Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Dubai

With a free shuttle-bus straight from your new home into the heart of Dubai you’ll find a great balance of student life, combining academics with the incredible experiences Dubai has to offer.


University of Dubai

13 minutes by shuttle-bus from University of Dubai

Established in 1997  UOD offers a huge variety of business, law, engineering and IT programs.

American University of the Emirates

15 minutes by shuttle-bus from AUE

The university's motto is ‘nothing is impossible’. It has 6 colleges including Business Administration, Law, Fine Arts and Design and Education.

Dubai Outlet Mall

10 minutes by shuttle-bus from Dubai Outlet Mall

Home to 240 stores offering discounts of between 30-90% off. Shops include Diesel, Adidas, Nike, Burberry and DKNY.

Dubai Mall

25 minutes by shuttle-bus from Dubai Mall

The world’s largest and most visited retail and entertainment destination. Shop, dine, stay and even visit the aquarium and underwater zoo.

Mall of the Emirates

27 minutes by shuttle-bus from Mall of the Emirates

Hit the shops or the slopes in the Middle East's first indoor ski resort.

Dubai Creek

32 minutes by shuttle-bus from Dubai Creek

Take a ride on the water in a traditional abra for just AED1 to visit the gold, spice and textile souks.

Burj Khalifa

22 minutes by shuttle-bus from Burj Khalifa

Take in all that Dubai has to offer at 555 meters on the viewing desk of the world’s tallest building.

Desert Safari Tours

22 minutes by shuttle-bus from Desert Safari Tours

The one stop shop for all your experiences, pick from desert safaris, hot air balloon rides and helicopter sightseeing.

Aquaventure Waterpark

22 minutes by shuttle-bus from Aquaventure Waterpark

This 17-hectare stretch is jam packed with adrenaline raising rides and slides or take a dive into a tank with over 65,000 marine animals.


26 minutes by shuttle-bus from BOXPARK

Bringing Hipster Dubai. This urban and trendy platform offers a #stuffforstudents card with exclusive deals.


31 minutes by shuttle-bus from DUM DUM

These yummy circles are baked not fried. Healthy doughnuts…. we're sold!

Coffee Museum

30 minutes by shuttle-bus from Coffee Museum

Needing that caffeine hit after a day of lectures? Visit the coffee museum for delicious coffee brewed in the traditional Japanese siphon method.

QueClub Café

29 minutes by shuttle-bus from QueClub Café

Claim your gaming crown at one of Que Clubs competitive tournaments.

Ravi Restaurant

29 minutes by shuttle-bus from Ravi Restaurant

Ravi is one of the oldest restaurants in Dubai. No white tablecloths just honest Pakistani curry.

There’s so much to see in Dubai! With our free shuttle-bus serving routes from your student accommodation to all the key destinations in the city, it’s easy to strike a balance between academia and adventure here.

Welcome to Dubai!

Uninest Dubailand is located next door to Academic City, meaning everything you’ll ever need is only a stone throw’s away.

Dubai itself is known for its unique mix of over-the-top, contemporary architecture (case in point: Burj Khalifa, the 2723-feet-tall skyscraper) and beautiful cultural landmarks, which makes for an exciting university experience.

Shop till you drop

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ‘Dubai’? Most people would say the shopping malls, and they’re not wrong!

The city is home to the largest mall in the world – the Dubai Mall covers the ground of 50 football pitches and it houses 1,200 stores. Even if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, you can enjoy an array of attractions here, including an ice rink, a cinema, a huge arcade, and the world’s largest aquarium.

Go on an Arabian adventure

Fancy yourself as a culture vulture? Then dive head-first into the city’s rich heritage by visiting the Al Bastakiya (or Bastakia Quarter), a historical neighbourhood where you can see some of the traditional wind towers – an early method of air-conditioning – and other period features.

Alternatively, book yourself in for a meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This will give you the opportunity to learn about local traditions and customs, and can also be a place to make friends with other internationals as well. Other activities that you should most definitely add to your to-do list include riding an abra across the Dubai Creek and haggling with the vendors at the Gold, Spice, and Textile souks.

If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, spend the day dune-bashing in a 4×4, or trekking on a camel, then end it with feasting under the stars whilst learning about the Bedouin lifestyle.

Treat yourself to some local cuisine

Eating out is one of the highlights in Dubai for many students – and indeed the locals too. You can opt to start your day with some traditional Arabian breakfast at the Arabian Tea House in Al Bastakiya, or you can find some of the most authentic Middle-Eastern streetfood at Al Mallah Restaurant on Dhiyafah Street.

What if you’re not an adventurous eater? Fret not: the large expat and migrant-worker community in Dubai is reflected in the extensive variety of international cuisine the city offers – perfect for times when you crave a taste of home.

Have you fallen in love with the sound of Dubai? Take a look at our beautiful residence in the city centre, and what we deliver for our residents!