AberdeenSurvivalGuide by xiuliliaofz


									Hello and Content’s Page

Hello and Welcome to Aberdeen,
We wrote this guide because though there are many out there, they’re often
written by companies, or people with a hidden agenda. We’re writing, because
we have experienced ending up in Aberdeen with no idea as to what’s what,
and want to share with you what it took us months to find out. Enjoy!

In this book.....
Pg 1 – Hello and Content’s
Pg 2 – Places to eat
Pg 3 – Places to shop
Pg 4 – Things to do
Pg 5 – How to keep in touch
Pg 6 – Transport
Pg 7 – Scottish Recipes
Pg 8 – Scottish Recipes
Pg 9 – Local Hotels
Pg 10 – Doctors and Dentists
Pg 11 – Useful Information
Pg 12 – Fun Scottish Lingo
Pg13 – Fun Scottish Lingo
Pg 14 – Useful Contacts
Places to eat - Cheap but great!
Under £5:
   Subway at the Hub. Old Aberdeen Uni Campus.
   Johnston at Old Aberdeen Uni Campus. Yes the hall of residence is open to
    all for lunch time food. It serves pretty much the same as Zeste, but has no
    VAT for students 
   Buckie Farm is an all you can eat Carvery for only £3.50 during the week!
    Craziness! The Parkway, Danestone, Aberdeen. AB22 8AL
   Morrisons Supermarket. The Café here serves really nice main courses,
    and is very reasonable. Situated on King Street.
Under £10:
   The Bobbin is really close to Aberdeen Uni Campus, and serves great
    cheap food! Its desserts are incredible! Lunch time offer of two main
    courses for £6.

                                            ←This is the Bobbin!
   Jimmy Chungs. A Chinese. 401 Union Street and at the Beach.
   Pizza Hut : One on Union Street, near the Mall and one at the Beach.
   Both of these have lunch time buffet options, all you can eat for a set
     amount, usually between £6 and £8.
Under £15:
   La Lombarda. Castlegate. (Corner of King Street and Union Street)
   La Tasca. 367 Union Street.
   Paldinos. On a side street just off Belmont Street.
   These three restaurants are all really good. Though more expensive than
     the places listed above, sometimes a treat is nice 
Take Aways:
   Khyber Pass. Situated on the Spital.
   The Gatecrasher! This pizza is massive. 2ft square to be exact, and half
     price until the 30th September with a ‘Survival Card’. PHD make it, and you
     can call them on 01224 211220
   Bluebird fish and chips. Urquhart Road. So so good!
Places to shop
Food Shopping:
While there are many supermarkets in Aberdeen, the best by far are:
Aldi (at the Beach)
Lidl (King Street- head North)
Asda (at the Beach)
Tesco (Bridge of Don or Bridge of Dee)
Most supermarkets reduce some of their food at 6pm. They reduce things that
are going to expire the next day, but will be suitable for freezing. The food is put
all together in a ‘reduced section’ - ask a member of staff to show you. It can
save you a lot of money.

Charity Shops:
Yes, Charity Shops are the shops that sell people’s unwanted clothing. However,
Aberdeen is a very materialistic, very wealthy city, which means that people
throw away things they have never worn. You can get designer names for just a
few pounds. Also shops such as Marks and Spensers donate their ‘end of
season’ items to charity shops, so you can buy the items new with tags on, for
very little of the original price. Charity Shops can be found at both ends of Union
Street, and on Rosemount Viaduct.
Popular ones are:
British Heart Foundation
Save the Children
Cancer Research
Chest, heart and stroke association

Though Blackwells will sell all your books, you can often find them cheaper
elsewhere. There is a second hand university book shop on the Spital, and one
in the hub.
The best places online are amazon.co.uk, abebooks.co.uk and thriftbooks.com
(Although thrift books may take a few weeks).
Things to do in Aberdeen that are cheap + fun.
      Go to the beach.
      Cinema (you get discount with a student ID).
      Bowling, on Monday nights there are massive student discounts.
      Balmedie Beach – SSSI. Really pretty sand dunes.
      Art Gallery – Free.
      Toll Booth Museum – Free.
      Maritime Museum – Free.
      International Market. 1st – 3rd October Union Terrace.
      Seaton Park.
      Duthie Park Winter Gardens.

Shopping Nights:
This was news to me, but apparently Top Shop and Office, and other stores have a ‘student
only, 20% off’ night every so often. Keep an eye out for flyers, or check their websites.

