Aberdeen is unusual for a big-city university in having a lot of student accommodation within walking distance of its main teaching site. There is a choice of University-managed halls and privately-owned and managed halls, all situated within easy walking distance of the campus.
Information regarding applying for accommodation will be sent to all students who firmly accept an offer of a place. The University-managed accommodation houses approximately 3,000 students and all single, new students are guaranteed a place, as long as they apply by the stated deadline. If you are a late applicant, we will try to find a place for you, though we cannot guarantee that you will be allocated University accommodation. The University does not have family accommodation but we can provide a list of local Solicitors & Estate Agents who may be able to assist you in acquiring suitable accommodation. Alternatively, the Students Association advertises private accommodation and further information can be obtained at http://www.ausa.org.uk/.
The Halls of Residence are a mixture of individual rooms within houses or flats, available on a catered and self-catered basis. All University halls of residence have full wireless (WIFI) internet access.
Crombie-Johnston Halls, at the heart of the campus, accommodates approximately 400 first-year students in single study-bedrooms, on a catered/meals provided basis, with facilities for disabled.
Elphinstone Road flats are also on campus, only a few minutes walk from the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Elphinstone Road consists of 120 single study bedrooms, organised into flats for 3 – 7 residents with shared kitchen and other facilities per flat. This residence is usually reserved for postgraduate/mature students.
Hillhead Halls, a 20 minute walk from campus, is the student village on the bank of the River Don. All the accommodation at Hillhead is self-catering with a mixture of en-suite and standard rooms with facilities for disabled students. Student facilities include a shop, social space, bar, launderettes, floodlit all-weather tennis courts and a football pitch. A frequent bus service runs to the main campus and the city centre.
Similar to Elphinstone Road flats, North Court has a designated postgraduate block.
Up-to-date information on University accommodation, including costs, is available from the Student Accommodation Office.
The University's accommodation strategy continues to raise the quality of student accommodation to a standard which will seriously compete with accommodation at any other British institution. The first phase of the project comprised of a new four-storey development with 520 ensuite bedrooms and a refurbishment of 480 existing bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Now that this phase is complete, the University plans to refurbish the remaining accommodation throughout the Campus.
Students who do not want to stay in Halls of Residence can choose from a wide range of alternative accommodation throughout the city. There are lodgings available in all parts of Aberdeen and the Students' Association can provide a list of Solicitors and Estate Agents on request.
If you need information or advice when you're living in Halls of Residence, help is at hand from our Community Liaison Officer, suported by a team of Student Residents' Assistants (SRAs). Their job is to ensure your well-being and to help you get the most out of communal life. They can help you with queries or concerns and also organise social events to help you settle in and get to know people.