Over the last few years Aberdeen has had quite a few accolades bestowed upon it, named the happiest place in Scotland in 2012, and the fifth best place to live in the UK three years later. Let’s just skip 2015’s Carbuncle Award, naming the Granite City as ‘the most dismal town in Scotland.’
The truth is, that last award was a tad unfair on Scotland’s third largest city.
Although the employment opportunities are invariably and intrinsically linked to the oil and gas industry, there’s more to it than just a base for offshore workers. There’s culture aplenty, a rich industrial history, a vibrant food & drink scene, and it’s surrounded by some of the best spots for outdoor activities the country has to offer.
So if it’s a move North you’re after, here are a few of our favourite areas.
Location, Location, Location
When the oil and gas industry is booming, Aberdeen is buzzing. The downside is it tends to also be quite expensive.
With two universities to its name, there’s a strong student population, while recent graduates in business and engineering will be attracted by the opportunities that come along when the energy industry is enjoying an upswing. There’s also a bustling business and retail sector, and as recent as 2013 Aberdeen had the second highest employment rate in the UK.
All this means ample living space in and around the city for students and young professionals, while those a little higher up in the energy industry can shop around in some of Scotland’s richest postcodes.
For Tranquil City Living
With its largely Victorian granite tenement buildings, Rosemount is a very popular part of the city. To the north, you’ll find parks popular with runners, while its independently owned shops are a nice change of pace from the large chain stores.
Located a mere 5 minute drive, or 20 minute walk, from the city centre, peaceful Rosemount is ideally placed for someone working in an office in the heart of Aberdeen. It’s also convenient for students attending the city centre campus of Robert Gordon University, with regular buses making commuting to and from lectures a piece of cake.
You’ll also have some stunning architecture to enjoy in the shape of His Majesty's Theatre, The Central Library and the neoclassical St Mark's Church, affectionately known by the locals as Education, Salvation and Damnation.
For Deep Pockets
Sitting 6 miles to the west of the city centre, it’s little wonder Milltimber is one of Aberdeen’s most affluent suburbs. It’s quiet, serene, yet handy for those who need to commute into the city for business.
Although lacking in amenities, it does boast a highly rated primary school and close ties with the neighbouring, and equally as affluent, villages of Cults and Bieldside (where you’ll find most of the shops, pubs, banks, and a pharmacy).
The boom in the energy market has seen this particular area along the A93 become incredibly popular with British and American oil and gas professionals, and the house prices tend to reflect this. With that in mind, if you’re moving to Aberdeen to work in the energy industry, you’ll find some stunning developments surrounded by green open space that’ll provide the ideal escape from the stresses of everyday working life.
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