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      10.07.2012 19:35
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      For those thinking about Aberdeen - go! You will not regret it. You will have the time of your life!

      I am currently studying Law and ever since the open Day at the University of Aberdeen I knew that this was the best place to be. They were so welcoming to new prospective students and instantly made you feel at ease and like this was your home. Aberdeen is always in the top spots for studying law in Scotland and that was reaffirmed as soon as I started lectures and tutorials. The Lecturers and Tutors were not only friendly and always looking to help, they were clear experts and knew exactly what they were talking about. But of course this is just talking about the quality of the Law School.
      The location of the university is beautiful being in Old Aberdeen. Buildings like the Kings College and Elphinstone Hall are great looking old buildings, along with the cobbled streets. The lecturer threatres wish I was in was the biggest ones such as in MacRobert and the Arts lecture threatre and these were great and within a 5 minute walk of each other. A new library was just built and opened in the summer of 2011 which is absolutely spectacular. It is made of all glass, with 7 floors and is a great place to study during exam time with its late open hours. Of course there is also a very good separate law library with all the books and case reviews you could wish for.
      I stayed at Hillhead for first year accommodation and it was amazing and really made my first year at university. I stayed at New Carnegie Court and could not recommend it enough. The union pub is in Hillhead and a two minute walk away. There is also a Lidl down the hill where you could go for the weekly shop and affordable prices. Buses come into Hillhead roughly every 20 minutes which was great, providing a 5 minute journey to university when you couldn't be bothered walking the 10 minute journey through the beautiful Seaton Park! It would also take about 20-25 minutes to get into Union Street.
      For those going on a night out there is no competition to Aberdeen nightlife! From Hillhead it is about £12 to Union Street by Taxi and split between a few people is a very good price. There is many night clubs to chose from ranging from expensive to dirt cheap!

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      24.02.2010 17:37

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      Great science university

      Loved this Uni.
      Studied Biochemistry in the world renowned department, with real international standard researchers. The course was definitely designed around what industry and research bodies would want from a graduate. The only way I could have improved what I got out of my time at university would have been to undertake the optional year in industry between 3rd and 4th year.

      The facilities were fine, some were aging, but those are in the process of being updated and incredibly improved.

      I made some great friends at the university, and this was definitely helped by the University being in a busy and interesting city.

      One of the best departments of the university is the careers service. They help everyone at every point in their degree.

      It's a beautiful campus, gorgeous ancient buildings, with amazing history. But as well as this they have incredibly up to date facilities such as the Institue of Medical Science at Foresterhill hospital.

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      21.09.2008 08:31

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      An excellent place if you are prepared to work hard; no good for loafers

      When I first came north as an undergrad in Aberdeen University I took a wander through the old town, along the cobbled street with its eccentric side alleys, along the Chanonry to St Machar Cathedral, through Seaton Park to the Brig of Balgownie, then back to wonderful King's College, crown towered and golden - and fell in love with the university. I found the mood of the place perfect for study; my idea of what a university should be. I didn't find the place particularly cold and the welcome from my tutor was warm and entirely helpful. I thought the academic standard in my department was very good indeed and the head of department was a leading light in my field. If you are prepared to work and show genuine commitment, the opportunity to do very well is certainly there. I never came across racism; quite the reverse in fact. On the basis of my experience, which obviously isn't everybody's, I wholeheartedly recommend Aberdeen.

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      10.04.2008 00:24

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      I found the lecturers (computing science) xenophobic and racist.Overseas/African students go at your own peril

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      16.02.2007 00:25
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      beware

      Do Not Go !!!!I went to Aberdeen University to study Psychology in 2002. The Hillhead accommodation is a rip off and depressing, the union closed down, I couldn't get a seat in Lectures they obviously over booked the course, I got to second year and passed my psychology exams my grades weren't amazing but they were good passes but they wouldn't allow me into honours. I asked my advisor for some advice and he sent me this...
      Your possible plans seem to be

      1. Redo second year in the hope of boosting your performance in Psychologyto justify Honours entry (you would still need to pass other courses as wellin order to get up to the full credit count). This costs money, obviously.On the basis of your general performance in the University so far you haveto ask yourself whether it is at all likely that you will be successful inthis plan.

      2. Come back next year to try to get enough credits for an Ordinary degree(even lower grade than the Designated degree). You need another 80 creditpoints and at least one other subject at level 2

      3. Go into third year Psychology and hope to get a Designated degree. Thisisn't easy. You will have to get another 50 credit points at level 1 or 2and then 90 credits in level 3 Psychology (that's passing 3/4 of third yearPsychology). On the basis of your performance so far in the University, Iwould not give you much chance of achieving this - though you do have acouple of years in which to pile up the credits.

