University Guide

University of St Andrews

One of the most highly regarded Universities in the UK, St Andrews can trace its origins back to 1413. It is comprised of three colleges: St Mary’s St Leonard’s and United College. Almost 8,000 students each year enjoy their studies in this attractive costal town.

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University of St Andrews

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of St Andrews.

  • Rankings

    The University of St Andrews was named [University of the year ]( I)by the Times and Sunday Times and also the Good University Guide and is one of only two UK universities to achieve this. It ranks in the top 193rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

  • Employability

    The University Careers centre helps with jobs, work experience, career options and the application process and can be found here

  • Fees

    Undergraduate fees for Scottish students of 2024 are £1820. For UK, Wales and Northern Ireland students the fee for 2025 is £9250 and for International students, the fee for 2024 varies from depending on each course. Full prices can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    Five different trusts and scholarships are listed. These are the Antony Tudor Fund, the Frank Muir Prize, the Outsides Trusts, Sutherland Page Trust and the Travel Scholarship.


Rooms on offer include a catered standard, catered ensuite, self catered standard, self catered ensuite, and shared rooms. The University guarantees all EU, UK and overseas first year undergraduate students accommodation if they satisfy the given conditions.

Students' Union

The University of St Andrews Students’ Association website offers 193 societies and a volunteer recognition scheme which is run with Saints Sport to help students develop key skills.

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University of St Andrews Students' Union
University of St Andrews Students' Union

Famous for

Notable alumni include King James II of Scotland, Founder of the university of Glasgow William Turnbull and Prince William.


The university reported it had ranked top in the UK for academic experience in the National Student Survey of 2020 and that members of the Saints Netball took away awards in the Virtual Sports awards 2020.

AFS says

"St Andrews has it all. An amazing university, a stunning location, a world class sporting facility and rugged coastline".

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