What to do in Dundee?

So, you have arrived. Now what?

Arriving in a new city can be an overwhelming experience. Here’s how to handle it with ease and enjoy the heck of it:

1. Don’t stay in your room

Sitting on a chair and starring into the wall is a recipe for homesickness. Get out!

2. Familiarize yourself with the campus

The University of Dundee (UoD) city campus is compact, with everything easily within reach. However, first, you need to know what’s where. Once your course starts, the staff will show you around a bit, but why not to get a jumpstart on your own? Here’s a campus map to help you with your little adventure:

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3. Take a walk through the city centre

It is some five minutes from the campus, so you can manage it all in one go. In the downtown, you can check out multiple class galleries and museums, such as the VA:

VA at night. Their permanent exhibition is accessible free of charge, and as a UoD student, you can get 20% off the temporary shows.

While in the downtown, chill out in one of the coffee shops. My favorite is the Blend Coffee Lounge, but there are many others to pick.

4. Visit the UoD Botanical garden

Take a break from the concrete corridors in a natural oasis, just above the Dundee Airport. You can chat with a member of staff and learn something new, or just relax in a pleasant environment. As a UoD student, you get free entry.

A Horticultural Technician, Clare Reaney (right), introduces plants in the Botanic Garden greenhouse to UoD students.

5. Get up the Law

This extinct volcano offers a fabulous 360-degree view on Dundee. It is about 20 minutes walk from the campus.

6. Socialize!

Perhaps the most important of it all. Find some like-minded people to share the fun with. Whether it is a tightrope-walking session in a park, or a techno party in an old warehouse, there’s something for everybody.

See more inspiration of what you can do with your free time while in here:

Exploring Dundee: More in-depth guide about how to make the most of the city.


Alternatively, go beyond Dundee and experience the Highlands Magic.

Thanks for reading,


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