Go to Radiate Events!
We have lots of things on, from Starbucks to BBQ’s there are events to suit all. See what’s
on next at radiate-uk.com.
How to Keep in touch:
Skype is incredible! If two people have Skype,
 they can call each other using their
computers, from anywhere in the world for
free! Distance is no object! If only one
person has it, that person can use their
computer to call phones using Skype Credit,
 for rates far cheaper than most network
providers, and best of all, Skype is free to

To get Skype, go to ‘Skype.co.uk’ and click ‘download Skype’. Simple 

Phones and Internet:
  Everyone has to pay an £11 a month line rental.
  You can’t have internet without this
  Best deal is talktalk. www.talktalk.co.uk which costs £19.99 a month (this includes the
  line rental) and gives you unlimited internet and unlimited international calls (make sure
  you choose this as a ‘boost’).

Mobile / Cell Phones:
  The best deals currently are with the network called O2. It depends what you want,
  minutes, internet, texts, but check out their website for pay monthly sim only contracts
  as you can get some great deals. Otherwise if you prefer pay as you go, tesco is of great
  value. www.o2.co.uk

  A lot of firms use telephone numbers that start with 0870 or 0845. These numbers are
  very expensive to call. The website above has lists of numbers for the same companies
  that are either landline (cheap) or 0800 (free).
  Just type in the company name that you are looking for, or the 0870/0845 number that
  you have and it will bring up free / cheap alternatives.
By Plane:
Ryanair and Easyjet are by far the cheapest companies, but remember to check the luggage
allowance. You often have to pay extra for it, and not a lot of weight is allowed (about 15
The airport is situated in Dyce. To get there a taxi will cost £20, or you can get the bus from
Union Street.

By Bus:
Most students used the bus services operated by First, but First have now withdrawn their
‘student day ticket’ and so fares are more expensive. They do however cover a wide area,
and run frequently.

By Megabus:
The megabus is a bus that goes from city to city, and tickets are very cheap, most start at
£1.50. Yep, £1.50 to London from Aberdeen.
Check out their website: megabus.co.uk.

By Train:
Trains are a bit strange in the UK. Get a ‘good one’ that arrives on time and is very clean
and you’re sorted. Get a ‘bad one’ and delays aren’t unusual. Also prices vary a lot. National
Rail do ‘advanced’ tickets, that are released 12 weeks before your departure date, but sell
very quickly. These tickets are great value for money. However once these have sold the
remaining ones are a lot more expensive.
There are lots of websites that claim to be able to get train tickets for cheaper, like
thetrainline.com. I often look at them, but have never managed to find a cheaper one yet.

By Car:
Not many students have cars in Aberdeen, and you don’t really need one. The only thing
that is tricky is food shopping, but if you speak to friendly people (or email
radiateaberdeen@hotmail.com) we might be able to help. If you do have a car, you should
know that city centre parking is very expensive, and so better to park in a side street and
walk in, or better still – just walk . Petrol is cheapest at either Morrisons or the Shell
Garage near Lidl, just before the River Don Bridge.
Scottish Recipes:
-Haggis, Neeps and Tatties:
Haggis, Neeps and Tatties is the traditional Scottish dish. However, you’re unlikely to be
making a haggis, rather buy one from any local supermarket. It’s great! Here are some
recipes below of things which are easier and more pleasant to make:

Tablet is a traditional sweet confection which, if you like sugary things, is irresistable! You
can add some flavouring from essence/extract as well, if you wish.

Ingredients (for 4 pounds/1.8kg tablet):
Butter or margarine - half pound (225g)
Sweetened condensed milk - one pound (450g)
Castor sugar - 4 pounds (1.8kg)
Water - 1 pint (half litre)

Using a non-stick pan, put the water on a low heat and melt in the butter. Add the sugar
and bring to the boil. It is important to keep stirring all the time. Once it is boiling, stir in the
condensed milk and simmer for 20 minutes. Again, keep stirring to avoid it sticking/burning.
Take off the heat and beat vigorously for five minutes, adding the flavouring of your choice.
Pour into a rectangular greased tin and once it is partly cooled, cut into bars (roughly 5
inches long by 1/2 inches wide). Once the tablet is cold, wrap the bars in waxed paper and
store in an airtight jar or tin.

