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LIVE Smart: Commuter / Local Students - Living at home

Student guide to living and studying in Dundee. Aligned with LEARN Smart


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Student societies are groups of like-minded students who aim to promote an activity, cause or an interest in a particular culture on campus. It is also the one of the best ways to make new friends, find others from the same culture and make the most out of your university life. Trying a new sport or hobby is a perfect break from the academic pattern of student life.

Travel to Campus

Facebook Group for Local / Commuter students

We realise that some students who live in the local area choose to stay at home and commute to classes. For new students moving into student accommodation, it's often a bit easier to meet other students, so our Student Services team has created a closed Facebook group for any students who will continue to live at home. 

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You can use this group to find out what is happening in the university and connect with other local students or those that commute to the university. You will be asked to answer a few questions before being allowed to join the group, this is to ensure that only students from the University can join.

Adjusting to University Life

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Welcome /Freshers Week  is a great opportunity for you to get involved in a variety of activities and events. It is also another good chance to meet other new students and familiarise yourself with the campus facilities and buildings. Look out for events which aim to bring students together in the Welcome Events Programme some of which are may be of interest to you or those specifically aimed at Mature Students.

These include:

  • Local Students Welcome Event for those living in Dundee, Fife, Angus or Perthshire
  • Part Time MA Student Welcome Event
  • Associate and Co-Curricular Welcome Event
  • Direct Entry, 3yr Degree, Global Programmes and Erasmus Exchange Students Welcome Event
  • Meet, Mix and Socialise Events – including one for Mature and Postgraduate Students
  • Campus Tours
  • Tours to local locations – McManus Galleries or Broughty Ferry Castle and Beach

Sports Union

Commuter Students

Free Bus Travel for Young People aged 5-21

Young people aged 5 to 21, who live in Scotland for at least 6 months a year, can apply for a free bus pass. You can use this to travel on most bus services in Scotland for free. Your Young Scot Card (Young Scot NEC) or other National Entitlement Card (NEC) will be your bus pass.

Find out more information from Young Scot

Young Scot

Bus Travel for Students in Dundee

Peer Connections


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Peer Connections is the University's welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme to help all students settle in, show you around, meet, mix and share information and experience with other students. Buddy groups are offered to all incoming exchange students by Peer Connections. Individual mentoring for new students is also offered. Find out more and sign up for a buddy/mentor online.