      4. Think of transfering to another institution. The main problem here, Iimagine, is that you have used up 2 years of money already and might not bewilling to afford another 3 years. Your only 'cheap' option would be to finda university or college that would admit you to (English) second year. Somepolys might admit you to 2nd year on the fairly solid basis of Aberdeenfirst and second year psychology. If you are thinking along these lines thenyou should probably speak to somebody in the Psychology department, whomight know where best to try. I'm ignorant of Psychology degrees.

      Sorry if that's all rather depressing,
      John

      They give you advisors who are ignorant of your degree subject not exactly inspiring, my best advice is BEWARE. I spoke to lots of students that had the same experience make sure you get the degree that you pay for.

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        16.02.2007 00:18
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        BEWARE choose course wisely

        Do Not Go !!!! Oh my god I went to Aberdeen University to study Psychology in 2002. The Hillhead accommodation is a rip off and depressing, the union closed down, I couldn't get a seat in Lectures they obviously over booked the course, I got to second year and passed my psychology exams my grades weren't amazing but they were good passes but they wouldn't allow me into honours. I asked my advisor for some advice and he sent me this...
        Your possible plans seem to be

        1. Redo second year in the hope of boosting your performance in Psychologyto justify Honours entry (you would still need to pass other courses as wellin order to get up to the full credit count). This costs money, obviously.On the basis of your general performance in the University so far you haveto ask yourself whether it is at all likely that you will be successful inthis plan.

        2. Come back next year to try to get enough credits for an Ordinary degree(even lower grade than the Designated degree). You need another 80 creditpoints and at least one other subject at level 2

        3. Go into third year Psychology and hope to get a Designated degree. Thisisn't easy. You will have to get another 50 credit points at level 1 or 2and then 90 credits in level 3 Psychology (that's passing 3/4 of third yearPsychology). On the basis of your performance so far in the University, Iwould not give you much chance of achieving this - though you do have acouple of years in which to pile up the credits.

        4. Think of transfering to another institution. The main problem here, Iimagine, is that you have used up 2 years of money already and might not bewilling to afford another 3 years. Your only 'cheap' option would be to finda university or college that would admit you to (English) second year. Somepolys might admit you to 2nd year on the fairly solid basis of Aberdeenfirst and second year psychology. If you are thinking along these lines thenyou should probably speak to somebody in the Psychology department, whomight know where best to try. I'm ignorant of Psychology degrees.

        Sorry if that's all rather depressing,
        John

        They give you advisors who are ignorant of your degree subject not exactly inspiring, my best advice is BEWARE. I spoke to lots of students that had the same experience make sure you get the degree that you pay for.

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          27.11.2006 16:47
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          Visit, and you'll not want to leave

          I was at Aberdeen for four years and thought it was a great university. The staff were mainly very friendly, and the further throught the course I got, the more supportive they became (with a few exceptions!).

          It is always hard choosing a university, so here are some of the best points about Aberdeen. First, the location. For me, it was the furthest I could get away from home without leaving Scotland. Great for preventing surprise parental visits when you are hung over. It is next to the coast and so great if you are into things like sailing or diving. It's also not far from climbing, walking and skiing in the Cairngorms. Secondly, Aberdeen is big enough to party in well, but not too big. The campus is closely packed, nothorribly spread out like some universities. This means more time off rather than running miles between lectures. It also saves on money -you can live on campus but walk to the shops, the park, the cinema, the beach,... For nights out, taxis are pretty reliable, but there are also night buses which stop off at all the halls. It's also a pretty old university by scottish standards and has a great reputation.

          The halls themselves are pretty standard. There are twomain areas for first years. Hillhead is cheap but grotty in places. Crombie-Johnstone is much nearer (i.e. right on) campus, and nicer but more expensive. If you want luxury Crombie rooms have their own shower in the main, but expect to be looked down on for not dossing with the rest of the students. Although guests are theoretically restricted at night, its relatively easy to sneak people in, particualry in a group. Same goes with parties, as long as you're not tooo loud and stay friends with the porters. If you're looking to rent theres plenty going, although not cheap due to lots of rich oil tycoons!

          Lectures vary as with all universities. Aberdeen has a good reputation for subjects like engineering, biology and languages. However, the work load varies drastially. Expect to be flat our most of the time doing medicine or most science subjects. Arts subjects are generally more relaxed.

