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Maybe, just maybe, design-led Dundee has it all

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in Scotland’s sunniest city?

Published: 27/04/2018

Dundee has come a long way from its reputation of the three ‘Js’ – ‘jute, jam and journalism’. Nowadays if you say Dundee you think gaming and arts and culture thanks to its world-renowned art school, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, the imminent opening of the first ever Victoria & Albert Museum of Design (V&A) outside of London and the birthplace of gaming company Rockstar Games which created Grand Theft Auto.

The waterfront, where the V&A Dundee is located, has undergone a major £1bn regeneration. An international flavour has been brought to the city in the form of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who is behind the design of the V&A. This is situated alongside another iconic Dundee landmark – the RSS Discovery of Antarctica.

RSS Discovery of Antartica, Dundee

Dundee was named Unesco’s first UK City of Design in 2014, recognised for its contributions to medical research, comics and video games.

Speaking of video games, Abertay University in Dundee launched the world’s first degree in computer games in 1997 so it is little wonder the city has been such a pioneer in the gaming industry.

Dundee is home to childhood icons The Beano, The Dandy and Oor Willie. The city has statues of both Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx making for an excellent Instagram opportunity! There’s even The Scottish Centre for Comic Studies based at the University of Dundee.

Moving to Dundee pretty much guarantees you’re going to experience the best weather in Scotland as it was ranked among the driest cities in Scotland and it has long held the title of Scotland’s sunniest city thanks to its south facing position ensuring more sunshine hours than anywhere else in Scotland! Now, after a six month winter, if that’s not a reason to move there, we don’t know what is!

Dundee really does offer it all – a cosmopolitan city with bars, coffee shops, clubs and restaurants as well as great places to shop such as the Overgate shopping centre. It’s situated on the banks of the River Tay, providing beautiful views and sunsets. The former fishing village Broughty Ferry is just a stone’s throw away if you want to go somewhere more peaceful and take a walk on the beach.  

It’s well connected, with excellent rail links to the rest of Scotland and the UK. You can be in Edinburgh or Glasgow in an hour and a half. Or you could head north to Aberdeen in an hour and fifteen minutes. Dundee even has its own airport providing direct flights to London Stansted.

If career aspirations lead you to Dundee, the average cost of renting a flat is around £444 per month, this is guidance from the University of Dundee for student accommodation so the reality is likely to be a little more for young professionals. The university points out that the cost of living is 14% lower in Dundee than the UK average, meaning your hard-earned cash goes further! 

Given its compact size it’s pretty easy to get around this city without public transport. However the ‘Xplore Dundee’ adult travelcard is an easy and cheap way to get around starting at £13.80 for a weekly pass.

If you’re interested in a placement in this creative hub, keep an eye on our graduate placements which are updated regularly, these can be found here. We are currently recruiting for a Graduate Biologist to undertake a 12 month placement at Dundee based MicroMatrices Associates. For more information, take a look here.