Study Abroad at Scotland's University of Aberdeen with Arcadia University

University of Aberdeen
Housing Information

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The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, guarantees you accommodation in a hall of residence or student flat. Although you can indicate a preference for catered or self-catered housing (with or without a meal plan), the accommodation office makes final housing assignments, specific requests cannot be guaranteed. University regulations require that you contract to remain in your assigned housing for the full duration of your program. Past participants often recommend self-catered housing versus catered housing. Meal hours and food selection in catered halls are restricted.

Types of Housing

Most accommodation at Aberdeen has the following features:

  • Single-study bedrooms are equipped with a wash basin (sink).
  • Bedrooms are equipped with shared bathrooms.
  • Men and women are housed in separate sections of halls.
  • The major halls are centrally heated and have many facilities including laundry facilities, game rooms and other common rooms, shops and snack bars, and sick bays.

From the student village at Hillhead there is a frequent bus service to the main campus at Old Aberdeen, to Marischal College and the City center. The residences vary in distance from campus, so you should expect up to a 10-20 minute walk from your housing to classes.

Type 1 - Self-catered Flats:

If you are assigned to a self-catered residence, you will be able to cook and prepare your own meals. There are large supermarkets available for you to purchase food inexpensively. Flats consist of single-study rooms with shared bathrooms, and a shared kitchen that is fully equipped with basic appliances. Cutlery and crockery are not included but can be purchased inexpensively in Aberdeen. All utilities (except phone bill) are covered in your rent, which is paid by Arcadia University College of Global Studies.
There are groups of self-catered flats at Hillhead Halls with approximately 1150 total student residents which include: North House and South House.

Type 2 - Catered Halls (Meal-plan must be purchased):

Catered halls generally provide breakfast and dinner six days a week, and brunch on Sundays. Students should budget separately for the meals not provided by the meal plan. There are small pantries available for students to prepare food for themselves at times when no meals are offered in the dining halls. Self-catered flats are highly recommended (see above).

Meal Plan Surcharge

If your housing assignment requires a meal plan, the appropriate fee will be charged to your account and sent to the billing address you have indicated on your application after your program begins. Please see Arcadia’s fee schedule for detailed information about this surcharge.

Internet Access
Each bedroom within University of Aberdeen student accommodation has wireless internet access. Further information is available at

Linens and Laundry

You must supply and launder your own bed-linen and towels. Token operated laundry facilities are available in each hall or flat complex for students to do their personal laundry. Tokens are available from the caretaker.

Housing Between Terms and During Breaks

If you would like to remain in residence during part or all of a long break (winter break or spring break), the cost will be covered by Arcadia University. Only full year students are eligible for housing over winter holiday. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements with the accommodations officer and for paying the appropriate fees. You may then submit your receipt to the Arcadia Edinburgh office for reimbursement. You may be asked to change rooms. If you do not wish to remain in residence over break, you may be asked to store your belongings. Storage facilities will be available to you.