          Finally, I recommend bringing a few vital things - a few shot glasses and pint glasses (saves you nicking them later on), lots of music (excepting any dodgy CDs you are still hanging onto) and an open mind.

          It may be grey in Aberdeen, but when the sun shines it a beautiful silver.

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            03.07.2001 21:42
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            I chose Aberdeen to study for my post-grad degree without much knowledge of the uni or the city itself. What a pleasant suprise I got!! Starting with the uni itself, the vast majority is in the one area - old Aberdeen. Here lies one major advantage over other city universities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow. At Aberdeen, you can walk just about anywhere and the only time you will usually want to get a bus is into the city centre. Old Aberdeen, filled with charm and history (the uni was estabilished in 1495), it really does make for pleasant surroundings. Among the most notable landmark is Kings College cathedral which is well worth a visit. It has to be said that there are also a lot of 'typical' grey and dull university buildings, the department of agriculture being one of them. The academic side of things as far as I'm concerned is great. And from what I can see in the league tables, we are in the top 20 unis in Britain and are the biggest risers last year - so that cant be bad. I think graduate employment is one particular strong point at perhaps around 97%? There is the usual wealth of student clubs and societies. The sports facilities are good, with a couple of gyms, swimming pools, an abundance of football and rugby pitches, tennis courts, use of an athletics track, etc. Perhaps the biggest negative point I would put on the university is the accommodation. It is expensive (but still cheaper than Edinburgh) with my self-catering hall, not including bills, costing me over £55 a week. And they are nothing special to live in either! I havent tried, but I would imagine the best option after 1st year is to rent a room with some friends in a house. As for the city itself. Nightlife is great - its big enough to be spoiled for choice but small enough that you know your way around and always bump into people you know when you are out on the bevy. Being next to the sea is a big bonus, with beautiful bea
            ches within walking distance. On occassions you think its warm enough to go into the water - its usually not! I have also been to the harbour and seen a large school of dolphins jumping around in the water - not to be missed! All in all, I highly recommend Aberdeen Uni with the only drawback being the accommodation. Otherwise, get here and enjoy the experience!!

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              28.10.2000 00:05
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              Yes, Aberdeen is one of the coldest places I have ever been in my life - possibly excluding the day I fell into a deep-freezer, but that's another story... Aberdeen is a fascinating blend of the old and thenot-so-new - King's College, where many of the arts lectures take place, is an architectural dream to look at, while Elphinstone Hall and the High Street of Old Aberdeen also have a sufficiently 'collegiate' atmosphere to satisfy even the most snobbish of students! The teaching is excellent - especially in my courses, modern languages, which was one of my main reasons for coming here. I am told that the medicine course is gaining recognition rapidly, and is catching up on even Glasgow and Edinburgh for popularity, while many other subjects come highly rated. The real strength of Aberdeen, though, is the atmosphere - it is the friendliest place I have encountered in my (relatively short) life - the nightlife is excellent, though perhaps just a tad limited, while if culture's your thing you'll be more than satisfied. And one more thing - how many other universities are practically on the beach? - you see?- Aberdeen is unique in just about every way.

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                02.08.2000 17:19
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                As a confirmed Southerner, I wasn't at all sure what to expect from Aberdeen when I arrived up here to start my degree. Things weren't made any clearer from my first few encounters with the natives, who seemed friendly enough, but appeared to speak Serbo-Croat. Linguistic difficulties aside, Aberdeen turns out to be a great place to be, it's small enough that you rapidly find it difficult to go out without bumping into loads of people you know, but big enough to have plenty of clubs, shops, theatres etc. to fill up the time when you're not in the pub. The weather is truly awful, but you do grow to appreciate the odd decent day, besides, how much time are you intending to spend gardening? The University is plonked on the edge of the city in Old Aberdeen which has the misfortune of having only two pubs (not many for 8,000 students), but that does mean that those two pubs are nice and cosy. Accomodation is very easy to find in Aberdeen, both in Halls and privately. Beware of the University as a landlord however, it has a terrible reputation for tying students into contractual stait-jackets which causes no end of tears. The teaching is generally good, but like all Universities, varies dramatically from department to department (check them out!), the big advantage is flexibility, the authorities are quite happy for you to bimble form course to course in it's modular structure until you've found something you like/are good at (unlikely to be the same thing!). So, would I come here again if I had the chance - well I'm still in Aberdeen (although I did get my degree, despite spending all that time in the pub), which is all I need to say really.

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