Moving to Aberdeen

Having experienced considerable economic growth in recent decades, expats moving to Aberdeen will find a city that proudly maintains its heritage while pursuing ambitious aspirations for the future.

Often referred to as the Granite City, Aberdeen is the hub of the North Sea oil and gas industry and has a reputation for its expertise in energy technology. Thanks to its strong economy, the city’s demand for skilled workers remains a draw for expats.

After work hours, expats will find plenty to keep them occupied. Despite being a fairly small city, there is a vibrant range of artistic and cultural attractions in Aberdeen, which are spread across galleries, museums, and performance venues.

Aberdeen has a great nightlife scene with a cosmopolitan mix of bars and nightclubs as well as a good offering in terms of live music and theatre events. Expats who enjoy an active lifestyle can get involved in a number of sporting activities from swimming at the city’s aquatics centre to hiking the trails of the Cairngorms National Park.

Despite its position on the east coast of Scotland, the city is relatively well-connected to the rest of the UK and Europe, with good air, road and rail networks, so expats will have ample opportunity to travel. Buses are the main mode of transport in Aberdeen and most of its residents use the network to commute on a daily basis. While it is not essential to own a car in Aberdeen, it can be useful for exploring the country.

Those moving to Aberdeen with children will be pleased to know that a range of schooling options are available. Anyone legally living in Aberdeen can send their children to government-funded schools at no cost. Aberdeen is also home to two of the most well-respected universities in the UK, namely the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University.

Expats living in Aberdeen have access to good healthcare, whether in the form of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) or private hospitals. While the standard of public hospitals and medical staff in Aberdeen’s hospitals is high, expats should be aware that waiting times are often long. Private hospitals can see patients much more promptly but are expensive.

Despite the gloomy weather the city is famous for, those moving to Aberdeen are sure to have a memorable expat experience thanks to the Scottish hospitality, wealth of career opportunities and excellent lifestyle options the city offers. 

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