The City of Dundee

A high quality of living, green spaces, and excellent transport links make Dundee a great place to live and work.

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“Coolest little city”

Dundee was named the best place to live in Scotland by The Sunday Times, 2019


Map of the UK with Dundee's location

Dundee occupies a stunning position on the east coast of Scotland, overlooking the River Tay where in summer dolphins can be seen playing.

The city and its surrounds offer a high quality of living; city life combined with wide open spaces.

“Joining the University of Dundee has broadened my horizons and the city centre location is brilliant.”

Sabaruddin-Smith, Lecturer in Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship Programme), School of Science and Engineering

Dundee and the River Tay

Across the River Tay to Dundee from Fife

Dundee is friendly and compact. With a population of 150,000 it is small enough to walk round but has all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect in a much larger city.

Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design and with the opening of the only V&A museum outside of London has a growing reputation as a creative centre. The Wall Street Journal placed Dundee among their top ten places to visit in 2018, while GQ said it is ‘becoming Britain’s coolest little city’. The best of Scotland is easily accessible from Dundee. You can take part in watersports on the Tay in the morning, climb a mountain in the afternoon and still have time to return for a show at Dundee Rep, home to Scotland’s leading theatre ensemble, in the evening.

Dundee is a post-industrial city that has worked hard to reinvent itself. The University is a key economic driver for prosperity and we’re involved in many partnerships across the city in areas such as social, education, cultural, business and the voluntary sector. We have strong links with the City Council, other local authorities, Scottish Enterprise Tayside (the local economic development company), NHS Tayside and range of other local and national bodies in Scotland and the UK.

Students outside the V&A Dundee

The V&A Dundee

A safe city

Dundee is also one of the safest cities in the UK, ranked 2nd safest city in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2021.

An international community

Like the University, Dundee is international and multicultural. It is home to residents from many countries and ethnic groups. Within easy reach of the campus, you will find specialist food shops such as Chinese, Indian, Polish and Russian supermarkets, as well as halal butchers. The major UK supermarkets also stock a wide range of international food.

There are places of worship for many faiths, including Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, plus many Christian denominations.

Local schools are well equipped to support children for whom English is a second language.


Some of our partners include:

V&A Dundee

Dundee’s stunning waterfront along the River Tay is being extensively developed, including the new V&A Dundee - Scotland’s design museum, an iconic building designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma.

James Hutton Institute

We collaborate and have joint appointments with the world-leading research institute for land, crops, water and the environment – the James Hutton Institute. This is also home to one of the exciting Tay City Deal's developments creating the International Barley Hub and state of the art plant growth facilities.

NHS Tayside

Home to one of the largest teaching hospitals in the world, our connections to Ninewells Hospital provide rich opportunities for clinical research and access to large datasets.

Dundee Science Centre

Dundee Science Centre acts as a key agent in providing lifelong learning to our local communities.

Dundee & Angus College

Providing learning opportunities at all learning stages. Our close connections with Dundee & Angus College offer partnership routes into some of our undergraduate degree programmes.

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