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.

 

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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

Accommodation

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

(Source: Numbeo)

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Public Transport

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.

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Shopping

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. 

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Edinburgh

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!

 

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Dundee

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.

 

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Anstruther

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.

 

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Stirling

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.

 

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Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park

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!

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4th August 2020

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16th July 2015

Great town by the seaside

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5th July 2015

Picturesque, stunning...

Picturesque, stunning views, wonderful beaches. Great traditions, lots to do- but not necessarily for students. Very pricey especially houses (rent around £500 ppm if you are lucky) Only one nightclub, but it is a blast and there is always the union which is in the process of being redeveloped. Limited shopping but great bus links to Edinburgh and Dundee. A very different student experience and one I wouldn't change for anything read more

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5th July 2015

I absolutely love this...

I absolutely love this town, I'll miss it sooooo much when I graduate! read more

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5th July 2015

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Beautiful but it is a tad expensive read more

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4th July 2015
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4th July 2015

I'm not really a town...

I'm not really a town person but I love St Andrews, it really feels like home to me now. The town atmosphere is great and people are generally very friendly read more

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4th July 2015
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4th July 2015
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4th July 2015

It's a small town , it's...

It's a small town , it's surprising how even there are shops here and it's a great small town life . It's different from a city , but I wanted a change . read more

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3rd July 2015
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3rd July 2015

it's extortionate to...

it's extortionate to live here, but it's lovely town once you learn to navigate the tourists read more

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3rd July 2015

If you are rich great...

If you are rich great but this is no place for anyone who is struggling with money. read more

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3rd July 2015

Walkable town, fantastic...

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3rd July 2015

The town has an unbelievable...

The town has an unbelievable amount of history and a lot of pubs! read more

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3rd July 2015

St Andrews is the best...

St Andrews is the best place on the planet, stunning views, stunning people and stunning activities. For the person who isn't into the big city life but loves a close knit community where friends are easily made St Andrews is the town for you. read more

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3rd July 2015
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3rd July 2015

Lovely seaside town....

Lovely seaside town. Rent can get pricey but manageable if prepared. read more

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21st April 2015

Expensive but lovely....

Expensive but lovely. Union is great (and cheap), plenty of social and night life that is also safe. Great place to be. read more

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