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High-quality teaching, world-leading research, and a £200 million investment in a compact, friendly campus with an unrivalled position in the heart of the city centre - it's no wonder we've been named Scottish University of the Year for two years running.


Location

Dundee is a campus university situated in the heart of a thriving city. Dundee has a population of 150,000 and is very student-orientated, with excellent cultural, social, sporting and shopping facilities as well as a low cost of living. The city enjoys a spectacular scenic location on the estuary of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland, with the Highlands to the north and St Andrews and Edinburgh to the south. All of Scotland’s most important historic sites are within easy reach and the major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are just a 1 hour train journey away.

Compared to other Scottish cities, Dundee boasts more sunshine, lower rainfall and a warmer climate due to its sheltered location on the coast. The majority of students live on or near the campus and benefit from easy access to Scotland’s beautiful countryside.

Dundee regularly appears at the top end of 'quality of life' surveys in the UK, offering all that's best of city life yet is friendly, compact and easy to navigate. It is also one of the top cities in the UK for affordability (NatWest Student Living Index 2016).

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Facilities

We're always improving our facilities on campus to ensure that your studies benefit from all the latest technology. Our students definitely appreciate this as we're consistently ranked highly for student satisfaction.

Our compact city campus is a mix of very modern and very traditional buildings, all equipped with the latest technology used in teaching. It is easy to get around with teaching and social areas all within a short walk of each other. This helps to create the University’s strong sense of community and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in which to study.

Our Institute of Sport and Exercise has a wide range of high class facilities to keep you on your toes. On campus we provide:

  • a huge state-of-the-art-gym with personal training room

  • two exercise studios for all your favourite classes

  • three glass-backed, competition standard squash courts

  • a designated strength performance centre

  • a specialised dance/indoor cycling studio

  • a 25m swimming pool with sauna

  • four floodlit, all-weather tennis courts

  • 2 large indoor sports halls

 

Dundee's library sites offer students access to information and resources to support their studies. At Dundee you get:

  • face-to-face expert support from professional library staff

  • long opening hours during semester: the Main Library is open from 7.30am to 2.30am Monday Friday; 9am to 2.30am Saturdays and Sundays and 24 hours a day during exams

  • a copy of recommended books and multiple copies of many key texts

  • flexible learning spaces – silent study zones, general study zones ideal for group work, and study break zones

  • four bookable group study ‘pods’ with media technology and six drop-in ‘pods’

  • access to more than one million books and subscriptions to over 5,000 journals, newspapers and databases

  • extensive electronic resources including e-books, e-journals, online newspapers, published research materials and image and sound resources which you can access from anywhere in the world

  • full access to WiFi, laptop charging points and laptop lockers

  • desktop power at every desk

  • 322 networked PCs

  • self-service machines which reduces queuing

  • a learning café

  • printing, photocopying and scanning facilities

 

Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA), better known as ‘the Union’, is one of the most successful students’ unions in the country. Located at the heart of the city campus, it is rated the number one student union in Scotland as voted for by students in The Times Higher Student Experience Survey 2016.

There are plenty of activities to be found in our student clubs and societies. The University currently supports more than 80 student societies, enabling students to further existing interests or to participate in exciting new hobbies.

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Accommodation

We have invested £37 million in our student accommodation so that our students have a modern, safe and well equipped place to work, rest and make friends. Our 900 single rooms on campus and over 400 across the road provide the perfect environment for students, just five minutes from the city centre and two minutes from lecture halls. We have a Student Support Worker and Assistants on hand to help students and night security personnel to keep everyone safe. We have four residential complexes – Heathfield (426 residents), Belmont (424 residents), Seabraes (416 residents) and West Park (300 residents). 

The complexes are made up of around 50 self-contained flats for between five and ten residents. Bedrooms are all single occupancy and are between 13 or 15 sq.m. (including the en suite bathroom). In fact, our accommodation is so popular, it was recently voted No. 1 in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey!

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Student life

The city of Dundee is very student-orientated, with excellent cultural, social, religious and shopping facilities. The city enjoys a spectacular scenic location on the estuary of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland, with the Highlands to the north and St Andrews and Edinburgh to the south. All of Scotland’s most important historic sites are within easy reach and the major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are just a 1 hour train journey away.

Our one-stop campusis a major reason why students find studying at Dundee is such an enjoyable experience. It offers the best of both worlds as every aspect of student life is on the main campus from studying to students’ union to sports facilities and accommodation. Everything you need can be found on campus and the attractions of the city - including a vibrant music scene, galleries, cinemas and theatre - are only a few minutes away.

The University Chaplaincy is a multi-faith centre offering a welcome to people of all faiths and those of none. In addition to services of worship, the Chaplaincy provides personal and spiritual support, social activities and retreats as well as meeting places for societies and other groups and a good value coffee shop. The Chaplaincy also provides Muslim Prayer rooms.

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What our students say

"I was thrilled when I received my acceptance to study at the University of Dundee, but I could never have imagined how amazing the experience would be. Studying in Dundee was everything I hoped for and more. I connected with Dundee in a way I haven't connected with a place in a long time. I didn't just study in Scotland, I lived and breathed and loved Scotland."

Taylor Arceneaux, USA, Humanities

"What I like the most about the University is its vibrant campus, modern accommodation and, most importantly, the family environment it embraces. I also like the quality of life in Dundee and the fact that everything is within a walking distance. The city is also relaxing and cozy, and the best part is that I feel at home."

Sofia Abounnaim, Morocco, BSc Finance

"I love the friendly people here. I love the quirky cafes. I love the view of the Tay at night. I like the size of the city - small enough to feel homey (you can never go out for an errand and not run into a few familiar faces), yet still offer something new every once in a while. I like the location. Edinburgh and St Andrews are just a short drive away, yet you don't have to break the bank on rent. I love the creativity."

Tianhui Lu, China, BSc Economics

 

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Key facts & figures

  • We’ve been named Scottish University of the Year two years in a row by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and 2017.
  • We are ranked one of the top 20 universities worldwide under 50 years old by the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017.
  • We’ve been named one of the top 25 most innovative universities in Europe by Reuters.
  • We’re ranked 8th in the UK for student experience in the National Student Survey 2016.
  • We were rated 1st in Scotland for six years running for all round student experience by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2010-2015.
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Dundee, DD1 4HN

T: +44 (0)1382 383838
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