- Stovies
The French create the classic "Gratin Dauphinoise" by slicing potatoes thinly and cooking
them slowly, which is the basis of the Scottish dish stovies. The name probably comes from
the Scottish and north of England word for stewing. There are many variations on the
versatile recipe for stovies but the basic ingredients are usually potato and onions and some
form of meat with good fat content. The quantities below are sufficient for four people.
4 oz cold, diced lamb (two-thirds of a cup)
1½ lb potatoes, peeled and sliced. Some people use alternate thin and thicker slices - the
thin ones then turn to mush.
1 (or two if you prefer) large onion, very thinly sliced.
1 level tablespoon good quality dripping (from meat or bacon). If dripping is not available,
cooking oil will do (though not as good a flavour).
Stock or water
Salt and pepper, nutmeg or all-spice for seasoning
Chopped parsley or chives

Melt the dripping in a large pan (preferably with a tight fitting lid), add a layer of sliced
potatoes, then a layer of onion and next a layer of meat. Add enough stock or water to
cover (though some prefer their stovies dry, in which case add only 2-3 tablespoons). Then
repeat the layers once again and season the dish thoroughly - in addition to salt and plenty
pepper, add some nutmeg or all-spice).

Cover and cook over a low to moderate heat (shaking the pan occasionally) for about 30
minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the liquid is absorbed. Serve with a sprinkling
of chopped parsley or chives (or chervil).

- Shortbread
There are as many recipes for shortbread as sand on the seashore. While it is particularly
associated with bringing in the New Year it is certainly popular in Scotland throughout the
6oz Plain flour
4oz Soft butter
2oz caster (granulated) sugar
1 oz cornflour (cornstarch)
Mix the butter and sugar together (preferably with a wooden spoon) until it is pale and
creamy. Sieve both the flour and the cornflour into the bowl and mix well. Put a small
amount of flour on your working surface and place the dough on this. Shake a little flour on
top and roll out about quarter inch thick. Prick with a fork and cut into rounds with a cutter
or, if you want one large shortbread round, pinch the edges with thumb and finger all

Use a palette knife to lift the shortbread onto an oiled baking tray and bake for 25 minutes
in a pre-heated oven at 325F/170C/Gas Mark 3. If the biscuits are ready, they will be pale
brown and crisp; if not, return to the oven for 5 or 10 minutes. Shake a small amount of
caster/granulated sugar on the top of the shortbread immediately after they have been
removed from the oven. Use a palette knife to move them to a cooling rack and store in an
airtight tin once they are cold
Cheap Hotels
Arkaig Guest House               Brentwood Villa Guest House
Close to campus (Bedford Road)   560 King Street
And very reasonable              Tel: 01224 647995
Tel: 01224 638872

Aberdeen Douglas Hotel           Patio Hotel
43-45 Market St                  Beach Boulevard
Tel: 01224 582255                Tel: 01224 633339

Aberdeen Northern Hotel          Holiday Inn
1, Great Northern Rd             Exhibition & Conference Centre
Tel: 01224 483342                Tel: 0870 400 9046

Summerhill Hotel                 Highland Hotel
Summerhill Court                 93-95 Crown St
Tel: 01224 315100                Tel: 01224 583685

Ferryhill House Hotel            Premier Travel Inn
169, Bon Accord St               West North St
Tel: 01224 590867                Tel: 0870 9906300

Skene House Holburn              Travelodge
6, Union Grove                   9 Bridge St
Tel: 01224 580000                Tel: 0870 0850950

Ferry Hotel                      Express By Holiday Inn
5, Palmerston Rd                 Chapel St
Tel: 01224 590972                Tel: 0870 400 9068

Campbell’s Guest House           The Jays Guest House
422 Kings Street                 422 King Street
Tel: 01224 625444                Tel: 01224 638295

Lillian Cottage Guest House
442 King Street
Tel: 01224 480633
Doctors and Dentists and general health info.
The local doctors practice is on Sunnybank Road, and can be
contacted on 01224 486702. You have to register with them
before you can get an appointment. Registration takes about
30 mins, but you only have to do it once. All doctors
appointments are free. To get one call 486702 as close to 8am
as possible, the line may be engaged, but keep trying. This is
when they give out their appointments for the day.
The medication now only costs £3.00 per item. The doctor will give you a prescription for
the item at no charge, it is then up to you whether you go to the chemist and purchase it.
You can go to any chemist with your prescription. There is one next to the Bobbin on King
Street, one on George Street, and many in town, Boots, Morrisons etc. You can also
purchase a card for about £10 that means that for three months your prescriptions are free.
If you regularly need medication this is very helpful. You can buy this at any chemist.

These are really really difficult to get hold of. Join the waiting list as soon as you arrive as
there is often a 2 year wait for routine appointments. This is the number to call to register:
0845 45 65 990
There is a number for if you need a dentist urgently which is 01224 558470 and they will get
you an appointment that day but this is emergencies only and will cost some money.

NHS24 is a free emergency adviceline, which tells you whether you need to go to hospital,
see a doctor or do nothing.
Call them on 08454 242424.

