Welcome to Aberdeen University Boat Club!

We are run by students, for students and our success is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all those involved in rowing for Aberdeen University.


Aberdeen University Boat Club is one of the largest and most successful clubs at the University of Aberdeen. First founded in 1870 the club has seen a rich history seeing the likes of national, international and Olympic athletes pass through its boathouse. Situated on the banks of the River Dee the club prides itself in delivering the sport of rowing and encourages rowers of all abilities to achieve their potential. Everyone is welcome, from those who have never tried rowing, wanting a weekly paddle to more hardened athletes looking to improve fitness and represent the University at local, national and international events.

AUBC is part of a joint venture with Robert Gordon University Boat Club (RGUBC) as University Rowing Aberdeen (URA) to support the next generation of rowing talent for Scotland and Great Britain.

URA is divided into four squads with senior men and women as well as novice men and women’s squads. Coxes are also vital to every squad in training and racing. URA’s newly appointed head coach, Lewis McCue has tailored training to each individual squads needs and abilities.

AUBC is well recognised within Aberdeen as part of the Aberdeen Boat race, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management. Each year since 1995 we race our first eight against RGU’s on the Dee finishing the day with the Boat Race Ball.
Other occasions also highlighted in the rowing calendar include regular racing in events from Inverness to London. Alongside these a thriving social scene is upheld with numerous functions, fundraising events and training camps.

Rowing is a fantastic sport, a great way of staying fit and meeting new people. If you are interested in rowing at Aberdeen, want to know more about the sport in general, or are just thinking of staying in shape while enjoying student life in Aberdeen, we are the club for you- please do not hesitate contact us. There has never been a better time to row for University Rowing Aberdeen!