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Connected Community: Self-isolation

Key information, events and activities for students in self-isolation. The themed menu is at the top of each page on mobile phones and similar devices and as a Left Menu on devices such as iPads, laptops and PCs. (Scroll down to see each page.)


Things to do and see in Dundee

This Visit Scotland page will give you lots of ideas of things to see and do in Dundee, during and after isolation. Where would you like to visit first?  Find out from the others in your household where they would like to go around Dundee after self-isolation is over. For things do online look at the Events page in this guide. 

Don't forget to look at hidden gems

Out and about in Dundee and Scotland

If shopping's more your thing see this guide

History of Dundee Quiz

Watch VisitScotland's video below about RSS Discovery

Duration: 01:30

Visit their Home page for more information

History of Dundee quiz

Try this quiz about Dundee's rich history - even if you know some of the answers you're guaranteed to learn something new!

Explore our City

Take this quick tour of the city

Duration: 01:00


V&A Dundee

You may have to stay inside your room for 14 days, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some art and culture!

The original Victoria and Albert Museum was founded in London in 1852, but on 15 September 2018, the V&A opened its second location right here in Dundee!  The museum works closely with the University, particularly the school of Art and Design, and has a number of free galleries open to the public. 

You might have to wait a while to visit the V&A in person, but why not take a virtual tour in the meantime? See our Events page for more to do in the virtual V&A

Photo by Red Dot on Unsplash

Public Art Tours of Dundee

Virtual Tour of Dundee

During lockdown, our University of Dundee Museum Curator, Matthew Jarron, made a series of virtual guided walks of public art and design in different parts of Dundee.

He used Google Streetview and photos from Public Art Dundee volunteers, Dundee City Council and private collections. Watch of some of these videos to get to know different areas of your new city!

Public Art Tours of Dundee

Here's one of the city centre to get you started...

(Duration 34:49)

Local dialect

Ken this?

As with every city, Dundee has its own colourful dialect.

100 Key Dundonian words Get ahead of the game by trying to learn a few local words!

Dundonian quiz Now test your Dundonian!

Speak like a Scot!

Mastering the Dundee dialect

Watch this video by the brilliant Korean Billy to see how he has mastered the dialect!

Duration 02:40

Here's an ither ane fur ye's!


Watch the video below to see how the locals do it! - select the icon bottom left to watch in full screen. 

Duration 02:46

Can you talk like Leo Capaldi?

The Scots accent takes a bit of getting used to, and to make things harder, as you'll have seen, it differs across the country. Watch this next video by Korean Billy to learn how to talk like famous Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi!

Duration 06:48

Dundee puzzle

Like puzzles?

The Academic Skills Centre has created a University Wordsearch to introduce you to Dundee.

The word search includes words about your studies, about the University, and the city of Dundee. You can do the wordsearch online or print it off, and every time you refresh the page, the puzzle will update with new words!

Explore Scotland

Explore Scotland

So now you have looked at Dundee City let's look a bit further afield and explore Scotland virtually, without having to worry about the weather!

Scotland is world famous for its stunning scenery, from rugged mountains to incredible beaches. Its people have a reputation for warmth, humour and hospitality. Look at some of the things your new home has to offer virtually for now and hopefully it won't be too long before you can visit some of these places in person.

Must see places

From museums and castles to mountains and lochs; there is something for everyone in Scotland - here are some ideas of must see places.

Top 20 tourist attractions in Scotland

10 best trips from Dundee

More things to do in Scotland

Ultimate Scottish trip

Deep fried Mars bars

Can you deep fry chocolate? We do in Scotland!

Watch Sam, an American tourist, sample some deep-fried chocolate delicacies in Edinburgh.

Duration 04.06

Scots Dictionary

An online and illustrated dictionary of Scots words

Visit the site

Sign which reads, Be ye man, be ye wumman, be ye gaun, be ye cummin, be ye early, be ye late, dinna furget tea shut the gate.


Whether you are a man, or a woman,

Whether you are coming or going,

Whether you are early or late.

Don't forget to,

Shut the gate

Scottish food and drink

More Scottish food and drink

Duration 03:10

Yes, we do deep fry Mars bars and pizzas in Scotland, but that is not the full extent of our cuisine!

Our beautiful, green and fertile country (rain is good for some things!) has amazing natural produce, from world-class fish and seafood, to the famous Aberdeen Angus beef. And how about Scotch whisky, heather honey and of course, our national dish, haggis! Locally, Tayside has one of the best climates to grow succulent soft fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries - try them when they're back in season next June - there are even farms nearby where you can pick your own!

Read about what Scotland has to offer to tickle your tastebuds


Top cooking tip/favourite dish

Do you know what this is in the picture? 

It's haggis and contrary to rumours you might have heard, it's not a one legged bird that roams the hills and glens of Scotland! 

To learn more about this traditional Scottish dish and see what it looks like when it's cooked see the BBC Good Food Guide

Did you know?

Scottish inventions

Television, penicillin and golf - just three of the incredible inventions originating in Scotland.

25 Scottish inventions that changed the world!

More about Scottish inventions

Now you've learned all about our inventions try this Scottish Inventors Quiz


The Old Course at St Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world - first played on in the early 15th century - and is only half and hour from Dundee. A great place to visit once travel restrictions permit. 

A Heilan' Coo

Have you come across one of these handsome guys yet!

When you are no longer isolating, if you leave Dundee by car or bus, heading along Riverside Drive towards Perth, look to your left after you're past the airport - you'll see some of these 'muckle' (big) beasts in a field happily munching on grass! 

Scotland's National Poet

Robert Burns

Born January 25, 1759, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland—died July 21, 1796, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire

Robert Burns - or, Rabbie Burns,  is Scotland's national, much-loved poet.

He lived from 1759 -1796, writing in the Scots language about everything from love to witches to mice!

Hopefully you will have a chance to attend a Burns' Supper while you are here - a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet, held around the anniversary of his birthday - 25th January.

You'll find plenty more by Rabbie in the University Library

Read some of Rabbie Burns' poems

(Duration 01:06)

You'll find plenty more about Rabbie in the Library

Of course, he's not the only famous Scot see 100 more famous Scots

If you're in Residences, Share in your household FB group who you think the most famous person is from your country. 

A Guide to Safe Travels in Scotland

Travel in Scotland

Duration 05:47

Scottish Quiz

How much do you know about Scotland? 

Time to give your eyes some rest away from your screens so you'll need a paper and pencil for this quiz - yes, really!

Why not make it into a competition with others in your household - no cheating! 

Start the Ultimate Scottish quiz

Student Services

Student Services

If you're finding it a bit overwhelming being in a strange town, or country, there is lots of support available for you from our services.

See our Support page

ASC Contact Details

This guide was created by the Academic Skills Centre, a part of Student Services' Skills Hub.

You can contact us at