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University of St Andrews

St Andrews | Central Scotland and Fife

Political Creative Town By the sea

Ucas code: S36

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. The city is quite small the University accounts for approximately half the population but it has a distinctly cosmopolitan air due to the presence of students and staff from more than a hundred countries.
Source:University of St Andrews website

What students say about this university

Dialog 1038 comments (271 students)
    • The downside

      It is very expensive to live in St Andrews.

      2013, 1st year, Geoscience

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    • Nightlife

      There are only a few places that claim to be 'clubs' and ultimately none of them quite have the feel of a city club. However,...

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      2016, 2nd year, The Psychology Of Ageing

      Nightlife

      There are only a few places that claim to be 'clubs' and ultimately none of them quite have the feel of a city club. However, this is easily made up for by the wide range in pubs and bars. Personally I love the student union more than anywhere else because it's the cheapest and usually has an event on. However, various sports clubs tend to make some of the other bars more exciting on various weekdays. If you're more game for city clubbing and 'going on the pull' is your ideal night out then the nightlife of St Andrews probably isn't for you, as you will, and I mean will, meet your one night stand the next day in tesco. All bars close at 2am - a fact that frustrates everyone. The people and the place make up for it though.

      2016, 2nd year, The Psychology Of Ageing

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    • Finances

      Have a weekly budget and stick to it. Order food online with other people if you can, and don't do all your shopping in Tesco.

      2016, 2nd year, English Literature

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    • Sport

      St Andrews offers a wide range of sport clubs. From Ultimate Frisbee to water polo to rugby there is something for everyone....

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      2014, 2nd year, Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

      Sport

      St Andrews offers a wide range of sport clubs. From Ultimate Frisbee to water polo to rugby there is something for everyone. There are also many events around the athletic union. There was a colour run at the beginning of the the year and sinners, the sports party on Wednesdays is always fun.

      2014, 2nd year, Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The downside

      Resources like the library, sports centre and music building

      2013, 2nd year, Metaphysics

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    • The upside

      The student led hobby societies are well run with fun engaging events.

      2013, 2nd year, Geoscience

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

70%

HIGH

Sporty

72%

MED

Political

61%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

33%

LOW

Varied union activities

70%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Student score 90% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

94%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

10,660

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

74%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

12%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

58%

of students are female

Young / Mature

9%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

47%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

77%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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