If you are moving to Dundee for the first time or you are looking for new private accommodation you may want to consider the following pointers:
If you are looking for a property within walking distance from the main University campus it is normally advisable to choose either DD1 or DD2 postcode areas.
Also known as “student land”, the West End is the location of the main University campus. It is a leafy residential area which also has great amenities (shops, cafes, restaurants, bars). There are two main green spaces, Magdalen Green and Balgay Park, which are great for relaxing and playing sport. You will also find the DCA, the Rep and the Whitehall Theatre located in the Cultural Quarter.
The City Centre is home to Dundee’s two main shopping centres and also hosts a great variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. In the city centre you will also find the McManus Galleries and the soon to be V&A museum. Abertay University campus is located in the City centre along with the main bus and train station.
At the City Quay you will find more small shops and restaurants as well as lots of accommodation.
Dundee University is a 5- 10 minute walk into the City Centre.
North of the City Centre this area is mainly residential and often has significantly cheaper rents. There are many independent retailers on Hilltown and it is a 5 minute walk into the City Centre.
Another popular student residential area is the zone from Blackness road to Lochee road. Lochee itself has several discount supermarkets and a small high street. There are also good bus links into the City Centre and to Ninewells from Lochee.
This residential borough of Dundee is where Ninewells Hospital is located. Dundee University is a 45 minute walk from Ninewells.
Further afield – Stobswell, Maryfield, Cragie, Invergowrie, Broughty Ferry.
Although not within walking distance, these other areas of Dundee may also be places to consider if you prefer to live slightly further out. Dundee has excellent transport links from most places to the City Centre.
Kirkcaldy Campus –
Kirkcaldy is approximately 35 miles from Dundee with a train service running regularly to Dundee and also to Edinburgh.
Hints and Tips for choosing a property
It is recommended that you view a property in person rather than relying on information from the internet.
For your own personal safety it is advisable that you view a property with a friend or relative and try to arrange the appointment at a reasonable hour. However, there are advantages to viewing the property after dark so that you can get an idea of how you will feel when walking home at night.
It is preferable that you do not transfer any monies before viewing a property.
Getting to Know Dundee – FAQ
Where is good to go for a weekly shop?
The Premier – Located on campus, the Premier carries a large range of convenience foods, fresh foods, newspapers, sandwiches, soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits. A comprehensive range of everyday student stationery and a wide range of University hoodies are also available. (The Premier shop will save you from having to make the tiresome trek into the city centre and, remember, all profits from the Premier Shop help DUSA to provide a full range of student services.
Where can I buy furniture and bedding?
In the Overgate Shopping Centre you will find Argos, Debenhams and Primark who all sell furniture and bedding. You can also visit the Wellgate Shopping Centre where you will find BHS and various pound stores. Tesco Riverside also stocks bedding and household items.
Where can I buy a bus pass?
You can get travel information and buy tickets and travel cards online of at the Travel Centre, 92 Commercial Street, DD1 1DQ.
Who do I go to for housing advice?
DUSA Exec (Student Advocate) – The Hive, Level 4, The Union
Citizens Advice Bureau – The Enquiry Centre (Tuesday and Thursday, 13:00 – 16:00)
The DUSA Housing Accreditation Scheme has been created to promote and recognise those landlords who take a responsible approach to letting their properties to the student population of Dundee.
What is Accreditation?
The main aim is to improve the standard of property and management in Dundee’s student private rented market and to allow current and future students to make informed choices about renting in the private sector. Accredited landlords and letting agents must adhere to a Code of Standards relating to the management and physical condition of their property. Acceptance as an accredited landlord relies on self-certification by the landlord or letting agent stating that their property and management practice meet the Code of Standards. DUSA shall carry out random property inspections and send tenant questionnaires to all accredited properties to ensure these standards are being maintained.
What are the benefits for tenants?
1. Confidence that your landlord is professional and reputable.
2. Assurance that the Accreditation Scheme Code of Standards will be followed and maintained.
3. Information regarding rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
4. If any issues do arise, the tenant can be satisfied that they can contact their Union for advice and assistance.
Which local landlords and letting agencies are currently accredited?
The Hub 17 – Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5DL
West One Properties – No. 1, 2, Blinshall Street, Dundee, DD1 5DS
You can find properties for rent advertised in local letting agents, the press and websites such as DUSA Housing (Facebook) and Gumtree. Check out the above DUSA Housing Accreditation Scheme for lists of landlord who are accredited to DUSA.
Where can I advertise to find a flat mate?
