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St Andrews is a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413 we are the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. Once the centre of Scottish political and religious life, St Andrews retains many marvellous mediaeval buildings, juxtaposed with modern cutting-edge Science and Arts facilities.


Location

The town of St Andrews sits on a rocky headland overlooking the dramatic waters of the North Sea; a breathtaking position. 20,000 people, including students, live in this quaint town with its long, fascinating history. Many beautiful buildings still stand as monuments to the thousands of years it has been a focal point for bishops and kings, saints and martyrs. Wherever you walk you are reminded of a colourful and rich history. The University does not have a campus as you might first expect. Instead the wide streets contain buildings both ancient and modern separated by narrow ‘wynds’; academic buildings exist next to residential houses and students live in the heart of the town in halls of residence or flats. This all provides a unique location for a special university.

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Facilities

As you might expect, the University has superb facilities, housed in a variety of buildings ranging from the ultra-modern new Medical laboratories on our North Haugh site, to the mediaeval grandeur of St Salvator’s Quadrangle where many lectures are held daily. Our town centre library has just been refurbished at a cost of £14 million and there are also plans for multi-million pound upgrades to be made to the Students’ Union, and to the University Sports Centre.

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Accommodation

With nearly 4,000 study bed spaces and a fantastic variety of accommodation to match all tastes and budgets we are sure that we have something to suit everyone. We recommend that you visit Student Accommodation Services’ web pages for up-to-date fee information, and please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the full range of facilities on offer in each residence, prior to making your online application.

Our residences range from beautiful stone-built listed buildings full of original period features, to stylish new apartments, built to high environmental and sustainability standards. Importantly, all of our accommodation adheres to government licencing requirements so you can be certain that we always meet a rigorous standard of accommodation maintenance and health and safety criteria.

A range of catered and self-catered accommodation is available, with a choice of standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities or ensuite.  Ensuite rooms include a toilet, sink and shower attached to the room for the sole use of the occupant/s.

Once you receive an offer of a place to study at the University it is time to apply for accommodation. Please do not wait for your offer status to change, regardless of whether your offer is conditional or unconditional you need to apply by 30th June in your year of entry.

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Student life

Most students at St Andrews rate the St Andrews experience very highly. For the past six years the National Student Survey has placed us consistently as one of the top mainstream universities in the UK, and in the Times Higher similarly for the category ‘student experience’. While all individual experience of St Andrews varies, clearly we provide an environment which suits the broadest spectrum of tastes.

We have over 140 student societies – more than any other university in Scotland – focusing around anything from Debating and Hillwalking to Juggling and the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers Appreciation Society! View the full list of student societies

The Sports Experience (60+ clubs available) is crucial and sees over 50% of the students signed up to the Sports Centre with many of our performance athletes competing all over the UK. View the list of Sports Clubs

Being a small university, students have a real chance to integrate and to feel a sense of belonging. They are active in politics, in volunteering locally and in playing a governance role in how their services are run. We celebrate our student diversity, with more international countries represented than any other Scottish institution. 

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What our students say

Farhad (India) graduated from the University of St Andrews with an M.A. Joint Honours in Economics and Management in 2010. During his time at St Andrews, he got the opportunity to balance his academic stint with several extra-curricular activities such as representing the University in squash and cricket ,holding management positions in several societies, excelling in drama and being responsible for several fund raising activities across a range of charities.

Farhad then went on to pursue an MSc in Finance at the Warwick Business School the following year, which was ranked the top school for Finance in the UK that year.

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Key facts & figures

  • St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, after Oxford and Cambridge
  • The University is currently celebrating a three year 600th anniversary campaign (and a £100m fundraising drive), which was launched by graduate the Duke of Cambridge in 2010 and will culminate in 2013
  • With students and staff from over 100 countries, St Andrews is the most cosmopolitan university in Scotland
  • World-class reputation in teaching and research consistently place St Andrews top in Scotland in the annual domestic league tables, and its students consistently rate it amongst the best in the country in the National Student Survey
  • St Andrews’ graduates include statesmen, inventors, authors, political leaders and journalists. Among them are: inventor of the logarithm John Napier, James Wilson, one of the fathers of the American Constitution, Nobel Prize Winner Sir James Black, First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, writer Fay Weldon, actress Siobhan Redmond, Michael Forsythe, actor Crispin Bonham-Carter, broadcaster Hazel Irvine and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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16 The Scores 
St Andrews, KY16 9AX

tel: +44 (0)1334 462150

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