Renting a room in Aberdeen

I've been unemployed for several months. I live in Central Scotland and been applying for jobs all over the area, with no success.

I'm now contemplating looking for jobs in Aberdeen. In case I am successful, I might need to rent a room there during the week and come back home at the weekend, at least to start off with.

I'm a mature person and would prefer sharing a house/flat with just one other person. Does anyone know roughly how much it would cost me per week for a bedroom in the city centre or suburbs? Cheers.
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  • mrs_T
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    Looking at gumtree it seems to be £300+ a month including bills. Good luck and let me know if you need any more info. on aberdeen although I am an incomer from the central belt myself, I've only been here 30 years.
  • whispony
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    Aberdeen is an expensive place for renting. Just for a room you will easily pay £100 + per week.
  • deedee71
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    You could also try www.spareroom.co.uk. If you were needing a room in Ayrshire, I've got three lol :rotfl:

    I looked into this once before but the slightly higher salary in Aberdeen just didn't cover the additional living costs. Cheapest I saw at the time was £75 for a Mon-Fri let and involved a 60 mile round trip commute!
  • ninnoodle
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    I think it depends where you look. Of course there are expensive areas, just like any, but you can get a room to rent in Aberdeen in a decent enough area for as little as £60 pw. Aberdeen can be expensive, but so can Edinburgh or Glasgow. You just need to know where to look. Gumtree is a good place to start, and also check the Press & Journal classifieds.

    Also, you might be just cheaper renting full-time and travelling back at weekends rather than specifically paying for a property for the working week.
  • Thanks to all who replied and for your useful advice!

    I know Aberdeen is expensive and it might not make financial sense to rent a room up there. Anyway, I'll check out the rents at gumtree and spareroom and also familiarise myself with the area, just in case.

    Is the weather much colder than in Central Scotland?? What's winter like? What about the cost of living (food, transport, etc) as compared to Glasgow and Edinburgh? I would very much welcome any further advice on practicalities of living in Aberdeen, please.

    To my experience, Aberdonians are very friendly, so, that's a big plus!
  • mrs_T
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    edited 23 January 2012 at 1:03PM
    Weather has been extremely mild this winter, we haven't had snow in the city yet unlike central belt. Does tend to be a bit colder here though and we do get the haar, sea fog rolling in, often at the end of a nice day. Buses are expensive and firstbus have just put up their fares: Adult Stage 1-2 £1.00 Adult Stage 3-5 £1.80 Adult Stage 6+£2.30

    Can't comment on food as I don't know prices elsewhere but we have plenty of aldi/lidl/farmstores/iceland as well as all the other big supermarkets.
  • mrs_T wrote: »
    Weather has been extremely mild this winter, we haven't had snow in the city yet unlike central belt. Does tend to be a bit colder here though and we do get the haar, sea fog rolling in, often at the end of a nice day. Buses are expensive and firstbus have just put up their fares: Adult Stage 1-2 £1.00 Adult Stage 3-5 £1.80 Adult Stage 6+£2.30

    Can't comment on food as I don't know prices elsewhere but we have plenty of aldi/lidl/farmstores/iceland as well as all the other big supermarkets.

    Mrs T, many thanks for this information!
  • ninnoodle
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    There's not nearly as much rain as on the west coast - it is relatively dry. But it can get windy, and the wind off the North Sea can be biting cold!
    Transport (buses and taxis) are dearer I've been told, than Glasgow or Edinburgh. But the city is really small and you can get about on foot or bike to a lot of places no bother.
  • ninnoodle wrote: »
    There's not nearly as much rain as on the west coast - it is relatively dry. But it can get windy, and the wind off the North Sea can be biting cold!
    Transport (buses and taxis) are dearer I've been told, than Glasgow or Edinburgh. But the city is really small and you can get about on foot or bike to a lot of places no bother.

    Thanks for that!

    Do you know what kind of industries or companies are doing well in Aberdeen pls?
  • missile
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    edited 24 January 2012 at 6:21AM
    Do you know what kind of industries or companies are doing well in Aberdeen pls?

    You would need to be more specific about what you want to do and your skills. In a.n.other thread you talked about your aspirations to work in banking, sales and retail management. All of the major players have stores in Aberdeen. I suggest you try one of them. If and when you live in the area you will find it easier to find employment / move on to another job.

    Please be advised, the streets are not paved with gold and cost of living is higher than Glasgow.
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