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Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city. Is everything a student city should be and more! Historic, international, fashionable and friendly, Aberdeen is the perfect place to live and study.

Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city. Is everything a student city should be and more! Historic, international, fashionable and friendly, Aberdeen is the perfect place to live and study. Aberdeen has also been voted the best place to be a student in the UK by a leading accommodation website.

Population: 220.420

Aberdeen is probably closer than you think. Cheap and regular air, rail and bus connections will get you around Scotland, the UK and further afield in no time.

The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles have been overtaken by the oil industry and Aberdeen's seaport. Aberdeen Heliport is one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world and the seaport is the largest in the north-east of Scotland.

Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom competition a record-breaking ten times and hosts the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, a major international event which attracts up to 1000 of the most talented young performing arts companies.

In 2012, Mercer named Aberdeen the 56th most liveable city in the World, as well as the fourth most liveable city in Britain. In 2012, HSBC named Aberdeen as a leading business hub and one of eight 'super cities' spearheading the UK's economy, marking it as the only city in Scotland to receive this accolade.

Source: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/home/SiteInformation.asp

Aberdeen features an oceanic climate, statistically it is the coldest city in the UK. During the winter, especially throughout December, the length of the day is very short, averaging 6 hours and 40 minutes between sunrise. 

 As winter progresses, the length of the day grows fairly quickly, to 8 hours and 20 minutes by the end of January.

Around summer solstice, the days will be around 18 hours long, having 17 hours and 57 minutes between sunrise and sunset. Temperatures at this time of year will be typically hovering around 17.0 °C (62.6 °F) during the day in most of the urban area, though nearer 16.0 °C (60.8 °F) directly on the coast, and around 18.0 to 19.0 °C (64.4 to 66.2 °F) in the westernmost suburbs.

The optimal time to visit Aberdeen is during the summer (June to August). However, a host of festivals between March and May make spring the peak travel season. 

Source: http://www.weather-and-climate.com/weather-links

The network of transportation in Aberdeen is widespread and complex like that of any major city. 

Buses: Bus services form the main public transportation system in Aberdeen. Most city buses are operated privately by FirstGroup via their subsidiary First Aberdeen.

Trains: There is no Underground, Metro or tram system in Aberdeen. ScotRail operates trains from Aberdeen north to Dyce and Inverurie and south to Portlethen and Stonehaven (these routes are part of long distance train services rather than just for local travellers).

If travelling to Aberdeen by train, it is worth buying a "Plusbus" day ticket at the same time as buying a train ticket - this allows local bus travel (and is cheaper than buying a day ticket in Aberdeen).

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)    2.50 £   

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)    65.00 £

Source: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/transport...transport/put

Here are some things you can do and places you can visit.

Cruickshank Botanic Gardens: Located on the King's College campus in Old Aberdeen, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit and contain displays of interesting alpine and sub-tropical collections, as well as a delightful rock and water garden.

Craigievar Castle: This delightful castle with its small towers, crowstepped gables, round oriel windows, quaint conical roofs, ornamental stone cannons and decorative zigzag console is proof that fairytales do come true. 

The Aberdeen International Youth Festival: This annual 10-day festival features daily performances by amateur groups from around the world. Although all artists are under 23, performances are always of the highest quality and includes everything from opera, orchestral, choral and chamber concerts, to dance and theatrical performances, as well as art exhibitions.

The Cairngorms: Britain's tallest and largest mountain range, the Cairngorms are home to the country's largest expanses of native forests and are widely regarded as one of Scotland's most stunning places of natural beauty. 

Aberdeen Maritime Museum: Located in the interesting old 16th century Provost Ross's House, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum boasts an excellent collection of models, photos and paintings documenting the development of the Dee estuary's port, as well as the tough life of the whale-hunters, herring fishermen and North Sea traders. 

Source: www.scotsman.com/.../25-things-to-do-in-aberdeen-

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