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  • International Fees From

    £26,350 UG

  • World Ranking

    201-250th in Times HE
    301-400th in Shanghai

  • Students

    8,000 UG
    2,100 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £145.70 p/w

Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ, United Kingdom

St Andrews University has a population of 16,680 and is an historic, coastal town and home to the world famous St Andrews golf club. It is within driving distance of the cities of Aberdeen (84 miles), the Scottish capital of Edinburgh (48 miles) and Glasgow (90 miles). St Andrews is not on a rail line – the nearest mainline station is Edinburgh, approximately 48 miles away. The nearest airport is also at Edinburgh which has over 100 daily international flights to many European destinations. There are direct flights from Edinburgh to Heathrow and Gatwick for connections to the Middle East and Asia. St Andrews is 472 miles from London. The average lowest temperature in January is 1.5°C and the average highest temperature is between 16-20 degrees in July.

  • History

    St Andrews can trace its history back to 1410 when a group of masters initiated a school of higher studies in St Andrews. As such it is the oldest university in Scotland.

    By the middle of the 16th century, St Andrews had grown to encompass three colleges – St Salvator’s (1450), St Leonard’s (1511) and St Mary’s (1538).

    In the 19th century the University developed teaching and research in the Arts, Divinity and the Biological and Physical Sciences. In 1897 the University was joined by a new academic centre in nearby Dundee and developed Medical and Applied Science courses. This association ended in 1967 with the foundation of a separate University of Dundee.


    St Andrews is a small town built around a single University campus and students represent a large % of the population. The University sports center is 0.5 miles – a 10 minute walk – from the campus. Halls of residence are located in and around the town center and are all a short walking distance of each other and the University buildings and facilities.


    University of St Andrews is ranked 201-250th in the Times Higher Education rankings and is ranked between 301-400th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. St Andrews is not a member of the Russell Group of universities.

    University of St Andrews is ranked 2nd in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.


    There are approximately 2,400 international students at St Andrews from more than 120 different countries, representing about 22% of all students.


    Latest figures indicate there are over 10,100 students in total at St Andrews, almost 8,000 undergraduates and over 2,100 postgraduates.


    95.2% of St Andrew’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    The University of St Andrews has more than 140 affiliated societies as well as over 150 sports clubs. Students can choose to join societies ranging from swing dance to wildlife conservation, fine dining, feminism and the Sherlock society. The University also has a dedicated music technology studio, a student radio station and a strong performing arts scene.

    The University has over 60 sports clubs, a full timetable of fitness classes. It also runs a series of ‘hall sports’ giving students living in university accommodation the opportunity to sample many sports and compete for 4 trophies. The sports facilities are open to members of the University and the general public alike, although non-member public access to the fitness suites is not available during semester time. Athletes who are competing at representative levels are eligible to join the University Talented Athlete Programme.

    The Sports Centre is situated towards the west of the town near the golf courses, with accommodation close by for teams or individuals. Golf coaching is also available and a key sporting focus at St Andrews.


    St Andrews residences are located throughout the town so everything is within walking distance and students feel very much at the heart of the community.

    Residences include Internet access, contents insurance (terms and conditions apply) and hall committee subscriptions.

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £145.70 per week.

    An example price for catered accommodation is £190.73 at Andrew Melville Hall.


    Please note Scottish undergraduate honours degrees typically take 4 years to complete.

    International fees:
    International undergraduate tuition fees:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses for subjects in the Faculty of Arts, Divinity or Science for 2022-23 are £26,350. Medicine – £33,570

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Anthropology and Development Studies
    • Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Classics
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • English Language and Literature
    • Geography and Environmental Studies
    • History
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Modern Languages and Linguistics
    • Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Theology and Religious Studies

    Online Courses

    At the University of St Andrews, it is possible to study some postgraduate courses via distance learning. These span across Postgraduate, Certificate, Diploma and Masters levels in the following: - Bible and the Contemporary World - Sustainable Aquaculture - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Terrorism and Political Violence - The Psychology of Dementia Care

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