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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 our students voted us number one in this year's Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.


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 itself has the lowest living costs of any Scottish city and the 2008 Endsleigh Insurance Homes Report, Dundee ranked 2nd in the UK for home safety.

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Facilities

The past decade has been a particularly exciting time of progress and change - since 1994 the University has more than doubled in size and in 2008 we completed a £200m campus redevelopment. This included: the construction of brand new teaching buildings with the most advanced teaching technologies; fantastic new en suite student accommodation in the heart of the campus; extension of the Institute of Sport and Exercise (ise) and the Main Library; and the creation of the Campus Green, providing a beautiful space for students and staff to relax and enjoy campus life.

As a result of this extensive redevelopment, 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.

Students have the opportunity to use the Institute of Sport and Exercise (ise) - the most comprehensive indoor sports centre of any Scottish university. It boasts a brand new gym, dance studios, strength performance centre, competition standard squash courts, plus swimming pool and floodlit tennis courts, with more sports grounds off-campus.

Our seven library sites offer students flexible learning spaces, access to specialist subject librarians, access to the wireless network and laptop charging points, extensive electronic resources including e-books and e-journals, and of course, access to more than 1 million books and subscriptions to over 4000 periodicals and journals.

We take your welfare seriously and offer plenty of support to help you overcome any personal, academic, financial or other problems, through our wide range of student services.

Dundee University Students Association (DUSA) has been named the third best students’ union in the UK in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. DUSA has two bars/cafés, two nightclubs, food outlets, shops, cash machines and one of the biggest pool rooms in Scotland. DUSA is run by the students for the students. A team of annually elected students makes up the Executive Committee and there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and maybe even run for office!

There are plenty of activities to be found in our student clubs and societies. The University currently supports more than 60 student societies, enabling students to further existing interests or to participate in exciting new hobbies. They also represent a valuable way for students to acquaint themselves with the social side of student life, to meet new friends and settle in.

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Accommodation

In order to make your stay in Dundee even more comfortable, the University has recently invested £39 million in new, modern student accommodation.

Our 900 single rooms on campus and over 400 across the road provide the perfect environment for students, just 5 minutes from the city centre and 2 minutes from lecture halls. The complexes comprise approximately 50 self-contained flats for between five and ten residents. Bedrooms are all single occupancy and are sized approximately 13 or 15 sq.m. (including the private bathroom). 

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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 campus is 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.

Dundee is a cosmopolitan city with people from many different cultures and faiths, click here to view an overview of where to worship in Dundee.

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

Emefen Udom, from Nigeria, is a Petroleum Law and Policy graduate, now setting up a consultancy company in Nigeria:
"I chose to study at the University of Dundee due to the fact that they offered courses no other university in the world offered. The lecturers devoted time to explain the issues, and the people of Dundee were also accommodating and friendly."

Sidhant Maingi, from India, is currently studying for a BEng in Civil Engineering:
“there were heaps of factors which led to me becoming a part of this prestigious university. The quality of education, services for international students, and the high career placement rate for example. DundeeUniversity not only encourages me to be academically strong but also causes me to be a better person in life.”

Louise Myles, from Scotland, is currently studying for a BSc in Computing Science:
“as soon as I walked onto the campus at Dundee, I knew instantly that this was the university I wanted to go to. The staff were so friendly, enthusiastic and helpful and the facilities were fantastic. These were some of the many factors that set my decision in stone. I knew studying at this university for the next four years would be the best decision I could ever make. So far I don't regret a thing.”

Read more student profiles.

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Key facts & figures

  • Named Scottish University of the Year by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016
  • Number one for student experience in Scotland for six years running (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2010 - 2015)
  • One of the world’s top 20 universities founded in the last 50 years (THE 100 Under 50 2015)
  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities (QS World University Rankings 2014/15)
  • The central hub for a multi-million pound biotechnology sector in the East of Scotland
  • A lead partner in the V&A at Dundee – a multi-partner project at the heart of the £200 million regeneration of Dundee’s central waterfront

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Dundee, DD1 4HN

T: +44 (0)1382 383838
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