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University of St Andrews

United Kingdom
  • 111 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 88 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 117 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 83 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 68 The Times And Sunday Times University League Tables: UK
  • 86 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 92 QS World University Rankings 2018
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Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students 30%
Institution type Public

About University of St Andrews

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.

According to the Sunday Times, St Andrews is "now firmly established as the leading multi-faculty alternative to Oxford and Cambridge." Its international reputation for delivering high quality teaching and research and student satisfaction make it one of the most sought after destinations for prospective students from the UK, Europe and overseas. It is Scotland's most cosmopolitan university – a third of the student body of 7,200 is from overseas. It has a staff of 1,800 and maintains one of the strongest records in the UK for teaching quality, good degrees and student support. In the four years it has entered the UK National Student Survey, St Andrews has ranked as the top mainstream university for student satisfaction.

In 2009 the University received on average 11 applications per place. St Andrews has not entered clearing for several years and sets highly challenging asking rates to attract only the most academically potent students in the Arts, Sciences, Medicine and Divinity. The University provides an invigorating intellectual climate in which staff have close contacts with one another and with colleagues in other UK and overseas universities and research establishments. All Schools in both the sciences and the arts are actively involved in pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. Physically the University is closely integrated with the town; the modern purpose-built library and many academic Schools are located centrally. The growth in physical and mathematical sciences has been accommodated at the North Haugh on the edge of St Andrews. A modern sports centre with adjacent playing fields and halls of residence are also located in this area. St Andrews is relatively small, despite being a "city", with a basic population approaching 17,000. The University population (staff and students) numbers nearly 9,000. On average one in three people you see in the street have something to do with the University. You start to feel very quickly that you belong.

Campus information

The University of St Andrews has libraries, student housing, teaching facilities, and other buildings spread across the town of St Andrews. It has two major sites within the town: the United College and the St Mary's College.

The United College on North Street functions as a teaching space and venue for student events, is the home to the Department of Social Anthropology, Department of Film Studies, School of Modern Languages and some other departments. The library has more than 750,000 books, and is one of the largest university library collections in Scotland.

The St Mary's College on South Street is the base the Schools of Divinity, Psychology and Neuroscience, features the King James Library and the Bell Pettigrew Museum which houses natural history collections.

The University of St Andrews is situated in the small town of St Andrews in rural Fife. The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport, approximately 50 miles away. Airlink buses operate every 15-30 minutes to Haymarket and Waverley rail stations from the airport.


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.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 English Language 3 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 Mass Communication & Media 2


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