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University of St Andrews

4.5 out of 5 (22 ratings / 18 reviews) St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
St Andrews is a unique and captivating place, and the University is a key part of its charm. Seven centuries of history link the students with the town, leading to the ancient and yet modern institution apparent today.

Bachelor's programmes

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Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Founded in the fifteenth century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.


  • All of our undergraduate degrees are designed to be academically stimulating from the first class, allowing you to immerse yourself in the subjects that you are most passionate about.
  • With a commitment to supporting cutting-edge research projects, the University is the perfect place to further your knowledge in the company of world-renowned lecturers, professors and researchers.
  • The University of St Andrews offers a range of courses, classes and projects if you wish to learn a new skill or expand on your existing qualifications without committing to full-time study.


The majority of research at the University of St Andrews takes place within academic schools. However, the University also supports a large number of world-class, often cross-discipline or cross-institutional, research centres or institutes:

  • Centre: a group concerned, generally, with research collaboration
  • Institute: a group concerned with research collaboration as well a providing undergraduate or postgraduate teaching


  • The Careers Centre exists to enable current students and graduates of St Andrews to make and successfully implement decisions about what they will do next in their lives.
  • The Centre strives to communicate the entire range of available options and to encourage and enable individuals to identify the options which would suit them best.
  • The Careers Centre is strongly committed to offering equality of opportunity to all its users and is committed to offering impartial and objective advice and guidance and to respecting the confidentiality of any personal information we may receive.

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University Ranking

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Student services

The University offers extensive support to all students connected with the University, through Student Services and the Chaplaincy.

Acting as the first port of call for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, Student Services is tasked with helping students at St Andrews achieve what they deserve: the best university experience possible. Student Services also manages communication with anyone who is concerned about a student at the University, from parents and guardians to those in the local community and external agencies.

Student Services coordinates four main functions, each committed to monitoring and enhancing the student experience.

  • Student experience
  • Advice and support
  • Discipline
  • Wardennial service

Housing services

Our residences range from beautiful stone-built listed buildings full of original period features, to stylish new apartments, built to high environmental and sustainability standards. Importantly, all of our accommodation adheres to government licensing requirements so you can be certain that we always meet a rigorous standard of accommodation maintenance and health and safety criteria.

A range of catered and self-catered accommodation is available, with a choice of standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities or ensuite. Ensuite rooms include a toilet, sink and shower attached to the room for the sole use of the occupants.

Library services

  • Those living in the local community are welcome to use the Main University Library. You can become a member of the Library and borrow books, or just visit to consult material. Within the Library, there is the option to study in silent areas or enjoy the bustling social spaces.
  • The library houses a cafe and help is available from the Library Helpdesk and IT Service Desk.

Medical services

  • Taking care of your health and wellbeing during your studies is important. The University of St Andrews highly recommends that you register with a doctor in St Andrews at the start of your studies.
  • Students with pre-existing health conditions must contact the primary care practice of their choice before arriving in St Andrews.

Student Life

Campus life

For those lucky enough to live in St Andrews, the town offers a wealth of services and facilities. The University works hard to maintain a good relationship between all residents — from members of staff and their families, to students and the rest of the local community. St Andrews residents can benefit from a number of University facilities available to them — even if they do not have a direct connection to the University.

  • The Music Centre offers the opportunity to perform, listen to or learn about music.
  • There are a number of productions each year at the University’s two theatres.

Sports facilities

  • The University Sports Centre offers fitness services, classes and personal training to students, staff and the local community of St Andrews. Situated towards the west of the town and near the golf courses, the Sports Centre can also provide additional services including equipment for hire, professional advice on fitness training, and help with organising training camps.
  • The Sports Centre has a range of indoor and outdoor facilities available all year round, including dedicated fitness suites, gymnasium, studio and free weights room. Outside spaces include synthetic turf pitches, tennis courts, athletics track, football, rugby, cricket and shinty pitches.

Student Reviews

St Andrews is a very fascinating town with beautiful sceneries and rich historical background. During my time here I have gone on countless walks to various spots of St Andrews with my friends. Being a small town has brought all the students closer and th
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The lecturers are very helpful and they make the course quite interesting. State-of-the-art teaching techniques such as the use of video recording make learning and revising easier. The course is also very structured and has made the materials easier to understand. PALS (a tutoring scheme) has also greatly facilitated my transition into a very challenging course. However,...

the application process
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

As I have only been accepted and have not started my studies there yet, I can only assess how helpful the university was at answering my questions and providing some guidance, and it was really good at that. I was sent some informative emails about my faculty and practicalities of living in St Andrews and there are a lot of virtual tours.

St Andrews encouraged my independent academic growth
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

This university shaped me as an academic and an individual. I was encouraged to be creative, interdisciplinary, and bold in all my approaches, and have only positive things to say about my experience with my lecturers and peers.

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