University of Dundee

Life and leisure in Dundee

Why Dundee?

Located in the very heart of Scotland on the North bank of the River Tay, Dundee enjoys one of Europe’s most enviable geographical locations.

Views across the Tay Estuary, east towards the North Sea, south across the Scottish Countryside and west to the majestic glens of Angus, symbolise Dundee’s identity is a city of contrast and complement.

With a 300-year long tradition of invention, innovation and international commerce, Dundee continues to be one the cities at the cutting-edge of technology, science and design in the 21st Century.

Currently in the second phase of a multi-million pound Waterfront Development Project, there is an excitement and energy among Dundee’s 150,000 inhabitants, 20% of whom work or study at one of the city's two Universities.

For centuries a port city with commercial links across the globe, Dundee continues to attract dynamic and skilled people from across the world – the University of Dundee alone has staff and students from 88 different countries.

Dundee’s traditional landmarks are a testament to its history of exploration, education and technology. It is home to The RRS Discovery, the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in Britain, which was designed for Antarctic research, and launched as a Royal Research Ship (RRS) in 1901. Her first mission was the British National Antarctic Expedition, carrying Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first, successful journey to the Antarctic. Dundee is also home to the Mills Observatory the first purpose-built public astronomical observatory in the UK which opened in 1935 and is set in the magnificent woodland of Balgay Hill. 

Our new and planned landmarks continue in the same tradition: Dundee is the first (and so far only) UK UNESCO City of Design and it is the site of the new V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum. 

Culture, Entertainment and Sports

With restaurants serving Japanese, South-Indian and French cuisine, Juice bars and Noodle bars and two internationals supermarkets specialising in South Asian and East Asian food, Dundee comfortably caters for its multicultural population.

Dundee is home to the highly acclaimed Scottish Dance Theatre, to the critically renowned Dundee Rep and award-winning Dundee Contemporary Arts which hosts regular exhibitions of cutting-edge art and a thriving programme of independent cinema from around the world.

Dundee’s reputation for innovative design and craft is clearly demonstrated by the number of boutique shops selling artwork, jewellery, clothing and furniture by local and national artists.
The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Degree Show attracts over 5000 visitors to the city each year.

Dundee’s weather is changeable but its climate is mild so it is possible to take advantage of warm and sunny days (be they in March, July or October!) and head for one of the many beaches within an easy drive of the city centre.

One of the most common observations about Dundee is that within 20 minutes from the city centre you can be in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Dundee is the perfect location for outdoors pursuits, with sailing, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, horse-riding, dirt-biking and of course mountaineering all within a day’s drive. The resorts of Aviemore, Pitlochry and Crieff Hydro are within easy reach and provide activities and relaxation for all the family. 

With a cost of living 15% lower than the national average, an enviable quality of life and an ability to cater for students, families, and people of all cultures Dundee is perhaps one of the most ideal places to live and work in the United Kingdom.