University of St Andrews
St Andrews | Central Scotland and Fife
Ucas code: S36
What students say about this university857 comments (229 students)
As a Chemistry student, I had about 22 contact hours per week in first year, including lectures, tutorials and labs, but this...
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.×
The university doesn't have very many social facilities (unless you are staying in a halls of residence which have common...
The university doesn't have very many social facilities (unless you are staying in a halls of residence which have common rooms). However it does have a very large student union which is very conveniently located in the centre of town. There are also a number of cafs inside certain faculty buildings (such as the medicine caf and the physics caf) which have large seating areas for students to socialise during the day. There are a number of places outdoors where students can socialise - such as the beach. The sports centre is quite outdated and doesn't really boast the necessary facilities for a university of this size (for example there is not swimming pool and the gym is very small).×
The university could do better in dealing with pastoral matters, and really needs to improve its student services. Whilst the...
The university could do better in dealing with pastoral matters, and really needs to improve its student services. Whilst the people operating in the student services are working really hard, and are lovely people, there aren't trained professionals available through university. Equally, the student services are not great at really listening to what the students want. However, for students with well-defined and resolvable problems, such as dyslexia or homesickness, and students with temporary issues, such as a broken leg, student services are really helpful. In other ways though, they could be improved.×
Rent is very high but there are ways to manage money/get a little extra help. Saving during summer is the best plan!Report
There are so many different types of accommodation but i was in shared, catered accommodation. the good part was the fact that...
There are so many different types of accommodation but i was in shared, catered accommodation. the good part was the fact that you had all your meals catered for therefore no cooking or cleaning up. the only downside to this was that it was at set times which were sometimes not very convenient. As for the shared room, that did not work out well. I didnt get along with either of my roommates and was desperate to move out by the end of the year. for my next year im living in private accommodation, which is extremely hard to come about in such a small town with so many students.×
How students describe this university
Overall student satisfaction89%
of students are very or quite satisfied with this university
Number of students9,735
students attended last year
Undergraduate / Postgraduate78%
of students are undergrads
Full-time / Part-time15%
of students are part-time
Male / Female57%
of students are female
Young / Mature12%
of students aged over 21
UK / Non-UK46%
of students here are from outside the UK
Student union satisfaction75%
of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union
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