Living in Dundee

'Britain's Coolest Little City'

It's a great time to be a student here.

Dundee is going through the most ambitious cultural and physical development in a generation. The city's waterfront is part of the £1bn regeneration project including the amazing V&A Museum of Design. GQ Magazine correctly named Dundee 'Britain's Coolest Little City'. 

Oh and in 2021 it was voted in the top three of the most fun UK cities for students to live in!

Dundee City Centre

Creative - Compact - Cultured

Dundee is a city of contrasts - it's vibrant and cosmopolitan, but also friendly, compact and affordable.

It was the first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status. Plus Dundee has a rich history of innovation and creativity and has become a hub for the digital and gaming industries. 

(Image courtesy of Dundee City Council)

Group of people standing beside the Desperate Dan statue in Dundee City Centre

THE best place to live in Scotland (Sunday Times)

Dundee is the only city to make the top 10 twice!

The Sunday Times guide looked at employment, house prices, schools and 'community spirit'. It's a very safe, friendly place to live; just big enough to be a city, small enough for you to get around really easily.

We would add the huge amount of places to eat, pubs open till 3am, gigs from bands big and small and parks all over the city, you won't be disappointed.

Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city, with an average of 1,523 hours of sunshine per year. And not forgetting the fabulous views over the river Tay and beyond.


An Oor Wullie statue


‌Dundee's setting is probably more extraordinary than any other city in the UK. It is about as ideal as any setting could be.

- Stephen Fry, Actor.

Located on the bank of the River Tay, Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city.

We're just over an hour away from Edinburgh by train or car, and six hours by train from London. With an urban area of 67 square kilometers and a population of only 150,000, it's easy to get around Dundee and easy to get to know people!

(Image courtesy of Dundee City Council)

Food and Drink

Dundee's food and drink scene has taken off in recent years with new cafes, bars and restaurants popping up around the city.

Close to Abertay, you'll find outstanding Japanese, Thai, Mexican and Lebanese restaurants, as well as artisan coffee cafes and of course, some great pubs and bars.

(Image courtesy of Dundee City Council)

Male and female drinking coffee

Arts and Culture

Dundee is a city bubbling with art and culture.

Highlights include the Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), the McManus Galleries and our very own Hannah Maclure Centre.

The V&A Museum puts on amazing design exhibitions twice a year. The museum's imposing ship-like design, by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, is a nod to Dundee's maritime heritage.

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) in Dundee


Whether you like a cosy pub or a banging techno night, Dundee’s nightlife delivers. Our biggest nightclubs regularly host some of the UK’s most well-known DJs.

There are plenty of options if you like live music too, at popular venues such as Duke’s Corner, Church and Fat Sams.   

Lady in Bar One wearing a colorful hijab


Your student finances go further in Dundee!

A recent survey named Dundee the cheapest city in Scotland for students. The survey looked at things like the cost of accommodation and grocery shopping. Weekly household costs are roughly 20% lower than in London and 10% cheaper than the UK as a whole. In short, it’s inexpensive to live in this great wee city.

That extra bit of money in your pocket means more to spend enjoying Dundee's cultural scene, cafes and nightlife.

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