Love the town, makes being at the University feel even more special, beautiful setting by the sea
By member810410 On 5th July 2015
Study in St Andrews
St Andrews is a small place so there is only one university to choose from, the University of St Andrews. It is the oldest university in Scotland and has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence.
St Andrews University
St Andrews University has a world-class reputation and holds many traditions that as a student you will quickly become accustomed to. The university has cutting edge facilities housed in the historic buildings located around St Andrews town. There are over 900 courses on offer, over 140 student societies and 50 sports clubs.
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St Andrews Student Life
It is a unique location due to its history and the way the university is integrated into the town, making it a special and intimate place to study. Students make up a third of the town during term time, so the locals are well-used to having you around and although the town is small there are all the amenities you need and more.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs range from £59 to £250 per week; the average is £170 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Dundee: £135/week, Edinburgh: £199/week, Glasgow: £169/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)
The average price for:
A cheap meal at a restaurant: £12
A pint of beer: £3.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.60
1L of milk: £0.90
A loaf of white bread: £1.00
Getting around St Andrew’s is easy by foot or bike. To travel out of town there are good links by rail and road. Dundee, the nearest city, is only 13 miles away and Edinburgh is an hour by train. There are express buses that run to major Scottish cities, almost hourly.
St Andrews has a small but lovely selection of independent boutiques and family-run shops, you can find anything from golf gear and crystals to books and vintage clothes. However, if you are looking for a larger selection and the well-known high street names then you can head to nearby Dundee.
Take a scenic train journey to nearby Edinburgh, for an unmissable day trip. There is so much to do from the Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Old Town to an abundance of bars, comedy clubs and fantastic shopping. Your day trip might just need to extend to a weekend away!
In just half an hour on a train, you can be in Dundee. This compact city is excellent for a day visit with everything accessible by foot. It was named UNESCO’s city of design in 2014 and since then has become home to V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum.
Jump in a car and in 15 minutes you can be at Ansthruther a traditional fishing village with tiny cobbled streets. It has a multi-award winning fish and chip shop, The Anstruther Fish Bar, which is a must. It also plays host to plenty of wildlife, take a boat trip to spot seals and puffins.
The “Gateway to the Highlands” is an hour away by road. It is a must-visit for history lovers due to its huge significance in Scotland’s tumultuous past, coupled with its breath-taking scenery, Stirling should be high on your to-do list.
Slightly further afield, around an hour and a half, spend a weekend exploring this stunning Scottish National Park. Take in the beautiful scenery of lochs and mountains with the many hiking trails. Make sure you don’t miss the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and perhaps squeeze in a whisky tasting or two!
Top 10 St Andrews Accommodation
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St Regulus Hall
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St Salvator's Hall
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Andrew Melville Hall
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Agnes Blackadder Hall
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