Dundee is a dynamic and multicultural city, with a real buzz about it. It's recently been described as "Britain’s coolest little city" (GQ Magazine) and we're excited about the many changes and developments currently taking place.
Dundee is Scotland's fourth largest city and has a population of about 150,000. The people of Dundee are famously friendly and open, and the relatively small size and close-knit community make the city both affordable to live in and a safe place to be.
Your money will go further at Dundee. We're in the top 10 of the most cost-effective cities in the UK, according to the RBS Student Living Index (2016).
Our students pay well below the national average for rent, and weekly expenditure on going out is also lower than average.
Where we are
Dundee is in an idyllic location hugging the banks of the River Tay Estuary. Did you know that we have more hours of sunshine, the purest air quality and more green spaces than any other Scottish city?
Situated on the east coast, we are at the heart of Scotland's road and rail network, putting spectacular scenery, skiing, mountain climbing and sailing within easy reach.
Scotland's four main airports also make it easy (and affordable) to reach the main centres of the UK and Europe, and the new Dundee-Amsterdam route opens up even more possibilities for travel.
Edinburgh - 1hr 10mins
Glasgow - 1hr 30mins
Manchester - 5hrs
London - 6hrs
Scottish airport flights to...
Amsterdam - 1hr 25 mins
Paris - 1hr 45 mins
London - 1hr
Arts and Culture
There's a lot to do in Dundee and thanks to the fact that the University is in the city centre, it's right there on your doorstep. You'll find the major cultural centres of Dundee Contemporary Arts and the Dundee Rep Theatre, as well as the McManus Galleries, the RRS Discovery (the ship built in 1901 for Captain Scott who travelled to the Antarctic), Dundee Science Centre, Transport Museum, the Frigate Unicorn and much more.
The V&A Dundee Museum of Design, part of the £1 billion Waterfront project, opened in 2018. Designed by the renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, it will bring the best in international design and blockbuster exhibitions to Scotland.
We are also very proud to have been named a finalist for the UK City of Culture 2017 and became the UK's first UNESCO City of Design in 2014.
You'll find plenty of nods to Dundee's maritime heritage throughout the city - including the Frigate Unicorn which will form part of the regenerated Waterfront
Dundee offers a fantastic night out with lots of late night bars and clubs right on the doorstep of the city campus. Duke’s Corner is a perennial student favourite and a great place to sample the booming live music scene. The Tinsmith is a great place to watch sport and the Underground is a contemporary club with an eclectic playlist, staying open until 3am on a Friday and Saturday. The Phoenix, the Speedwell and the George Orwell are some of the West End’s cosy traditional pubs with a great selection of drinks and a friendly Scottish welcome.
Venture further into central Dundee, just a few minutes away from campus, and you’ll find BrewDog, which serves its famous Scottish craft beers in the beautiful royal exchange building. The Wine Press is another great addition to the newly-buzzing waterfront area.
I love all the live music venues that there are in Dundee. Every single night of the week there will be an open mike night somewhere, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday you’ll have a different band playing at a different venue around the city. That variety right on your doorstep is amazing.
4th year Forensic Anthropology student
Food and drink
Dundee’s food scene is getting better and better. The last few years have seen a wave of new restaurants, cafés and eateries opening and you will have lots of choice when it comes to deciding where to grab a bite to eat.
We have restaurants from all over the world. As well as top Indian, Italian and Chinese food, we have a few more exotic offerings such as two sushi restaurants right next to campus, entertaining teppanyaki at Kobee, delicious Mexican food from Rancho Pancho, and Dim Sum to die for from the Manchurian.
Laid-back cafés such as Avery & Co and Café Rodi are just a few steps away from the campus, and if it's fast food you're after, Five Guys and Nando’s will satisfy your cravings. At the fancier end of things, Castlehill serves contemporary Scottish cuisine - a great place to visit when someone else is treating you. The D’Arcy Thompson is a restaurant right next door to the University and the stylish interior is inspired by the work of Dundee’s pioneering biology professor D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson.
Project Pie chose Dundee as its first European branch - that's how much we love pizza!
Dundee has plenty of shops to keep you stocked up. The Overgate and Wellgate are our two big shopping centres with many big-name shops such as Debenhams, Zara, H&M, Next, Boots and Primark.
We aren’t short of small, quirky independent retailers either. Heartspace Wholefoods, linked with Heart Space Yoga, sells delicious ethically-sourced food and juice and caters for all diets. We also have independent fashion shops such as Missy Lala’s Boutique, Rosy Tuesday Boutique and Isolated Heroes, who have dressed Paloma Faith, Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen.
Groucho's Record Store is a Dundee institution
Parks and recreation
Dundee is an exceptionally green city with more green space per head of population than anywhere in the UK. If you climb up Balgay Hill, you'll be rewarded with a view of the stars from Dundee's first purpose-built observatory, the Mills Observatory.
Head across the Tay to Fife and you can visit the beautiful Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve with its stunning forest and beach. Look for seal pups hauled out on the sand, red squirrels in the trees and majestic sea eagles in the skies.
There's so much to do in Dundee that you might never want to leave! But if you do want to explore the rest of Scotland, you'll find mountains, lochs and glens all within easy reach, and the historic city of Edinburgh only just over an hour away by train. Find out more about Scotland's many attractions from Visit Scotland »
The city has a total of 59 parks so it's easy to find peace and quiet
Dundee is a developing city, and that means there's a lot of opportunities for students. I think that through all this work it will be the students that benefit most. It’s the coolest small city in the UK. It’s a great size that means you can always find your friends, you can commute anywhere easily, and there’s always somewhere to party. There’s beautiful views across the Tay, and from the top of the Law. There’s also loads of great parks and green space across the city, which is excellent as we’re the sunniest place in Scotland!
3rd year, LLB English Law
The city is a great size, you don’t need to get public transport to go anywhere unlike most other cities. You can walk or cycle anywhere, and it’s close enough to nature that you can get out if you want to. There’s a great city life with pubs and clubs and everything. I absolutely love all the redevelopments, I live near the City Quay and I’ve been able to follow all the work when I go running every night. The new bridge to Tesco is also fantastic!
Current student, BSc Anatomical Sciences