Accessing our Campus

Based in the heart of the city, Robert Gordon’s College educates 1600 pupils from 3 to 18 years of age daily at our Schoolhill site. Pupil safety and wellbeing is central to welcoming pupils onsite each day and families with children attending the College have a number of travel options available.

School Bus

School buses operate from a number of locations within the City and Shire. Each of our school buses have a member of staff or representative from First Group to accompany the children to and from school. These representatives are a friendly face and ensure the agreed drop off and pick up arrangements are in place between families and the school. Many children enjoy the daily commute with their friends which allows parents the comfort that their child is safe and well looked after.

The school runs three 'yellow buses' in the mornings, from Peterculter, Westhill and Ellon, for Junior and Senior pupils, arriving at approximately 8.15 am. Each bus is supervised by an adult in addition to the driver.

Two school buses run at the end of the day and are available for Junior School pupils only. End of day buses travel to Mannofield and Peterculter with various stops along the way.

Please note that Nursery children must be signed in and out of the Nursery on a daily basis and are therefore not able to use the School buses. P1-P4 children must be met at the bus stop by a parent, guardian or named representative, or walk with an older sibling (P5-P7) if consent is given. P5-7 pupils do not need to be met at the bus stop and may walk home on their own. 

Places on the school morning and afternoon buses can be reserved on a termly basis and are billed monthly in arrears.

Senior pupils are transported to Countesswells at 1.45pm on their games day and make their own way home. In addition buses are provided for teams travelling to Countesswells after school for training.

Public Transport

The campus is well served by public transport and is short walk from Aberdeen bus and train stations. Local service bus routes are also closely situated to the campus. 

  • Aberdeen Bus Station is situated within a 10 minute walk. Public buses travel through the City Centre with stops within a few minutes walking distance to the school. For more information and bus times visit First Group or Stagecoach.
  • Aberdeen Rail Station has frequent services from various areas through North East Scotland and the rest of the UK. For more information and train times visit ScotRail, LNER or National Rail.

Park and Ride

Park and Ride by bus and rail is available to provide access into the city centre. The drop off and pick up locations are at Craibstone, Kingswells and Bridge of Don within Aberdeen City, and Ellon in Aberdeenshire; as well as rail stations at Dyce, Portlethen, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Inverurie, Insch and Huntly. 

Park and Stride

Park and Stride is popular with families who utilise the on-street parking zones and public car parks located nearby. Pedestrians can access the campus from the front entrance gates from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and the rear entrance of the College at the junction of Blackfriars Street, Charlotte Street and St Andrews Street between 7:45 - 8:45 am and 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm.

Public car parking is also located within a short walking distance at:

The College has agreed with Bon Accord Centre management preferential parking rates for parents within the Loch Street and Harriet Street Car Parks. Parents are able to purchase a top-up card at a cost of £10 from the Information Desk on the Upper Mall of the Bon Accord Centre. Preferential parking tariffs are as follows: 

Duration Cost Discount
20 minutes Free £2.50
30 minutes £0.50 £2.00
1 hour £1.50 £1.00
2 hours £2.50 £1.00
3 hours £3.00 £1.00

Drop Off Zones

Aberdeen City Council have identified drop off zones for those families travelling to school by car. This information has been provided by Aberdeen City Council in accordance with the City Masterplan for the Schoolhill area. We would encourage families to use the drop off zones and accessible parking options around the campus to reduce congestion at the Schoolhill entrance. 

Working with partner agencies across the city, our aim is to realise the goal of making Aberdeen an even better place to live, work and visit. The Robert Gordon's College Travel Plan outlines measure to reduce the College’s traffic impact and promote sustainable and healthier forms of transport. We encourage our school community to travel safely at all times, respect the local traffic requirements and consider the travel options that work best for your family. Inside the school gates controlled access is in operation to ensure there is a safe environment for pupils to play and move around the campus.

Access to our Schoolhill campus by car is only permitted for the following groups:

  • Nursery Drop Off/Pick Up (from August 2019)
  • Out of Hours Care Drop Off/Pick Up
  • Service Providers
  • Staff transferring between Schoolhill and Countesswells
  • Visitors with appointments at the College
  • Emergency Services