My first 30 days in Aberdeen: Home Searching Journey

Ping is from Hong Kong and started studying MSc Project Management in January 2018.

Time files. Today is Jan 31. I have been in Aberdeen for a month.

My first home in Aberdeen is Copthorne Hotel at Huntly Street which I stayed there for 12 days. The first week I was busy viewing houses which I arranged before I came.

10 apartments viewed within 5 days. Average 2 apartments per day!

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How did I arrange everything before I arrived?

The buddy system at RGU is very good. Before I came, my buddy Mario answered all my silly questions; e.g. safety of Aberdeen,  which mobile phone provider should I go with?, which street is good for living; etc.

Mario told me the best areas to look at for a flat, I started searching accommodation via Rightmove, Citylet, Sparerooms Apps and RGU: Rightmove before I came.

The first three days were very tiring because I walked to the selected apartments on foot. You may wonder why?

It’s because I wanted to see the neighbourhood I was going to live in and how far it would be to the city centre and to uni. I measured how far it took to walk compared to how much it would cost me to travel by bus every day.

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Also, we needed to examine the house to see if the condition was good or not. Does the rental include other expenses; e.g. gas, electricity and WIFI; etc. How much security deposit is needed? Many things that must be taken into consideration.

Finally, I chose the one with 20 mins walk to school and signed the contract for my flat through an agency. I like my mini apartment as it’s close to uni and Duthie Park.

On the 10th, I left the Copthorne Hotel to get on a Mega bus as I  headed to Glasgow for 5 days fun before moving into my new mini warm home!

Ping

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