Getting to know Dundee

August 7, 2015 | DUSA The Union

Stephen Fry Quote – “Dundee setting is probably more extraordinary than any other city in the UK. It is about as ideal-ludicrously ideal – as any setting could be.

Dundee – one city, many discoveries

Dundee is the best student city to live

Dundee City Council – description of Dundee

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.

  • West End

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.

  • City Centre

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.

  • Hilltown

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.

  • Lochee

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.

  • Menzieshill

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)

Shelter Scotland – 0800 800 4444

  • Where can I join a gym?

Institute of Sport & Exercise (ISE) – Gym, sport, exercise & swimming facilities at University of Dundee

  • Where is the nearest petrol station?

Shell – Ward Road, Dundee, Angus DD1 1QP

Shell– East Marketgait, Dundee, DD1 3HE

Tesco Riverside – Riverside Drive, Dundee DD2 1UG

  • Where can I park my car in the City Centre/on campus?

There are various pay and display car parks located on or near to campus. There are also several large multi-story car parks in the City Centre.

  • Where can I register for a GP?

You can find your nearest GP surgery, Dentist or pharmacy by accessing the NHS 24 website and entering your postcode and the service you are looking for or by telephoning NHS 24 on Tel 111.

When you select a suitable GP you can contact them and ask to register. Please remember to take three forms of identification with you:

  • a passport
  • matriculation card
  • documentation with your Dundee address on it


 Top 10 things to do in Dundee

  1. Discovery Point and HM Frigate Unicorn
  2. The Law
  3. Botanic Gardens
  4. Mills Observatory
  5. Verdant Works
  6. Camperdown Country Park and Zoo
  7. Dundee Science Centre
  8. Dundee Museum of Transport
  9. Broughty Castle
  10. Howff Cemetery