Location: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Size: 6,628 undergraduates
Percent Women: 58%
Tuition (one year): UK students: £9,000 International Students: £16,230
Most Popular Degrees: History, International Relations, Modern Languages, Biology, Chemistry.
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 10%, 521 UCAS points.
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Why Choose St Andrews?
‘It’s in a beautiful location, with the sea, the beach and historical landmarks such as the pier, the castle and cathedral.’
‘It’s a really intimate university, and although this sounds generic, with a real sense of community. I’m always bumping into my friends around town. St Andrews is such a friendly place.’
‘There are so many students from around the world – creating a really diverse and international university. Now I have friends to stay with all over the globe and get to celebrate every festival – from Thanksgiving to Dwiali.’
‘I wanted to have the opportunity to live in Scotland, it’s such a beautiful country with an amazing sense of history.’
‘St Andrews is an internationally renowned university, constantly in the top five for university rankings, so the academic aspect drew me to St Andrews.'
‘I love the fact that there is such a close knit community in St Andrews, and although there is definitely the occasional bump – pretty amazing town-gown relations.'
‘St Andrews is a really small town, so it’s easy to get everywhere quickly. I love that all my friends live within ten minutes of me… whereas at other universities you have to get a bus or use public transport to get around.’
‘There are an amazing array of different societies. I think there are over 140. They range from charitable societies such as Oxfam, to musical, with lots of a university a cappella groups and everything in between. There is even a Dr. Who and a Tunnocks Tea Cakes appreciation society.’
‘There are amazing traditions such as academic families. First year students get adopted by third year students, who become their parents. The academic family culminates on Raison Monday, where there is a massive foam fight in the university quad. I think it’s supposed to be the biggest foam fight in Europe.’
‘My favourite tradition is the May Dip. Students first participate in the Gaudie by walking up and down the pier in memory of a student who died trying to rescue some fishermen. Afterwards, there are parties all night until dawn, when everybody runs in to the sea. It’s mad, but also hilarious.’
‘Sometimes the university feels a little small and claustrophobic. It’s sometimes known as the bubble. There aren’t that many places to go clubbing if that is your type of thing.’
‘I would say the union, but it is the middle of being redeveloped. I can’t wait for the end product.’
‘The weather can be horrible. Especially as many of the flats around town are from really old buildings, with no insulation, meaning that it can get freezing!’
‘I don’t really like the semester schedule. It’s really different from all my English friends because there are two semesters instead of three terms, which means that somehow the holidays never seem to overlap.’
‘There is a real lack of student accommodation. It’s such a popular university, but such a small town. It can sometimes be a real struggle to find somewhere to live that is close to town.’
New Collegiette on Campus
‘I really enjoyed meeting loads of people that I hadn’t met before. My school was pretty remote and insular – so I really enjoyed having a broader variety of friends from different nationalities and religions.’
‘All the halls have different identifies and characteristics. My hall, University hall, used to periodically have vodka parties for everyone in the halls. We also had Christmas and Halloween dinners. There was definitely a University Hall spirit; we even had our own chant.’
‘First years mainly live in Halls – there a variety of different types: in town/outside town, catered/non catered, shared/not shared etc. There is wide range of choice, so hopefully one will fit your needs.’
‘I shared a room first year. It definitely wouldn’t suit everyone, but we got on really well and now live together in a flat.’
All About Academics
‘I didn’t take advantage of first and second year not counting I regret it. I worked too hard.’
‘I like the St Mary’s library best, it’s way more homely than the main library.’
'‘The library is a really social hub; it has a café inside, and loads of stuff going on outside. There is always bake sales or ticket sales going on.’
‘I like the fact that in first and second you can try out lots of different subjects. I tried out Spanish and economics, which was really interesting.’
Learn from the Best
‘There are world renown university at St Andrews. I love the fact that in my subject, many of the key text which I have been studying have been written by my professors. It makes me geek out!’
‘St Andrews is currently the top third university in the UK, it’s amazing!’
‘The IR department here is really popular.’
‘The class sizes are really small, in my subject, which means that you can really get to know people. I have loads of group projects, so I find going to class really sociable.’
Interests & Involvements
‘I’ve made some of my best friends through sports teams and other extracurriculars. Everyone does something, and most people are involved in lots of different things. Each society has differeign levels of commitment so they cater to everyone.’
