Welcome to RGU: Your first week!

Welcome, all our arriving students! I’m sure you’re all very excited and looking forward to what’s ahead. Some of you may be new to RGU, Aberdeen or even Scotland. We want to make you feel as welcome as possible so we have come up with a few tips for you to get settled in:


Have a look around

Feel free to have a wander around the campus, take it all in. The campus is beautiful and great for a relaxing walk. Take a look at our virtual tours, there’s lots of information about where you can find our facilities in each building. Ask around if you get lost, people will be more than happy to help, there is also a reception at every entrance within all of our buildings. Take a friend with you and break up the walk with a coffee in one of our buildings, there are Costa, Starbucks and general food areas in every building.


Meet our RGU:UNION

RGU:Union is the RGU’s Student Association. The Union is here to represent all RGU students to make your experience with us the best ever! They give guidnance and student support along with a wide range of societies and clubs, you might come across something you are interested in, if you cant see anything there – why not put forward an idea for your own society? The Union will be happy to help you set it up! Our student presidents are:

Michael Ife
President (Communication & Democracy)

Adam Johnston
Gavin Ritto
Get in touch with them if you have any enquiries about the Union and they will be happy to help! Follow the RGU:Union Facebook page for updates on events and activities they are hosting.

About our city

Aberdeen is a full of places to visit with its beautiful scenery, nightlife, parks, beaches restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues.
Nightlife: There are lots of places to chill out with friends or go on a night out. Here is a list of places you should try out in Aberdeen*

Around Belmont Street

Bar 99
The Tippling House
The Wild Boar
Ma Cameron’s
Triple Kirks
Old School House
Revolution de cuba
Slains Castle

Around Union Street

Bauhaus Hotel
Soul Bar
The Illicit Still
Six Degrees North
The Stag
The College Bar
Golden Square
Fusion Bar and Bistro
Under the Hammer
The Globe Inn

Queens Road and The West End

Dutch Mill Inn
The Albyn
Number 10 Tavern

Live music / late nights

The Lemon Tree
The Blue Lamp
The Comedy Club
Soul Casino
The Assembly
Café Drummond
The Tunnels
Triple Kirks and Exodus
Lane 7
Casc Bar

For whisky lovers

Whisky Snug at Malmaison
The Grill
Ferryhill House Hotel

If you are ever stuck for cash on a night out or get lost use our Safe Taxi Scheme to get home safe!
Aberdeen has 4 cinemas all within walking distance. The Vue is especially good as all tickets are just 4.99 at the time of publishing this blog! However, all the cinema’s in Aberdeen do student discount. The beach boulevard has an amusement park with bowling, cinema, arcade and lots of places to drink and eat! There is a golf course beside the beach along with ice rink and swimming baths. The beach is a great place for a long walk, run or cycle – you can go all the way along to the small town called Fittie which is a popular tourist destination. There is also a number of beautiful parks you can go to such as Duthie Park, Hazlehead Park and Johnston Gardens – all with amazing scenery! There are museums and galleries around Aberdeen to visit for those interested in history. Find out more about what you can do outside of campus on the RGU website and the RGU Student Blog!

Student advice and support

The Student Help Point is your ‘one-stop shop’ for all non-academic queries, support and advice. From travel to tuition fees, accommodation to application forms, finance to free time the Student Help Point can help, whether you are on campus or online. If you’re an international student they can assist with Visa information before you travel to Aberdeen, as well as with orientation and other help on arrival. Their Disability and Dyslexia Advice and Support service aims to make RGU’s learning environment accessible to everyone, as well as help students with specific support needs.

I can guarantee you will have the best time at RGU, don’t be shy! Get involved with as much as you can – You’re only a student once!


* Please note that the recommendations of businesses listed in this blog post belong solely to the author, and not to Robert Gordon University.

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