Visit DUSA Housing to place a free advert if you are looking for a flat mate or a room to rent.
Can I leave my tenancy early?
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document and once signed, you are bound by its terms. The only way to leave the tenancy before the end of the agreement is by getting reaching an agreement with the landlord/agent (in writing).
For more information about your rights and responsibilities, email email@example.com
How much deposit can a landlord charge?
A landlord/agent can charge up to two months’ rent as a deposit.
Do I need a guarantor?
Guarantors are not a legal requirement however some landlords/agents insist on having a guarantors agreement in place.
Make sure your landlord provides a guarantors agreement which states the total amount liable for. If you have a joint tenancy, a guarantor could be held liable for all tenants.
Will I get my deposit back at the end of the tenancy?
Tenancy deposits are taken to cover any damage to the property or unpaid bills. Tenancy deposits should not be kept to cover “wear and tear” damage.
For more information on getting your deposit back, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to pay Council Tax if I am a student?
As a full time student you may be able to get a reduction or exemption on your Council Tax.
A 100% exemption can be awarded if the property is wholly occupied by students.
A 25% discount can be awarded is all but one of the adults living in the property are students. Visit the Dundee City Council Website
Over the past few years, DUSA has run a Raising and Giving (RAG) campaign in order to generate as much money and awareness as possible for a local charity chosen by you, the students.
Now it is time for you to nominate a new local Tayside charity for our DUSA RAG campaign 2015-16. Cast you nomination by filling out the following form.
In response to the proposed changes to maintenance grants for University students who come from low-income families, Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) raised its opposition to the budget announcement from The Chancellor, George Osborne. For RUK students in Scotland this could result in £12,000 of debt on top of the debt already incurred in maintenance grants and tuition fees.
The President of DUSA, Tim Hustler stated that, “As a student, having the opportunity to choose the right University and right course for your future is an essential element to the student experience in the UK. The Chancellor’s announcement today puts into question whether, for those from the lowest-income backgrounds in England and Wales, will have the chance to build a new future through Higher Education. Dundee has a large amount of students from the rest of the UK and they add to both the life and culture of both the City and campus. These new proposals will be detrimental to students from other parts of the UK if the decide to study in Dundee. Ultimately prospective students do not wish to incur huge amounts of debt early on in their life. This will have a huge knock on effect to their credit rating and financial stability especially if they wish to get a mortgage further down the line. I urge the government to reconsider these proposals for the benefit of Higher Education, which should be a right and not a privilege.”
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This year DUSA Media launched their first ever DUSA Media Awards Ceremony.
Traditionally the hard work of our student media channels has been recognised via the two media award categories presented and the President’s Annual Awards Dinner.
This year it was felt that given the progression and development of DUSA Media as a whole, the outlets warranted their own ceremony and rather than stick to the traditional award titles, DUSA Media decided to have a little fun and put their own spin on things.
Despite a number of comical award titles, it is apparent that year on year DUSA Media is excelling and none of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the hard work of the wider DUSA Media team so congratulations to you all!
The winners of this year’s DUSA Media Awards are;
The Magdalen | Student Magazine
Award for Prolific Prose presented to Kate McAuliffe
For consistently varied and high quality writing and contributions to the magazine over the year.
The Newstatesman Award presented to Euan Forbes
Awarded for not only outstanding editing and commissioning of the Current Affairs section but also a dedicated approach and skilled application to The Magdalen.
The Cutest Couple of the Year presented to Francesca Reid & Patrick O’Donnell
Whilst in part in jest, this award was presented to the most consistent double act and hard-working collaborators within the contributing team.
Jack of All Journalism Award presented to Lori Petrie This was awarded for a diverse and consistently humorous style of writing throughout the last year which has let to a very strong and trustworthy column ‘Stuff of the Month’.
The Last Man Standing Award presented to Leona Reid
For our veteran, hard working and dedicated Deputy Editor Leona Reid, whose previous Fashion section went from strength to strength.
The Foulmouth Award presented to Cameron Rathie
This award was presented to one of our more controversial yet nevertheless crucial contributors this year. With the ability to convey serious messages in a humorous and engaging manner, it is suffice to say The Magdalen 2014/15 wouldn’t have been the same without his contributions.
The Lifestyle Legend presented to Kate Lakie
This award celebrates the dedication and commitment of another long-standing member of The Magdalen team whose Lifestyle section has been invaluable.
DUSA Media Online | Website
The Couple of the Year Award presented to Niall Christie & Timothy Hustler-Wraight
Awarded for a great double act and comedic blog following the exploits of the Student Representative Council.
