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Aberdeen, Scotland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Aberdeen, Scotland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Aberdeen?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Aberdeen, they said:

"Aberdeen is known as the "Granite City" due to its many buildings made from local grey granite. The city has a maritime climate, which means it experiences cool summers and mild winters. It's important to note that the cost of living in Aberdeen is relatively high compared to other parts of Scotland, largely due to its status as a hub for the oil industry. Aberdeen is a multicultural city with a large expat community, mainly from the oil industry, so newcomers are likely to meet people from all over the world. English is the main language spoken, but you'll also hear a variety of accents and dialects, including the local Doric dialect. The city is known for its high standard of education, with two universities, the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. The healthcare system in Scotland is excellent, and it's free at the point of use for residents. Aberdeen has a rich history and culture, with many museums, art galleries, and festivals throughout the year. The city is also surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the Cairngorms National Park, which is perfect for hiking and outdoor activities. Public transportation in Aberdeen is reliable, with a good network of buses and trains. However, many people choose to drive, and traffic can be heavy during peak hours. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by Scotland's agricultural and maritime heritage, with local specialties including Aberdeen Angus beef and fresh seafood. The city also has a wide range of restaurants serving international cuisine. Finally, it's worth noting that Scotland has its own legal system, separate from the rest of the UK, so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations," said one expat who made the move to Aberdeen.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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