Aberdeen is Scotland’s 3rd largest city, currently home to a population of approximately 229,000. A popular residential and shopping destination, Aberdeen is often referred to as the silver city by the grey North Sea because of its dramatic granite architecture – with remarkable granite buildings lining Union Street, the city’s mile-long main thoroughfare.

Known for its vibrant arts scene and cultural life, Aberdeen is also home to two acclaimed universities – the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. Both attract talented students from around the world, adding to the city’s cultured and cosmopolitan feel.

Housing in Aberdeen ranges from Victorian and Edwardian villas to semi-detached, tenement and terraced properties all in the traditional granite that has made the city’s architecture so renowned. The surrounding areas also feature modern houses and flats spreading out from old Aberdeen to areas including, Ferryhill, Footdee, Bridge of Don and Hazelhead. Aberdeen is easy to navigate with regular buses to and from the city centre to the surrounding residential areas.


228,990 people

Distance from Aberdeen



Rail links north to Inverness and beyond, and south to Dundee and beyond. Regular bus services around Aberdeen City and to outlying areas.

Additional information

There are 61 primary and secondary schools across Aberdeen. A full, alphabetical list can be found here.

There are also 8 Special schools, catering for children with specific needs. These are also listed.

There is also an interactive mapping service, which enables you to input a postcode to determine the school catchment area relevant to that specific property.

Average cost of a three-bedroom home: £213,000

Average Floor area of three bedroom home: 102m2 / 1097ft2

Derived from Quarter Four 2021 property sales in the area.

History of Aberdeen

Despite its extremely modern outlook, the City of Aberdeen is steeped in history, with the earliest city charter being granted by William the Lion in 1179. The Great Charter of Robert the Bruce later transformed Aberdeen into a financially independent city in 1319.

Traditionally, Aberdeen’s industry mainly comprised fishing, shipbuilding and textile mills, but the city has completely transformed over the past 50 years. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, Aberdeen has established itself as the “oil capital of Europe” and has driven economic growth in the whole of the North East of Scotland. Additionally, Aberdeen harbour is one of the busiest ports in the UK and handles around 8,000 arrivals every year, contributing an estimated £1.5 billion to the local economy.


Things to do in Aberdeen

As well as Aberdeen city centre’s stunning architecture and abundance of world-class shopping outlets, the city’s ideal coastal location offers residents and visitors alike the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits. The choice of things to do in Aberdeen includes walking, hiking and golf, with a superb choice of golf courses. Many are located less than 15 minutes from Aberdeen city centre, including Balgownie Links, Cruden Bay and Trump International.

A short distance from the city centre, award-winning Aberdeen Beach is ideally located for sport and recreation, with a great selection of cafés and restaurants as well as shops, a cinema and gym facilities. The mile-long golden sand beach is popular with walkers and surfers, with the local coastline featuring sand dunes and rocky cliff faces with nature reserves.

Are you looking to rent or buy a property in Aberdeen? Let ASPC help. Our property search lets you browse from an extensive range of houses and flats for sale in Aberdeen, with sizes ranging from compact flats, to large family homes. You can also search our property list for houses and flats to let in Aberdeen – so whether you’re looking to buy or rent in the city, ASPC may have the ideal property for you.

For more information on the Aberdeen and what the city has to offer, see www.aberdeencity.gov.uk and Visit Scotland - Aberdeen

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