The WTF of the Year Award presented to John-Bruce ‘JB’ Fyfe
This was presented to commemorate a stunning 3000 views on the single article written by JB regarding Kate Hopkins. Flawless and opinionated as ever.
Best Series of the Year presented to Harrison Kelly
Awarded for his engaging series ‘Couch Potato’, this celebrates not only Harrison’s evocative style but also his long-standing dedication and commitment to DUSA Media as a writer, Deputy Editor (of The Magdalen) and contributor.
The Get Some Fresh Air Award presented to Iain MacKinnon
Presented for continuous dedication to the DUSA Media site with weekly film reviews. Probably too many.
DUSA Radio | Digital Radio Station
Best Newcomer to DUSA Radio presented to Fiona Scott
Fiona may have only been a member of DUSA Radio for a few months, but has quickly proven herself to be one of our most enthusiastic and ardent presenters.
Best Themed Radio Show presented to Grant Carpenter&Charlotte Campbell
As described by the presenters themselves, Geekly Radio is two hours of gooey geekly goodness that will help you get your fill of video games, television and film.
Most Original Music presented to Edward Woods
For an hour each week Edward provides us with a show like no other, straying from the mainstream chart toppers and instead treating us to his own mix of electronica and world
Best Weekly Features presented to Matthew Carter
Each week something new is brought to the table with Level4Live, trying new and perfecting old features as the show goes on.
Veteran Award presented to Chloe Divers & India Divers
Chloe and India joined Discover Radio towards the end of 2011, and have since seen the evolution into DUSA Radio. We’re grateful for their commitment to helping the radio go from strength to strength over the last four years, and thoroughly deserve the recognition.
DUSAtv |Award-winning TV Station
Most Views on a Regular Show presented to DUSA Fashion.
Award for Special Recognition presented to Jonathan Rose
The award for Special Recognition went to Jonathan Rose for all the work he does behind the scenes in DUSA TV: fixing equipment, archiving projects and volunteering as crew.
Double Act Award presented to Jenny Boram & Jenny Thomas
Jenny Thomas and Jenny Boram were named as the Best Double Act as they have shown that they work exceptionally well together in every project they take part in.
Lifetime Achievement presented to Doug Young and Joseph Black
The two Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Doug Young and Joseph Black for their four years of service to DUSA TV and to acknowledge the hard work and the long hours they have put in during that time.
Best Newcomer presented to Andrew Stewart
Best Contributor presented to Jenny Thomas
Most Naps on the DUSA Media Sofa presented to Timothy Hustler-Wraight
The ‘Leaving Facebook On’ Award presented to Jenny Boram.
On Saturday 16th May we hosted our DUSA President’s Dinner and Annual Awards Ceremony. It was a fantastic evening which commended the hard work of all our societies, media outlets and SRC Councillors. Congratulations to all those nominated for an award and a special congratulations to all the winners!
SRC Councillor of the Year
Winner – JB Fyfe
School President of the Year
Winner – Shauna Donaldson
Media Contributor of the Year
Winner – Jenny Boram & Jenny Thomas
Media Newcomer of the Year
Winner – Dimitris Kalogiros
Best New Society
Winner – Mental Health Society
Most Progressive Society
Winner – OpSoc
Most Active Society
Winner – International Society
Best Society Event
Winner – Charity Week Islamic Society
Winner – Physics Society
Society Achievement Award
Winner – Thalea Turowski
Volunteer of the Year
Winner – Mohamed Elseedawy
This year the DUSA Executive introduced a new and very special award which won’t be awarded annually but instead will only be given if there has been a student who has been particularly impressive during their time involved in DUSA. This award is to recognise an individual who has went above and beyond in their commitment to the organisation and is for an individual who has not just been involved in a society, media outlet or the SRC but someone who has actively been involved with all aspects of DUSA.
This year the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to DUSA award is Niall Christie.
On Saturday 28th March DUSA TV was awarded the title of Best Broadcaster 2015 at the 42nd NaSTA awards conference in Preston. Up against forty-four other national stations, including Glasgow University Student Television (GUST) and Leeds Student Television (LSTV), DUSA TV won the final and most prestigious award of the evening.
In addition to this they also scooped a highly commended for their animation submission. Thier success is a real testament to the hard work of the team and winning this award has proven that they are among the top Student TV Stations in the UK.
View the winning submission on the DUSA TV Youtube Channel http://uod.ac.uk/1G874zR
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