For students just starting at one of Aberdeen’s colleges or universities it can be daunting trying to figure out where to eat, drink and exercise.
If you don’t know where to go, or have people to point you in the right direction, you can be lost in a sea of possibility.
There’s so much on offer. Here’s just a few places we feel new people to the city would enjoy spending time.
Keeping fit and healthy is important for everyone and students leaving home to start university should focus on their wellbeing as well as their studies.
A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy mind but as students embark on a life of independence, good food and exercise may well fall by the wayside in place of a busy social life.
After the initial throws of freshers week, focussing on keeping fit and healthy with a balanced, nutritious diet will go some way to easing the stresses of student life.
Aberdeen Sports Village is perfectly located near the University of Aberdeen Kings College campus, and is also easily accessible from RGU and NESCOL and has world-class sports facilities.
ASV’s Student Lifestyle Membership gives members access to the vast gym facilities, more than 100 exercise classes, the eight lane 400m running track, the six-lane indoor running straight, squash courts, hockey pitches and sports studios.
Included in the discounted membership is full access to the Aquatics Centre, which boasts the 50m Olympic swimming pool, the 25m diving pool and two health and relaxation suites.
A healthy body and healthy mind can be achieved with just few sessions a week, and ASV is the ideal place to keep fit, make friends and de-stress from exam deadlines and tutorial talks.
ASV offers special nine-month off-peak and peak membership deals (available for a limited time only) where memberships work out from as little as just over £15 per month. Or for flexibility, students can choose to pay monthly from £16 per month.
As students prepare to enjoy their first taste of independence away from home, it is important that they get a good life balance with regular exercise, good food and, of course, lots of fun.
Students are welcome to pop into Aberdeen Sports Village for a tour of the fantastic facilities and to find out more about the student memberships on offer.
For more information, contact a member of the team at Aberdeen Sports Village on (01224) 438900.
Everyone has a story, and here is Latinway’s.
The idea behind Latinway was born after the need of seeing places where you could feel real Latin American flavours. They want to bring the best of Latin food to the streets of Aberdeen and feel the need to share the flavours that define their culture.
The team at Latinway believe that every country has unique flavours and they are extremely excited to share them with the Aberdonian population. Venezuela, Argentina, Peru or Colombia are just few examples of the many countries that make up Latin America, each of them being unique in its own way.
Latinway is not just a takeway, but also a shop where you can buy Latin products to unleash your creativity, and even try to imitate the tasty food. Drinks, sauces, flours or spices are some of the things you will be able to get every time you come to the shop.
Visit to enjoy Taco Tuesday or Arepa Sunday
Bringing flavours of Latin food to the streets of Aberdeen, the takeway is located on Belmont Street.
Situated in the heart of the city close to Holburn Junction, The Glentanar is one of Aberdeen’s oldest independent pubs.
They focus on helping local artists, local musicians, local food suppliers and local breweries and spirit makers. They stock a great selection of gin and whisky, along with your favourite tipples.
They have live music every weekend, show live football and, for the brainiacs, a regular quiz night on a Sunday at 7pm.
There is a great varied menu using locally sourced produce with pub classics such as fish & chips, awesome burgers, vegetarian/gluten free options and new additions such as halloumi fries.
There is also The Wee Glen bar which is the quieter bar next to The Glentanar – perfect to enjoy a quiet pint or dram.
In the upcoming year they plan on hosting their own cheese festival, be a part of the comedy festival and arts festival.
They offer something for everyone – so pop in for a visit for a drink or a bite to eat – with 10% discount offered to all students.
Glentanar really is everyone’s local – with something for everyone!!
Welcome to Aberdeen’s only authentic tiki dive bar.
This is a bar where people from all walks of life mingle together. The person sitting on the next barstool might be an accountant, a dentist, a road sweeper, a punk rocker, a dominatrix, or an ambulance driver. Here, it’s who you are that matters, not how you make a living.
Like all dives, this is a clandestine haunt, located slightly off the beaten track, where nobody outside of the clientele is likely to notice you coming or going. This is an antidote to reality, a mysterious destination for illicit rendezvous, and forging those unexpected friendships.
The interior is dimly lit in true dive bar fashion, mostly just illuminated by the ethereal glow of neon. The decor and fixtures are functional and hard wearing, yet somehow evocative of an archetypal road movie; this place can get raucous at the weekend, and is built to withstand unrestrained revelry.
You don’t have to worry about spilling a drink or scuffing the upholstery, so feel free to let your hair down. People frequent this establishment for a good time. Some may opt to remain in their work clothes, others may choose to dress up, or dress down. Posing is fine, but passing judgement is off limits.
While the decor may not be particularly palatial, the selection of music, the surreally exquisite restrooms, and the vast range of exotic drinks more than compensate for that.
Krakatoa specialises in beer, cider, absinthe, and of course tiki.
Goals is the place to be for 5-a-side football. They have 10 pitches with new pro turf surface giving you the best surface to play on and LED lighting that will make you feel you are playing during the day.
There are male and female changing rooms and a bar upstairs that you can watch the football action on the pitch or relax after the game.
Whether you are looking for a pitch to play with mates or want to have a competitive game they can provide it. Goals runs leagues Monday – Thursday with a youth league on a Friday. They have introduced a veterans’ league on a Thursday so the excuse that you are too old to play does not apply.
They have walking football on a Friday that is a challenge as you want to run when you play.
Goals is not just about the pitch. They offer function room hire to hold your special event. The room has a 120 capacity and is only a £100 deposit which is returned if you spend over £1000 on the night. They can supply a DJ and catering so there is everything that you need to have a great night.