Random, Interesting + Important Facts:
    Council Tax does not have to be paid if you are a student.
    TV licence does not have to be paid if you just watch dvds / videos / play games.
    Send mail using the post office, it is much cheaper.
    Supermarkets like Asda, Morrisons, and Tesco reduce some of their food at 6pm.
     This food is stuff that is going to expire the next day, but will be suitable for freezing.
     The food is put all together in a ‘reduced section’ ask a member of staff to show you.
     (Lidl is cheapest for Fruit, Veg and Toilet Roll).
    Shops generally open 9-5 Mon to Saturday and 10-4 on a Sunday. Supermarkets are
     open later, and some are even 24hrs!
    The uni blocks msn. Use www.ebuddy.com instead .
Need some help?
Christian’s Against Poverty. Aberdeen.
CAP is a registered charity providing free debt counselling service for all.
Free help and advice is available to anyone in need, irrespective of race,
gender or belief, through our debt counselling team. Working closely
with local authorities and national finance institutions, they offer a
sustainable solution and real hope for the future.

Local Office: 01224 635389.
Head Office: 0800 328006

Want to learn English?
English Classes:
Open to all, £5 for an 8 week course
Wednesdays at 6:30pm at tKCC, 312 King Street.
AB24 5LL.Beginning 22nd September
Register online at
or call 01224 631057.

Looking for a church?
Radiate is fully supported by the King’s Community Church, 312 King Street. Feel free to
come to any service. 9:30am, 11:30am and 6pm each Sunday.
Common Scottish Words
     Aye - Yes
     baltic - really cold (It's baltic!)
     dead - usually used with "pure" in front to describe something ( " thats pure dead
     fousty - dark/damp
     greetin - crying
     loon - boy
     ned- acronym for 'non-educated delinquent'.
     scooby - clue, (Dae hae a scooby) ((Scooby Doo=clue)
     quine - girl

Aberdonian Words:

      Aabody             Everybody
      Aathing            Everything
      Aff                Off
      Affa               Awfully
      Aifter             After
      Aneth              Underneath or below
      Anither            Another
      Atween             Between
      Aye                Yes
      Aye-aye min        Hello
      Bairn              A baby or young child
      Banter             To gossip or chat away or have a friendly tease
      Bide               Stay
      Bosie              A cuddle or hug
      Brakk              Break
      Caul               Cold
      Claes              Clothes
      Clarty             Dirty
      Deid               Dead
      Dinna              Don't
      Div                Do
      Dreich             Cold, wet and windy
      Fa's               Who
      Far Hiv Ye Bin?    Where have you been?
Feart            Afraid
Fit              How
Fitbaa           Football
Fit Like         Hello, how are you?
Fit Wye          Why
Fitya dee'in?    What are you doing?
Foostie          Stale or Rancid
Foo's yer doos   How are you doing
Gaun             Going
Ging             Go
Hale             Whole
Heid             Head
Jis              Just
Ken              Know
Loon             Boy
Lugs             Ears
Mare             more
Mear             A Mare
Nae              No
Nae Wye          Nowhere
Neen             None
Neep             Turnip
Nivver           Never
Quine            Girl
Sair             Sore
Spik             Speak
Spikin           Speaking
Spew             Vomit
Steen            Stone
Swicking          Cheating
Telt             Told
Teuchter         Someone who lives in the countryside
The Morn         Tomorrow, In the morning
Toon             Town
Twaa             Two
Wifie            Woman
Yersel           Yourself
Useful Contacts:
Phone Numbers:

Emergency Services: 999

NHS 24 Scotland: 0845 4 24 24 24

Dentist: 01224 558470

Doctor: 01224 468702

Police (Non Emergency): 0845 600 5 700

Samaritans: 08457909090

Aberdeen Council: 01224 522000



If we forgot anything, just email radiateaberdeen@hotmail.com and we’ll be happy to
answer any questions.
                         Who is Radiate?
                         Radiate connects students. It’s that simple.

 Our aim is to provide venues that allow some good banter, BBQ’s that provide great food,
   and events that result in great friendships. Fully supported by the King’s Community
  Church, Radiate exists for all students, regardless of gender, race, nationality, or beliefs.

                           Designed for students. Run by students.

                        Range of Events:
Our events are seriously wide ranging, as they are planned with a specific audience in mind.
For those of no faith, we offer opportunities to connect with others, have a great time, and
enjoy a great evening. At Starbucks after-hours, we often have Quiz Nights, Open Mic
Nights, Creative Arts Galleries and Live Music. BBQ’s are a favourite, as are evenings on the
For the believer, we offer homegroups, prayer projects, discipleship groups, worship
meetings and opportunities to engage with God on a new level, and to be a witness for


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