University of St Andrews

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
7.6 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The library is modern, bright and a good place to study although just over 1000 seats is far too small for the university's requirements. The refurbished gym is good but, again, too small for the volume of people. Student accommodation was over-priced. There is plenty to do if you are into sport but not so much if you aren't."
"The university is located in a beautiful but relatively isolated corner of eastern Scotland. Transport links are sufficient but could be better. We have no train station any more, meaning that the nearest is a 20-minute bus ride away. However, it's then just an hour from Edinburgh so it is not as cut-off as many stereotypes portray it. The campus is very integrated into the town, is compact and always feels very safe. Everything is within walking distance including all of the halls of residence, departmental buildings and other university facilities. There are too many cafés and coffee shops to count and there is a lot to do, despite the small size of the town. There are two theatres and we have an excellent students' union building with bars, clubs and spaces for societies to meet. There are a huge number of societies in St Andrews and a diverse array of sporting and musical activities. The sport centre is currently being upgraded and we are having a new music centre built in 2019. Aside from this, there are three lovely beaches to stroll along, when it's not too cold!"
"It's a great location and one of the nicest places to study. We have a small but pretty campus that's a good venue for balls. Student accommodation varies as some halls are far nicer than others but the cost is too expensive for all. You can go on walks on the coastal path, play golf or go putting, head to the beach, go to the cinema or visit the castle or cathedral during the day."
"The university is a little isolated in regard to location, but there are good transport links. The student accommodation is at a high standard, being very clean and having a welcoming vibe (it is just the food that needs improving). There isn't a whole lot to do because of the location of St Andrews, but there is plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy as well as great pubs and restaurants."
"It's a small town, which I like, though the gym facilities are good but very far away. The department buildings vary in quality but almost all are equally inaccessible for anyone in a wheelchair or with crutches."
"It's a bit isolated but a lot of buses connect the town to the train and to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee. The facilities are modern and even the older buildings are well equipped and kept up. We're by the sea and close to nature so it's good for outdoor sports and activities. There are a lot of events and societies you can attend."
"The campus is essentially the whole town. The library and the gym could be bigger and student accommodation is good but expensive. There is also an acute shortage of non-university housing. St Andrews is the kind of place where you have to make your own fun. There are no real nightclubs but plenty of bars, restaurants and pubs and a cinema as well. You also have three gorgeous beaches and the beautiful coastal walk. If you are in need of some variety, there are regular buses to Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow."
"The university has all the latest and best equipment for use. The student accommodation is well maintained and well managed by the university. Even the private accommodation is of great quality, though it might be quite expensive when compared to other university towns. The town is relatively small and clubbing/partying is pretty much the only option for socialising."


"The town is small but very beautiful and has everything you need. It's possible to walk to all the buildings of the university. The sports centre is small but the accommodation is great, it's very comfortable and well managed. Living in private accommodation can be tough, though, as there isn't enough of it in town and the prices are high."
"The town is lovely and campus is nice but accommodation is too expensive."
"It's a small town but that means that everything is within walking distance. Halls are great if you get in to the right one. The library is very nice but gets way too crowded during revision weeks."
"St Andrews is a small town in the middle of nowhere on the east coast. The style of student accommodation is one of the reasons I chose to study here, not many universities offer corridor-like accommodation and it's one of the best ways to make friends. However, student accommodation is very expensive, particularly once you move out of halls."
"I love the fact that St Andrews is a little isolated but still only a 40-minute bus ride from Dundee or one hour train journey from Edinburgh. I love that I can just nip over to the beach for a stroll by the sea. The array of sports offered is vast and the sports facilities are new and impressive. The library causes issues as there is often limited space. Accommodation is a bit of an issue as it's limited in terms of non-uni rented properties and halls are getting progressively more expensive."
"All facilities are in a great state. However, the housing is very expensive and competitive and many students struggle to find a house."
"The university is in a town that has ample access to facilities and commercial business. However, accommodation has been a problem lately due to letting agencies and shortages in hall accommodation."
"Amazing, though a bit in the middle of nowhere."
"The town is absolutely beautiful with three beaches, a castle and beautiful streets. The university buildings are spread throughout the town, making the whole town feel like a campus. The student accommodation is of a very high standard and located centrally with a mix of very modern to more traditional, early 1900s buildings."
"It's close to Edinburgh and Dundee so you can get access to Primark and other big city things. Student accommodation is dotted around the place so you can find accommodation near your subject pretty easily. Computer rooms and studying places are strategically placed throughout the town so you can always find somewhere suitable."

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