Why Aberdeen is better than Glasgow and Edinburgh

It’s time to accept the best Scottish city guys

Aberdeen University is the most under-appreciated uni in Scotland, it lies in the shadows of the more popular unis.

But now we are rising up and becoming more and more popular it’s about time people started admitting that Aberdeen is better than Glasgow and Edinburgh. So are here our some reasons why we think you should be proud of Aberdeen.

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We go harder – Photo Credit: Grub Fresh Food

Our uni is the prettiest

We may not be as high as either Glasgow or Edinburgh in the league tables, but I think we win the prettiest campus award.

With the medieval buildings of Kings and New Kings, to the 21st century state of the art Sir Duncan Rice library. You can relax on Elphinstone Lawn on sunny days, or have a hot drink in our campus Starbucks when it’s cold outside.

Our medical school is also apparently the first one established in Scotland, possibly even the English speaking world.

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We’re smaller 

Glasgow has over 26,000 students, and Edinburgh is even bigger with over 35,000. Aberdeen only has 14,000. Aberdeen itself is a smaller city than Edinburgh or Glasgow, which can be a good thing if you’re just getting introduced to city-life, or want a break from a bigger city.

People tend to actually talk to each other in smaller cities, and people are usually nicer.

North is better than South

We’re hardcore, Aberdeen is on the North-East coast of Scotland so we get the freezing North-sea wind.

Look at that skyline

Also because of how far north we are, seeing the Northern Lights are not that unusual. Edinburgh and Glasgow are basically Northern England.

We don’t have rain

Well, hardly any rain.

The North East of Scotland is apparently the driest region in Scotland, we get less rain that the West coast of Scotland and less than the South.

We were also named the UK’s sunniest city.

That’s right St. Andrews, we’ve got one too

We’re not as posh as Edinburgh

When you think of posh, Aberdeen is not the first thing that comes to mind. We may be a wealthy city, but Aberdonians are not posh.

Edinburgh is number nine on the list of  how private school your uni is, whereas Aberdeen graced the list at a modest 18 with 20% of AU students being from private schools . Glasgow is even less posh as Aberdeen as they were number 27 on the list.

Edinburgians even sound posher than Aberdonians and Glaswegians, they basically don’t have an Scottish accent.

We have an actual mascot

He’s called Angus.


We love Angus

Whenever a new rector is elected, tradition says that they must ride through Old Aberdeen on a bull carried at shoulder height by our students.

We have more sex

In 2015, lifestyle website Hexjam discovered that the University of Aberdeen ranked number nine on the University Sex League.

We got the highest result of any other Scottish university, with our students having on average of 7.04 sexual partners. Edinburgh was listed at 35, and Glasgow was way down at number 57.



Our clubs actually allow strawpedoing 

There are some clubs in Edinburgh that don’t allow you straws when you by a VK.

We get to experience the amazing physics of a VK. Who’s more Buckfast now, guys?


Credit to Carwash Tuesdays

Our clubs are shit, but in a good way

We may not have the best nightclubs in the country, we don’t have the ability to Hive until five.

But we do have our grimey Carwash Tuesdays and Skite Wednesdays a.k.a getting surrounded by rugby boys. Even if you don’t want to admit you enjoy your nights out here, you all still go out and you all still get blindingly drunk on tropical VKs.

Our queues are shorter and there is actually space to dance and you’ll definitely hear Stacy’s Mom at least twice if you go to Underground.

So fellow Aberdonians, let’s unite and admit that Aberdeen is the best city in Scotland.