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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)
    • Academic Experience

      As a Chemistry student, I had about 22 contact hours per week in first year, including lectures, tutorials and labs, but this...

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      2013, 1st year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      As a Chemistry student, I had about 22 contact hours per week in first year, including lectures, tutorials and labs, but this varies with subject, as does whether or not you have tutorials or labs, or exams or coursework, how much they count etc. Advanced Higher and A-level students might find some aspects of first year familiar, if taught in a different way to what they are accustomed. Teaching staff make sure you have their email and general contact details at the start of their lecture series, and are always on hand to help you if you're struggling. Chemistry facilities are brand-new, top of the range and everything you need for proper practical learning is housed within the department.

      2013, 1st year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      Beautiful scenery/surroundings

      2012, 4th year, International Politics

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    • Nightlife

      Because St Andrews is so small there are not many pubs or clubs in St Andrews and they are pretty small. I think they also...

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      2014, 4th year, Management Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      Nightlife

      Because St Andrews is so small there are not many pubs or clubs in St Andrews and they are pretty small. I think they also close at 3am. But also because it is a small town, you can always jump from one place to another - and it is a relatively safe town!

      2014, 4th year, Management Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      community feel

      2013, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • Facilities

      our main library has just been renovated and is probably amongst one of the best in the country, with huge areas of work spaces...

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      2012, 5th year, Mathematics

      Facilities

      our main library has just been renovated and is probably amongst one of the best in the country, with huge areas of work spaces and computers on each floor, you can also bring your own computer and use Uni's wifi, which are available in most university buildings. There are also smaller, separate libraries in some course departments, which has almost all the books you need, so it means you don't need to travel as far and can find a nice and quiet place to work between the hours you might get in between lectures. The University buildings/departments are scattered around town, so sometimes you may need to travel further between lectures, but the town is small enough, so usually traveling by foot will be sufficient. The sport centre is located near one of the halls, it's not very big, but has many great facilities which once you have sign up for the membership can rent and use, As long as you book in advance, there shouldn't be any problems in getting access to any facilities. I personally don't usually have a problem with queuing. The town has great small community atmosphere, with great friendly people, the advantage of a small town is you can get from A to B in little time.

      2012, 5th year, Mathematics

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    • The downside

      The town is very small with not many things to do.

      2016, 2nd year, Zoology Not Elsewhere Classified

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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

10,745

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

75%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

11%

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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