The best places to live in Aberdeen

The decision on where to live in Aberdeen will have a significant impact on an expat's overall experience of the city. Various factors may affect this choice, including budget, the size and type of available properties, proximity to work, shopping and entertainment facilities, and access to road links and public transport.

For expats relocating to Aberdeen with a family, living in a neighbourhood with access to good schools will be a priority, especially as admission to local government-funded schools is based on a student’s residential address.

Below we list some of the best areas and suburbs in Aberdeen. 

Recommended neighbourhoods for young expats in Aberdeen

Aberdeen by Paul Rysz

West End

This is an area close to the centre of Aberdeen. Properties here are a mix of traditional granite terraced houses and freestanding homes. There are also several modern developments in this part of town, where expats can find luxury penthouses with a range of facilities.

The area is popular with young executives who enjoy a high standard of living and wish to be close to the city centre. The West End is well connected to the rest of Aberdeen through the city’s bus network. 

Old Aberdeen

Old Aberdeen is the name given to the area located to the north of the city centre. This area is home to the University of Aberdeen. Here, expats will find small cottages and large old houses with lots of character. The area is highly sought after, though, so finding properties available for rent can be difficult.

The desirable location and the area's large properties make accommodation in Old Aberdeen fairly expensive. The area is popular with those looking to be close to the city centre while also enjoying an element of historic charm. 

Family-friendly areas in Aberdeen

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A popular residential area northwest of Aberdeen’s city centre, Rosemount gives residents access to excellent local shopping facilities and reasonably priced accommodation. Housing in Rosemount mainly comprises Victorian-style terraced houses, but more modern apartment complexes are being built. 

This is a quaint area, and expats living here should support the local boutique stores. Rosemount is highly popular with couples and artistic types. The area's many parks and green spaces make it perfect for expats who enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle.


Cults is a family-friendly suburb perched on the banks of the River Dee, well known for its historic granite buildings. Houses in the area are large and often have spacious gardens, making them perfect for expats with children.

Despite being relatively close to the city, Cults maintains an element of village life, and many who live here prefer the area's tranquillity to the city's hustle and bustle. It’s a great place to raise children, as there are many parks and several good schools.

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