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

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    • 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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    • Facilities

      The university doesn't have very many social facilities (unless you are staying in a halls of residence which have common...

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      2012, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Facilities

      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 cafs 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).

      2012, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • The downside

      The university could do better in dealing with pastoral matters, and really needs to improve its student services. Whilst the...

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      2013, 1st year

      The downside

      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.

      2013, 1st year

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    • The upside

      Module selection.

      2013, 3rd year, Medieval History

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    • Everyday expenses

      Rent is very high but there are ways to manage money/get a little extra help. Saving during summer is the best plan!

      2012, 5th year, Others In European Languages, Literature & Related Subjects

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    • Accommodation

      There are so many different types of accommodation but i was in shared, catered accommodation. the good part was the fact that...

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      2012, 1st year, Mathematics

      Accommodation

      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.

      2012, 1st year, Mathematics

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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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