Elizabeth If I was you, I wouldn't rent Arbroath for travelling to Laurencekirk because it's a long slow road up from there, it's not dual carriageway - from Arbroath to Laurencekirk you would be at least 30-40 minutes in the morning! I know it's hard to rent around Laurencekirk area - you should try Stonehaven, it's North of Laurencekirk but it's dual carriageway the whole way down and would probably take 15 minutes in the morning! Montrose is also an option, I live between Montrose and Laurencekirk - it takes about 20 minutes in the morning because you get caught at the junction to get over to the Laurencekirk side of the dual carriageway but there are ways to avoid that once you know the area! Hope that helps a little bit!
And Liam, you should ask the school about places to rent because hopefully previous probationers have had the same problem...and technically you could travel out from Aberdeen to Aboyne, although then you'd have the price of rent and travel =/
I'm more annoyed at the fact the induction day is up at Old Meldrum - because I'm the tail-end of Aberdeenshire it's miles away!
If anymore help is needed on renting, I'm here all week haha - bills are in the post =P