5 things to do as a student in Aberdeen

Whether you’re living in Aberdeen for the first time or already live in our sparkling city, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in between attending university and studying. We’re talking epic outdoor adventures, delicious local food and drink, insta-worthy castles, year-round festivals and events, and of course, a vibrant nightlife scene!

Here are just five of our top things you can do in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as an RGU student this academic year:

1. Try the RGU ice cream at Mackie’s 19.2

Mackie’s 19.2 parlour

For one week only from 9 – 16 October 2022, you can try the RGU ‘Fruits of the Forest’ ice cream at at Mackie’s 19.2. RGU staff and students can enjoy a 30% discount off any ice cream and food ordered during the offer period*. Mackie’s 19.2 in Marischal Square, Aberdeen, is Mackie’s of Scotland’s first, and only, ice cream parlour – named for it being 19.2 miles from the Mackie’s ice cream farm. Serving up a huge variety of classic and exclusive flavours which change year-round, it’s a ‘cool’ place to check out between your studies! Look out for the RGU ice cream, give it a try and let us know what you think using #RGUicecream.

*Offer only available to RGU students and staff. Valid RGU student or staff ID must be presented at time of purchase to claim 30% discount. Offer valid from 9-16 October 2022. Offer excludes ice cream cakes, drinks and alcohol.

2. Take on an outdoor adventure

Paddleboarding in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

There are epic outdoor adventures to enjoy in Aberdeen and nearby Aberdeenshire. Try surfing city centre waves, paddle boarding through sea coves, bagging Munros in the Cairngorms National Park, hitting the slopes at Snowsports Centres, or even conquering challenging cycling terrains.

3. Go on an Instagram-worthy castle trail

Dunnottar castle from Old Hall Bay, near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Have you heard that Aberdeenshire is known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country’? Visit Dunnottar Castle – a dramatic castle ruin just 20 minutes from RGU or Balmoral Castle – the famous Scottish holiday home of the British Royal Family. Learn more in our blog “My favourite Castles in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire”.

4. Fall in love with our sparkling city

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Enjoy foodie and drink experiences, a lively nightlife scene, outdoor activities, an inspiring art gallery and interesting museums. And in addition to Aberdeen’s very own mile-long beach, you can explore parks and gardens and picture-perfect old towns.

5. Be entertained all year round

Image credit: Anthony Mooney / Gerry Cinnamon, P&J Live

Celebrate our rich local culture and see famous faces live on stage, as this corner of Scotland is alive with energetic festivals and events. Keep an eye on VisitAberdeenshire – What’s On guide for full event listings.


This is just a snapshot of the adventures you can have in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as an RGU student. Find out even more about what there is to see and do at www.rgu.ac.uk/aberdeen.

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