Aberdeen for students\r\n\r\nScotland’s third-largest city after Glasgow and Edinburgh, Aberdeen is nicknamed ‘The Granite City’ for its frequent use of local gray granite across its buildings. A historical port city, Aberdeen drops one place this year to rank =68th in the world.\r\n\r\nAberdeen’s frequently been ranked as one of the happiest and most liveable cities in the UK, and, while it’s colder than much of the rest of the UK, it’s also one of Scotland’s sunniest cities.\r\n\r\nAberdeen’s been well-received by its current students, who commented in our survey that “Everything is very student-friendly” and it has a “Friendly atmosphere, very low crime rate, and pleasant weather”. One student noted, “you feel safe wherever you are.”\r\n\r\nBest ranked universities in Aberdeen – QS Best Student Cities ranking: =68th \r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld ranking\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=220\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Aberdeen\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t801-1000\r\n\t\t\tRobert Gordon University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Aberdeen\r\n\r\nRegardless of which university you might prefer, there\u0027s a lot more to Aberdeen than granite buildings and a historical port. Let\u0027s take a look at some specifics.\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t2\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Aberdeen (ranked =220nd)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t250,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t US$17,500\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t57th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t111th \r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=68th \r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Mix rank\r\n\t\t\t42nd \r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Voice rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t59th \r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy study in Aberdeen?\r\n\r\nLow cost of living\r\n\r\nIn comparison to other UK cities, such as London and Brighton, Aberdeen has a low cost of living, despite its average performance in the affordability indicator.\r\n\r\nVibrant nightlife\r\n\r\nThe city is one of the only two places in Scotland that has earned the Purple Flag award, signifying that the city’s nightlife is entertaining, diverse and safe.\r\n\r\nHistoric landscape\r\n\r\nThe University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and is the third oldest university in Scotland. Aberdeenshire itself contains castles that were used as inspiration for Dracula.\r\n\r\nPlenty of culture\r\n\r\nWith museums, theater, festivals, and galleries, there’s always plenty to do in Aberdeen.\r\n\r\nCost of studying in Aberdeen\r\n\r\nWhile the city can’t be called cheap to live in compared to other cities around the world, it does have the best score for affordability in the UK, thanks to lower living costs than other British destinations.\r\n\r\nFor example, the average cost of accommodation (a one-bedroom apartment) in Aberdeen is £607 (approximately US$787 per month compared to Manchester where the average cost is £823 (approximately US$1,067) per month.\r\n\r\nLife \u0026 culture in Aberdeen\r\n\r\nBig enough to get the ‘big city’ study experience and have plenty to do, but not so large that it’s overwhelming, Aberdeen offers the ideal spot for mixing vibrant city life with exploring miles of nearby countryside and coastlines.\r\n\r\nWhile Aberdeen’s position in the north-east makes it quite remote, it’s also very well-connected to other cities in the UK, with extensive air and rail links.\r\n\r\nAberdeen is the educational center of northeastern Scotland, and there’s a large population of students (about 22,500) from a variety of nationalities – 132 are represented at Robert Gordon University, which helps to give the city its strong score for student mix in our best cities ranking.\r\n\r\nCareer in Aberdeen\r\n\r\nThere are plenty of opportunities for students and graduates to find work in Aberdeen. The city’s been praised for its flourishing economy, with Paymentsense recently naming Aberdeen as the best place in the UK to launch a business start-up, thanks to its strong roots in industries such as fishing, textiles, and shipbuilding. \r\n\r\nThose looking to stay in the UK after university can apply for a post study visa (PSA) which allows you to stay in the UK and look for work related to your degree for up to two years after graduation.