Whether you come from far or live just around the corner of our Garthdee Campus, starting university is always an exciting experience! A whole new chapter of your life opens at RGU, with endless possibilities. Despite the excitement, this can be a daunting time.
That’s why we have created this page especially for you! Here, you will find a collection of blogs sharing experiences of new RGU students, as well as useful resources and tips to help you settle in at university and in Aberdeen if you’re new to the city. Browse our blogs to start your journey with confidence.
RGU alumna Marisa discusses 5 things she wish she knew before starting university, covering allareas from using the bus services to making friends with locals.
Whether it’s a stroll down the riverside or a study session on the top floor of the library, RGU’s Garthdee Campus has something for everyone. Learn more about our facilities, the history of our buildings and the must see places to visit on campus.
International student Oliva moved to Aberdeen to study a master’s at RGU. She shares how she took advantage of the support at RGU to adapt to her new environment, and how the university’s support services helped her academically and personally.
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…
Moving to a new country and having to adapt to a new culture can be nerve-wracking. To help you settle in Aberdeen, we asked international students at RGU their top tips on how to make the Granite City your home away from home.
Moving into RGU accommodation is a great choice as you will meet plenty of other students who are on the same journey as you are! RGU student Frankie shares five tips to make the most out of your time in student halls.
Moving away from home and making friends at University can be a daunting idea. Research shows it takes about 40 to 60 hours to create a casual friendship, 80 to 100 hours to develop an established friendship, and about 200 hours to become “good friends.”
As an international student moving to or living in Aberdeen, you might wonder if you will be able to cook traditional food from your home country. RGU student Ibidunni Awe, from Nigeria, shares a few tips on where to find African food in Aberdeen, which may be easier than you thought!
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To celebrate Student Volunteering Week 2022, Student Development and Volunteer Co-ordinator Euan Walker answers our questions about volunteering while studying at RGU.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year we asked RGU students and graduates to let us know why they are in love with Aberdeen. From its beautiful beach to its vibrant social life, here are all the reasons to love the Granite City.
RGU welcomes 16,000 students every year from over 150 countries. First-year student Muyang He moved from China to Aberdeen last September to obtain a degree in Fashion Management at RGU. She discusses choosing to move abroad and shares her experience as a new student in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have a rich history, with unique attractions, landmarks and locations. While studying at RGU, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore the city and the region. To help you start, here is a list of surprising facts that will inspire you to embark on your own Aberdeen adventure!
Master’s student Jhulia moved from Brazil to come study in Aberdeen and has been living in Ramsay Development, one of RGU’s student accommodation sites. She shares her experience moving into a new home and the benefits of living in halls.
Priscilla moved from Nigeria to Aberdeen to study a master’s in Pharmacy and has since been learning new skills and boosting her employability by taking advantage of the opportunities available at RGU.
Stay in touch with all things RGU
During your time at university, we will regularly communicate with you to make sure you have the best experience possible. Here are the main channels we will use to provide you with the information you need, or want, to know:
- ✉️ Emails. This will be your main method of communication, especially with lecturers and support staff. Don’t forget to check your inbox daily to avoid missing important news.
- 💻 CampusMoodle. The platform provides easy access to learning resources, such as course and module information.
- 📰 The Student Bulletin. This weekly newsletter comes straight into your student inbox and gives you all the latest RGU news, as well as tips and insights from fellow students.
- 🗪 Social media. We are active on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Don’t hesitate to follow us to see how fun our community is!
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