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University of St Andrews, St. Andrews

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St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.

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 Papal Bull in 1413.

The University is now one of Europe's most research intensive seats of learning - over a quarter of its turnover comes from research grants and contracts. It is one of the top rated universities in Europe for research, teaching quality and student satisfaction and is consistently ranked among the UK's top five in leading independent league tables produced by The Times, The Guardian and the Sunday Times.
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Where to stay in St. Andrews

less expensive lodging and luxury rental apartments are located around the town center and the university buildings. Be sure to book accommodations overlooking the sea and St. Andrew Cathedral ruins early, because they fill up fast during the good weather months. Rental properties in the town center on narrow streets, such as Market Street, are within walking distance of the main architectural and cultural attractions. Save money by renting a room farther west of the town center. These are residential neighborhoods that are well-connected to the town center but offer quiet nights and inexpensive nightly rates.
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  • We have made many trips to St Andrews over the last two years as my daughter is studying there. The round trip is a 16hr drive so we always stay over. I would advise anyone thinking about visiting St ...  more »
  • Visit the Muse (University Museum) to get a comprehensive history of this impressive university...its free and extremely informative. The "campus" of the university is scared about the town rather tha...  more »
  • I attended university here to complete a four-year theology undergraduate degree and it was the best experience of my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the world-class teaching and the town is just an absolu...  more »
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  • I spent a month her in the summer of 1973. I stayed on campus and enjoyed my entire time here. I took several classes, and learned so much. Loved the golf course restaurant. Loved the town and people
  • Miserable place to spend 4 years, bad weather, bad food, the locals hate the students. Town consists of 3 streets, with nothing to do for students. Train is miles away so you are trapped there. Heavy drinking in this miserable place, encouraged by the university staff and faculty. Suicides high, no surprise in this environment. Horrible if you have any dignity or morals. Lecturers are mediocre at best, go anywhere else.
  • Look at the obnoxious comments below of John Jones. This is the pompous attitude of many students at this university. Pompous, condescending, arrogant and worthless. It is a school that should be avoided, there is a high number of students at St Andrews who have committed suicide or died of illnesses because of their unhealthily university accommodations. Bad weather, very little sun, mold and damp and foul smells everywhere, and nothing to do in the three block town, in the middle of nowhere, pompous lecturers, small library, not enough student study spaces, all true. Why come here? It is miserable. Heed my warning, and avoid this dreadful place.
  • Went to this place as part of Eastern Scotland Tour. Nice Uni town with plenty of history. Of course, the famous St Andrews golf course is not far from the town.
  • Excellent education on the whole, insanely many international students, a lot of very smart people. As with all universities there are quirks within the university system, especially given the increase in student numbers in some subjects. One major downside to studying so far north, however, is the lack of sun light throughout the winter.