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.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 857 comments (229 students)
    • Everyday expenses

      St Andrews is sadly an expensive place to live (though it's definitely worth it.) Accommodation is the main expense but is is...

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      2013, 3rd year, Physics Not Elsewhere Classified

      Everyday expenses

      St Andrews is sadly an expensive place to live (though it's definitely worth it.) Accommodation is the main expense but is is just about affordable if you do any part-time work during the summer. Finding work is not much worse than anywhere else really but you need to be quick to apply for jobs during freshers week before theyre all gone

      2013, 3rd year, Physics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Facilities

      Basically non-existant. The union is good, you don't feel like you have to but something to be in there, but there are no...

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      2012, 4th year, Mathematics

      Facilities

      Basically non-existant. The union is good, you don't feel like you have to but something to be in there, but there are no common rooms or outdoor areas really. Sports facilities are good but the gym is quite small and usually busy.

      2012, 4th year, Mathematics

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    • The downside

      Blatantly obvious that the University has a disproportionate number of students paying International fees.

      2012, 1st year, Chemistry

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    • Accommodation

      University Hall is the classy, party hall. By that I mean that it isn't cheap but attracts a friendly bunch of people who tend...

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      2013, 1st year, French Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      University Hall is the classy, party hall. By that I mean that it isn't cheap but attracts a friendly bunch of people who tend to be well-off, perhaps more so than in ''posher'' halls, but who are rarely posh. There are vodka bars, a type of event where hall residents get all you can drink vodka with mixers for free. It lies between Science and Arts. Sallies (St Salvators Hall) is the prettiest hall and the one that Prince William lived in, so it holds a reputation as the 'poshest' hall. There's still brilliant parties, but more along the lines of a civilised G&T. If you study languages, this is the perfect hall to be in. Mackintosh is brilliant, and has cocktail parties most Fridays. Its similar to University Hall but perhaps less outgoing. Regs (St Regulus Hall) is like Sallies but more so. DRA (David Russell Apartments) are the nicest accommodation and not as far out of town as you would think. They have heated floors. Most socialising will be with your flatmates at first, but it does become a party hall as the year goes on. New Hall (Agnes Blackadder Hall) is the worst of the nice halls. It is a maze which makes it hard to meet people not in your kitchen. It is perfectly placed for Science/Economics/Management, but quite far from Arts. John Burnett is a hall for idiots. All you need to know about Andrew Melville is that it is a sinking ship and the least popular hall (because it is a prison) Fife Park and Albany Park are cheap but crap. Don't live there unless you can't afford another hall. They have really awful accommodation and are ages away from anything.

      2013, 1st year, French Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      Some very interesting lecturers in diverse topics.

      2012, 2nd year, Intellectual History

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    • Facilities

      The library is OK, but there aren't enough computers or copies of in-demand books.

      2012, 3rd year, French Studies

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 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.

Varied union activities

73%

MED

Creative

73%

HIGH

Sporty

68%

MED

Political

63%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

34%

LOW

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £23k HIGH
Student score 87% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

89%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

9,735

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

78%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

15%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

57%

of students are female

Young / Mature

12%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

46%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

75%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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