‘Most clubs and societies participate in the Fresher’s Fayre, which happens at the end of Fresher’s Week. At the Fayre you can sign up to be on the mailing lists and buy membership. There is also a Sports Fayre where you can do the same thing. Sports clubs generally have a ‘give-it-a-go’ wee where you can try out the sport before you commit to a membership.’
“I’ve really enjoyed trying new things whilst being in St Andrews. Seeing as I was in the Home of Golf, I thought I should give the game a try – it’s so much fun!! I have lessons with the Ladies’ Golf Club, which also organises great socials, and have been striving to improve my game.”
“There are too many sports teams to count! Everyone seems to be involved in something, even if it’s just as a social member. Sports range from cheerleeding, to gymnastics, to playing polo on the beach!"
“The Athletic Union offers lots of different classes, like Yoga and Spin Fit, and they’re all included in your gym membership.”
“Rugby Sevens happens in April, and teams from across the country come to compete. Lots of people go to watch and have parties afterwards. It’s a great night out!”
“Last year St Andrews played a fundraising Ice hockey game against the University of Edinburgh. Everyone got behind it and it was a really fun event with lots of money raised for charity.”
"St Andrews is the home of gold, and has wold famous golfing facilities. If you are into golf, then you can get a massively reduced student discount, if you are just a spectator, then you can enjoy the Alfred Links Dunhill cup, where lots of celebrities including Hugh Grant decsend on the town.!"
“The majority of undergrads are girls, but I don’t mind – it means I have more girl friends to hang out and be silly with!”
“There is quite a style stereotype for girls (and boys!) – you see lots of Barbour coats and Hunter wellies!”
“There is a girls club for almost all of the sports clubs – this means anyone can get involved and not feel intimidated by the boys.”
“Often at Ceilidhs there’ll be lots more girls than guys – I always have to dance the man’s part with another girl, which sometimes gets confusing!'
“There are lots of different societies supporting feminism, from Her Campus, to Fem Soc to Women for Women International."
"For a cheeky triubute to the St Andrews Girls, check out this video by the St Andrews A Cappella group, The Other Guys."
Food & Drink
“I absolutely love the plethora of coffee shops in St Andrews – my absolute favourite afternoon treat is having the carrot cake from North Point.”
“Usually you live in halls for your first year, and then you move into privately rented flats with friends for the next three years. The kitchens in halls are pretty good, but it’s so nice having a proper kitchen in your flat, so you can get more adventurous with cooking different dishes and have dinner parties!”
“It’s easy to get into bad habits when you’re at uni, especially if you’ve got a busy schedule, but the shock of putting on the dreaded ‘fresher fifteen’ encourages people to go to the gym!”
“There is one club in St Andrews, called The Lizard. It has a light-up dance floor, dripping air conditioning vents, and very cheesy music. It’s just amazing. ”
“St Andrews students know how to have a good time!”
“Lots of the sports clubs and societies organise socials – there’s something for everyone”
“For the lack of clubs and bars, I guess we make our own fun by having pre-drinks with our friends before going out. This often involves drinking games like Ring of Fire and Beer Pong – they get people going!”
“There is also loads of really big events which are always big nights out. These include Christmas and May Balls, as well as fashion shows and society Balls. They are so much fun.”
“I shared a room in my first year, and we are best friends now.”
“It’s really fun to have a roommate – it means you have a ready made friend, especially for the first few days when you’re already quite anxious about everything else.”
“After being in halls, I lived in a flat with some friends. It was really fun to get some independence, but it made me realise how much my mum does for me at home – so much washing up!”
“It can be quite difficult to find a flat to live in once you move out of halls, but it’s a good learning curve and teaches you resilience. My advice would be to find friends in their final year who can give you their flat when they move out.”
“In my first year, I lived in a castle; I felt like a princess!”
Exploring St Andrews
“I absolutely LOVE going for long walks along the beach or the Fife Coastal Path. In my opinion, no place could surpass St Andrews in beauty.”
“St Andrews is known as the Home of Golf, and the Old Course is the oldest and one of the most famous in the world. There are often championships held here, and they’re free to students – it’s an amazing opportunity to see some of the pros play, and sometimes celebrities too!”
“It’s lovely when the locals get involved in the university traditions and seem to really enjoy them, like Raisin Monday or the Kate Kennedy procession.”
“For such a small town, St Andrews is steeped in history. I never get bored of wandering around the cathedral grounds.”
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