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Living in Aberdeen, Scotland:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Aberdeen, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked four people living in Aberdeen what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Aberdeen is often known as the Granite City. This is reflective of not only the architecture but also, rather unfortunately, the weather. The old buildings of the city are made from the locally found rock, which complement the grey skies and often rainy weather of the region aptly. Despite this, Aberdeen is a lively city, with many amenities and tourist attractions which would make a visit to the city a worthwhile, if wet, endeavour.

It is not cheap to live here as it is the hub for the North Sea oil industry. The properties are expensive and property rentals high. The plus side is that wages are above the average and employment is excellent. The city has many eating outlets and all the major supermarkets are here.

Charlotte, says: 2020

Aberdeen harbour is the main port for petroleum in Europe, one can watch the supply boats come and go, and walk the Aberdeen beach front with a view of offshore wind turbines. Aberdeen has a rich and diverse multicultural local cuisine. Aberdeen University is almost a millennium old and the main campus architecture is a Medieval fort.

For a number of years, Aberdeen has been known as the “Oil Capital of Europe.” In recent years, however, the industry has experienced a steady decline, resulting in the loss of jobs and an increase in unemployment in the city. This is been beneficial for people who work outwith the sector, as the city has experienced a fall in property prices and a reduced cost of living. For employees of the oil industry, however, they have struggled to transfer their skills to alternative employment and have subsequently struggled to maintain their once-privileged lifestyles.

Aberdeen is a safe city, with lower than average crime rates. There are a number of highly sought after primary and secondary schools and key workers such as teachers and medical professionals, will never struggle to find employment.
The University of Aberdeen sits amidst the cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen, enjoying a 600-year history and enviable positions on both national and international league tables.

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