Getting around Aberdeen
Local bus transport in Aberdeen is good, but
Participants at the summer school who wish to explore the city centre,
or who choose a hotel some distance from the university, will find
buses useful, but the participants will not need buses to move around
the campus. At present, the fare from the university to the city
centre is £1.30. Special
available to everyone, but student discounts are available only to students
of Aberdeen educational institutions.
Using the city buses (First Bus Company) to get from the train
to the campus is not simple for those unfamiliar with the city, so on
first arrival it may be better to use a taxi (or a Stagecoach bus - see
There is a taxi rank at the train station/bus station. A taxi to the campus
will cost about 5 pounds, to Hillhead Halls about 7 pounds.
The out-of-town buses (run by
all start/end their routes
at the bus-station, which is adjacent to the train station. Hence, one
cheap way to get from the train station to the campus (but not to the Hillhead
Halls) is to catch a Stagecoach bus whose route goes up King Street towards
Bridge of Don, getting off at the Regent Walk stop (see
the university campus map).
Suitable routes include
250, 260, 263, 267, 268; this should cost no more than £1.00.
(If you are really trying to get from the train station to Hillhead Halls
on a low budget, take a Stagecoach bus to the part of King Street just north of
St Machar Drive, location (1) on
this map, and then a number 20 First bus heading out of town to
the Hillhead terminus.
This could be tiresome, but it is cheap.)
(See the Travel page for ways to travel to
Lunches can be purchased by individuals at facilities on or near the
campus. There are a few snack bar/coffee shops on campus,
some shops less than 5 minutes' walk away
sell sandwiches and snacks, and a nearby pub sells pub meals.
The two main resources are the campus food court, based in
The Hub, where a variety of types of food can be
purchased, self-service, and the Eat at Johnson refectory,
a standard university self-service canteen, located next to
Participants will be given guest user accounts (with restricted
facilities) on the local computer system, and there will be access
to a room with PCs running web browsers.
It will be possible for participants to use the
university library (the main
Queen Mother Library, is adjacent to the Meston Building). Access
will be limited to reading and reference: no use of computer networks
or electronic databases will be permitted, and books cannot be
borrowed. Participants who wish to get access should take proof of
identity, including address, to the library front desk, where an
access pass will be issued. Students should bring proof of their