the choice is endless.
The V&A Design Museum puts on amazing design exhibitions twice a year. Or there's the Dundee Rep Theatre, art and films at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and even more art and history to see at the McManus Gallery. Recently, the Eden Project chose Dundee to host the first-ever ecological attraction in Scotland. And a new e-sports arena is being built near the river.
Visit Scotland calls Dundee 'an urban wanderer’s delight' and we couldn’t put it better ourselves.
Dundee is one of the safest cities in the UK, according to a survey by the Complete University Guide 2021.
Another survey named Dundee the cheapest city in Scotland for students. Monthly household costs are roughly 20% cheaper than the national average, so Dundee offers great value for money.
Not only is Dundee incredibly safe, your money will go further here too!
Wherever you're from, and whatever you choose to study, we'll do our very best to make you feel welcome.
Dundee is international and multicultural, much like the university itself. There are over 40,000 students studying in the city, making it home to people from many different countries and ethnic groups.
You’ll easily find places of worship for religions including Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, as well as many Christian denominations. Many Abertay staff members are from outwith Dundee, so they understand what moving to a new city or country feels like. With this much support available, we're sure that Dundee will quickly become your home away from home.
There’s all the usual food choices here, but why not try Japanese, Thai, Mexican, New Zealand or Lebanese cuisine for a change? Or visit our artisan coffee shops and, of course, there are great restaurants and cafes right across the city.
We have international food shops such as Chinese, Indian, Polish and Russian supermarkets, as well as halal butchers. Tesco and Lidl are very near to Campus, and Dundee is famous for its amazing bakeries. So why not try a Dundee pie or a local pasty called a 'bridie'?
If you like to live an active life, then you’ll love it here. In fact, choosing where to cycle, hike, swim, ski, climb or camp will be your only challenge.
Locally there are many miles of coastline, trails and forests to explore. Water sports like open water swimming and stand-up paddle boarding happen at the local beaches. There’s even a skate park about 10 minutes’ walk from Campus.
The sea, mountains and forests are so close you can visit all three in a day. And you’ll often have the place to yourself – apart from the odd seal, deer or dolphin, that is.
Whether you like chatting in a cosy pub, seeing bands, drinking coffee or clubbing, Dundee’s nightlife always delivers.
Our pubs are second to none. The biggest nightclubs regularly host some of the UK’s most well-known DJs, and there are lots of live music venues, too. In fact, there is a huge music scene here if that's your thing.
If movies are your passion, then you've got two cinema chains and an arthouse cinema to choose from, so you'll be spoilt for choice.
However you like to relax, it's all here when you need it.
Abertay is located on a buzzing city centre campus, with all of our buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other.
Check out our student accommodation. Rooms and facilities, rents, how and when to apply and lots of information to help you.
Scotland is a very welcoming country, we’re genuinely happy to see newcomers. Find out why we recommend studying here.
A lot of our students live locally, and we know it can be different for you. Abertay is where you'll make friends AND get your degree.