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'Britain's coolest little city'

- GQ Magazine

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Creative - Compact - Cultured

Dundee is a city of contrasts.

It's vibrant and cosmopolitan, but also friendly, compact and affordable.

The first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status, Dundee has a rich history of innovation and creativity, and, in recent years, has become a hub for the digital industries.

The city's waterfront is currently undergoing a £1bn regeneration project, which will include the impressive V&A Museum of Design. As a student at Abertay, you will be living in Dundee during the most ambitious cultural and physical development in a generation.

It's an exciting time to be in Dundee.


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

We're just over an hour away from Edinburgh by train or car. Six hours on a train to London. And just a two-hour plane flight to Amsterdam. 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!



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

Arts and Culture

Dundee is city bubbling with art and culture.

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

Due to be completed in 2018, the V&A Museum will bring the most exciting design and decorative art exhibitions to Dundee. The museum's imposing ship-like design, the work of renowned architect Kengo Kuma, is a nod to Dundee's maritime heritage.

Food and drink

Dundee's food and drink scene has taken off in recent years with dozens of 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 pizza place Project Pie, created by Abertay graduate and entrepreneur Niall Howard.

Dundee also has some unique guilty pleasures on offer such as a fudge donut from Fisher and Donaldson or, for braver students, a late-night 'helicopter' roll from Clark's 24 Hour Bakery.


Whether you like a cosy pub or a banging techno night, Dundee’s nightlife delivers. Dundee’s biggest nightclub regularly hosts some of the UK’s most well-known DJs. There’s also plenty of options for those that like live music, including Clarks on Lindsay Street, Duke’s Corner and Buskers.


You’ll find high street favourites in Dundee’s Overgate Shopping Centre. With its impressive glass frontage, it’s the only single-sided shopping mall in Europe. The city also has plenty of cool independent shops, including Dundee institution Groucho’s Record Shop.

The great outdoors

With its stunning waterfront, fantastic parks and easy access to beautiful countryside, Dundee is the perfect base for lovers of the great outdoors. Nearby Broughty Ferry Beach offers plenty of water sports, along with a castle! For those looking for drier adventures, the Glen Clova valley is under an hour to the north of Dundee; an area with stunning scenery, beautiful walks and great cycle routes.

Abertay students and staff recommend...

Dimitar Danailov

Game Design & Production Management

Project Pie

‘Project Pie is great! Make sure you go on a Tuesday when it’s 2 for 1 on pizzas.’

Torsten Matze

Exchange and Study Abroad Officer

Tentsmuir Forest and National Nature Reserve

'Day out for nature lovers: definitely Tentsmuir. Beautiful beach and sightings of seals are pretty much guaranteed between March and October.'

Marnie Stirling


The Tinsmith

'Tinsmith is an awesome wee pub with massive servings of food at cheap prices.'

Claire MacEachen

Academic Curriculum Manager

Sailing on the Tay

'Whether you want to go racing, cruising or just messing about on the river, a good place to start for beginners or the more experienced is the Royal Tay Yacht Club.'

Sam McCreadie


Clark’s Bakery

'The 24-hour bakery deserves its own section - vital to student life.'

Gillian Hunter

Residences Officer

The Salty Dog

'The Salty Dog (attached to The Pillars) is a popular gay bar, along with Klozet.'

Adam Sampson

Head of Division, Computing and Maths

Fisherman's Tavern

'I recommend the traditional music sessions at the Fisherman's Tavern in Broughty Ferry on Thursday nights. Starts around 8.30pm and finishes sometime after midnight.'

Rob Small

Computer Arts

The Auld Tram

'Yes, the Auld Tram! Ol' John can make a sandwich the size of your face!'