I arrived in Aberdeen in 2017 when all the talk was about a new stadium and the ebb and flow of the oil and gas industry.
Against this background was me: a newcomer, a teenager from the north interested in exploring the city, with the desire to obtain a good degree from four years of study and embrace student life.
To achieve this, I pack my days with exciting new experiences. Each day is different. Whether you’re interested in social outings or cultural trips, Aberdeen has something for you.
Here are my favourite ways to spend a day in Aberdeen.
Get to know your campus a bit more by visiting Old Aberdeen, at the heart of the university, where King’s College (founded in 1495) is the focal point. Other attractions include Old Slains Castle, Marischal College, and a trip to Stonehaven for fish and chips.
If the weather’s nice, head down to Beach Esplanade and grab an ice cream with friends and, if you’re into nature, take a walk around Seaton Park.
One of my favorite things to do is eat out, and Aberdeen caters to all kinds of requirements. Dine locally at cafes such as Cup and Food Story, which delivers locally-sourced and healthy food at a reasonable price. Or you can enjoy your favourite chain restaurants - my personal favourite is the Italian restaurant Zizzi.
Explore Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea at the Maritime Museum, conveniently located with a view of the harbour. Make sure you visit the University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum, where there are a wide range of fascinating displays to be seen. And if you’re an art lover, Aberdeen Art Gallery is full of incredible art and recently underwent a £30 million redevelopment.
Let off some steam at the indoor inflatable theme park Innoflate - they even have an adults only bounce session to release your inner child. Aberdeen also has a trampoline park called Jump In, with student sessions offering 2-for-1 deals. Thrill seekers can also enjoy Codona’s Amusement Park, which has been open for around 50 years.
Since it’s often raining in Aberdeen, indoor entertainment is an important part of the social and cultural experience. If you’re looking for something cultural, watch a local play at His Majesty’s Theatre or see a concert at the AECC exhibition centre. For a more intimate music venue, try the Lemon Tree.