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Studying at University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is located in Fife, Scotland. It is Scotland's oldest university and ranks as 5th in the whole of the UK and within the top 20 in the world for Humanities and Art. The university boasts a small enough community to be inclusive yet a reputation that attracts the best students and staff across the globe.
The university overlooks the North Sea and surrounding beaches and countryside of Fife. The town itself has everything you need, from the quirkier boutiques to more well-known shops and outlets. Nearby St Andrews also has its own theatre, hundreds of pubs and a cinema. Both towns are very close to the university and are easy to get around on a bike.
St Andrews is well known as the home of golf and boasts seven courses. There are more than 50 sports clubs to have a go at and the Sports Centre has many facilities including indoor courts and sports halls, fitness classes, a gym, fitness suites, six tennis courts, 400m athletics track, 11 football pitches, rugby, cricket and lacrosse pitches plus a basketball court. The Sports Centre also offers several other services such as personal training, fitness assessments and nutrition consultations. Currently £millions are being invested into the development of new facilities that are expected to have national significance.
St Andrews Students' Association building offers a Blackwells bookshop and Bop nightclub where annual events and fashion shows are hosted. There are over 140 societies on offer, with something that should appeal to every individual from Dr Who and Latin Dancing to Habitat for Humanity and Rock. University radio station STAR and fortnightly newspaper The Saint are also great ways to get involved and add to your skills while meeting new people. Another major part of university life at St Andrews is volunteering, raising money for charity through RAG and Project Zambia, a project that works alongside Sport in Action to provide services for the local community and professional development for staff and students. The university consistently tops the polls for student satisfaction and experience.
Many well-known people have graduated from the University of St Andrews, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, several Nobel Prize winners, Cycling Champion Sir Chris Hoy, Deputy Director of MI6 George Kennedy Young, First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, MPs Malcolm Bruce, Barry Gardiner and Lewis Moonie, CEO of Rolls-Royce plc Sir John Rose, actor Crispin Bonham-Carter and poet Robert Aytoun.
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Read University of St Andrews Reviews
It is a really vibrant place with a lot going on. I feel like the more you immerse yourself with the traditions and the life in St. Andrews, you the more you will enjoy the university. It's very different to other unis.
Here you don't learn just facts and figures. Here you learn how to look for your voice, built upon it, and express it. Then, once you go out in 'the real world' and have more access to first-hand resources (no matter of your field) you are well equipped to be critical and insightful, to look beyond the first impression
Huge strengths supporting and enhancing students' academic skills outside of the lecture theatre. Very strong community feeling. Abundance of charitable groups. Sports facilities aren't high tech and in terms of clubs there is less than what a bigger city might be able to offer, but it in no way diminishes the experience. In fact, it more than makes up for this with its quirky traditions and bonfires on the beach. Lecturers go above and beyond.
St Andrews is a small unique town which, just like the university, is full of character and opportunity. There are hundreds of different sports clubs and societies to join, and the careers centre is incredibly helpful at encouraging students to pursue extra curricular activities in order to increase your skill base and employability. St Andrews is an amazing and beautiful place to live and to study.
I love my uni and love living here! It's a small town with everything you need and more than enough going on to make it interesting. The student body is very international. It's difficult to score well but that also means we don't have grade inflation and the academics are rigorous to keep you working and learning.
St Andrews was definitely the right choice for me. I love this little town because it fosters such a strong sense of community among the students, while having the campus integrated into the town makes it feel less stifling. If you like anything, there will be a club for it. And if there isn't, you can always make one! I love this university and definitely made the right choice in coming here.
The facilities really aren't so great, especially the sports centre is absolutely atrocious, however, the campus is so gorgeous... I had to give it four stars at least. Clubs and societies are very good, union is pretty poor actually, freshers week as organized by the union isn't too great (hit Starfields instead). Careers are very self-starter, you really need to search yourself, wi-fi is just kind of difficult and poor in general.
