University of St Andrews

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"It's one of the most socially active student communities in the whole of the UK."
"The sports clubs and societies are a highlight of the university. The accessibility to a vast number of social causes, interest groups and sports teams, both highly competitive and social, is one of the main attractions to the university. However, getting highly involved with just one can restrict your social group."
"There are so many great societies and sports clubs. There's something for everyone, really. The theatre scene is lively but quite small and close-knit."
"There are a lot of societies and social activities around St Andrews. There is something for everyone, from a Harry Potter society to a wine tasting society."
"We have a great variety of sports and social clubs to choose from. They really cover everything."


"The social environment is excellent. There are all types of clubs from sports clubs to the Disney club."
"There are lots of sports teams with social and competitive sides. Sinners (the sports night out) is... Messy. There are about a thousand fashion shows to get involved with alongside a plethora of other societies."
"Sports at the university is becoming a bigger deal with the new, much needed development of the sports centre. There are numerous teams to get involved in whether competitively or socially. There are also many societies you can be involved in or you can start your own should you find there isn't one for your activity. The union provides a lot of support if that's the case."
"There's a great range of sports clubs and societies. All the students are friendly, despite the lack of nightclubs. The students and social events more than make up for this lack."
"Sports are varied in terms of the clubs with lots of opportunities to enter into leagues and compete. Societies are plentiful and the social events that arise through sports or societies are good."
"There are plenty of social clubs and sports clubs to choose from as well as very well developed theatre and art communities."
"There are over 100 societies and several sports clubs that are varied and accessible. The sports centre is also undergoing a renovation for future enjoyment."
"The sports clubs are a very good way to make friends. They meet several times a week and hold social events. The union holds a sports night every Wednesday and there are plenty of societies ranging from wildlife and conservation to Doctor Who to the adventure group. There really is something for everyone."
"Great social environment and sports clubs that are very accepting of people of all abilities so you can join any sport to have fun. Music clubs are mostly auditioned though, making it much harder to do music for fun."
"It's all very vibrant and makes for a great community feel."

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