University of St Andrews


What are the worst things about studying at your university?


"The whole place can feel a bit small for some people."
"The accommodation can be very expensive."
"We're remotely located without great transportation links and the student services are overburdened."
"There is a massive gap between students from the usual lower-income groups and those who are relatively well off. There is a general feeling at my university that places at my university are generally given to those who can afford them, rather than to those who academically deserve to be there."
"There are limited study spaces and the renting prices in St Andrews are high."
"The organisation of the chemistry department is poor and the accommodation is overpriced."
"The programme is very demanding and can be exhausting."


"The town is very small and can get boring. The careers centre is less than helpful."
"There are high living costs here."
"The short semesters mean you hit the ground running when term starts so the pressure can sometimes build up."
"The extremely high academic standard can lead to lectures/classes giving off a sense of distance between students and academics."
"Nightlife is not wonderful and the small size of the town is sometimes a bit choking. Poor organisation of events such as balls can lead to unpleasant circumstances, such as 3.00 am queues in the rain."
"I've noticed that not many employers come to us."
"It's a small city and it can sometimes be hard to find something to do during free time."
"Nightlife can be a bit dead and the gym is awful."
"Because the town is quite small and isolated, it can feel like you are trapped in the 'bubble' so I sometimes need to escape to Edinburgh or Dundee."
"The location and weather. It's remote and cold."

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