The city of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city and is home to a student population of over 29,000. The high volume of students and young people in the city means there is no shortage of options for a night out. Belmont Street and Union Street are the destinations of choice for a lively night out and feature many live music venues, bars and clubs. Snafu is a small nightclub on Union Street and is popular most days of the week. Wednesdays are particularly popular with students and the drinks are cheap! Snafu has a reputation for pushing the best up-and-coming DJ’s and nurturing local talent, so keep an eye on their website so as not to miss out.
There are four main venues in Aberdeen for live performance and concerts. The Music Hall hosts a variety of concerts and performances, from classical concerts to contemporary theatre and comedy. The Lemon Tree is located on West North Street and provides Aberdeen with an excellent alternative entertainment scene. The venue includes ‘The Lounge’, where bands and comedians perform, as well as ‘The Studio’, which is more of an intimate performance space and showcases theatre and dance productions.
Shoppers in Aberdeen can take refuge in one of the four main shopping areas in the city. Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centre is a large shopping centre in the heart of the city and is home to over 65 shops. The centre offers a range of high street names as well as smaller boutiques and specialised stores. Union Square is on Guild Street and features a similar selection of high street brands as well as a cinema and restaurants. Union Square often offers discounts for students at many of the shops and restaurants so don’t forget your NUS card!