As a place of academic study, this university is almost faultless. The courses are in-depth and challenging, and students must put in a lot of effort in order to succeed because of the high number of very intelligent students. This can make for a very pressured environment, and indeed, eating disorders and mental health conditions are perhaps more prevalent here than elsewhere. That said, the student support team are very good (probably because they have to be). The campus buildings are mostly pretty but walking between them can take up to 25 minutes, which can mean missing large chunks of classes depending on your timetable. Socially, the university is only good if you are extroverted or good at making friends. If you struggle with this, the small town and the small university can make you feel isolated if you do not have a social life to distract you. Overall, this university is like Marmite. Whilst it can be an incredible experience for some, it just isn't right for others.
Aside from the shiny new union / fantastic range of societies and opportunities / great career prospects / academic excellence / quirky traditions / beautiful environment - the biggest selling point of St Andrews for me is its community. You can take me out of St Andrews but you can't take St Andrews out of me! Best 5 years of my life.
Such a great, cosy place to study; running into friends all over the place is definitely a recurring feature here. The various facility buildings are well equipped and suited for whatever subject it hosts and all members of staff I've come across have been welcoming and passionate about any inquiry you may have. Student accommodation is adapt and equipped to most things you may need, including various study areas and activity rooms within the dorms themselves (music room, movie room, etc.). The town itself is beautiful, with older rustic buildings and cobbled streets leading to beautiful beaches and ruins of a castle. With a gorgeous setting with wonderful traditions (like jumping into the North Sea at dawn on the first of May and a huge foam fight in the quad) and a union of the town and gown into a wonderful community, I'm definitely glad I chose to study here.
The sense of community in the quaint university town of St. Andrews is incredible. With incredible teaching, courses, staff, students and facilities, St. Andrews is a great choice. Not to mention the multimillion pound refurbished students union! I have one year left and I'm devastated I will have to leave. Once you come here you will fall in love with everything about it!
Quite an intense university even for freshers but an amazing experience with people from all over the world in beautiful surroundings. Top quality lecturers and there is a great variety of subjects for third modules
St Andrews is almost impossible not to love. The place is gorgeous.l, but despite the old facades of the buildings everything is renovated inside. Modern buildings are just as amazing, perhaps with the exception of the physics building. / One thing I'd advise people to be careful with is the fact that the university is the only one in the area and can be a bubble. Though as a big city person, I got used to it over time. If you are too bored, you can always take a trip to the nearest cities.
I'm now going into my second year at St Andrews. It is a truly wonderful place to study with many opportunities to get involved in different societies and events from both traditional to modern. It is also a diverse place with students from over 100 countries. You find a great balance between studying and socialising at St Andrews. Keywords to describe St Andrews: friendly, diverse, traditional, historic, beautiful, and overall, excellent.
So before i came here unlike all other keen freshers i didnt research at all about it so it was a huge shock for me as a city girl to live in a small town. I wanted to move right away and was already making my application to other bigger universities. But before i knew it i loved this place. I loved how small it is, which was a shock, and i absalotely got so used to the simple small, fancy, "posh" with horrible weather little town
there are a lot of things I hate about being at St. Andrews but they are nothing to do with the university itself and everything to do with the weather - if you can deal with whiplash meteorology there's not better place to be.
If you're looking for an oxford sub then St Andrews delivers on the social side. One of the most socially elite universities in the country- maybe even more elite than oxbridge. However academically and structurally it leaves a lot to be desired- no one to one tutorials- first year feels like a levels- the domination of the Kate Kennedy Club is somewhat annoying- there is a lack of a left wing movement most universities have at the moment- this is both a bad and a god thing. It allows St Andrews to be very independent and free thinking but also gives ground to a tory consensus that feels of kilter- if not charming. But also problematic. The nightlife is closeknit and lovely but also suffocating. The sports are excellent. The housing awful. The creative groups small and intense because of their rarity thought this lends them a specialness. The academic family is a great institution which allows you to break out of the monitinity of hall- and get to meet third years.
I have just finished my first year at St Andrews and I love it. The town is beautiful and the people are so welcoming. The academics are well taught and our tutorials are very interesting. There is truly never a dull moment during the academ year and I am so glad that I decided to study here!