St Andrews, University of



Overall ranking: Came 6th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.

History: Founded in 1413, it was the first university in Scotland, and is the third oldest in the English-speaking world.

Address: In and around the historic city of St Andrews on Scotland's picturesque east coast.

Ambience: Steeped in ancient buildings and customs. Sublime views of the sea. Students account for one third of city inhabitants.

Who's the boss? Dr Louise Richardson, former executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on the study of terrorism and political violence.

Prospectus: 01334 462 150 or download one here.

UCAS code: S36

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Nope. The university traditionally makes offers based on specified grades rather than tariff points – broadly AAB-AAA at A-level or AABB-AAAA for Scottish Highers.

Vital statistics: Small university with around 7,700 students. Excellent international reputation. Prince William is its most famous graduate of recent years.

Added value: All arts students are awarded an MA rather than a BA. The most cosmopolitan of Scotland’s universities - students come from over 100 countries and one third of the student body is from overseas. Gatty Marine Laboratory pioneers research into whales, dolphins and seals, and a new Scottish Oceans Institute opened in 2009. An £8m Arts building opened in 2006, with a dedicated wing housing the world-renowned Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) opened in 2008 and saw the opening of a £45m medical science building and new halls of residence in 2011.

Teaching: Came 11th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

Research: Placed 12th out of 124 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: Pretty good- 20th with 75.4% in graduate employment.

Any accommodation? Plenty. Revamped £35m eco-friendly student residences, which feature toilets flushed by rainwater, are grouped around a grass-roofed central facilities building.

Rent per year: Standard catered £5,603, standard self-catered £2,716. En-suite catered £6,761-6,993, en-suite self-catered around £5,000 for shared and £5,650 for single.

Cheap to live there? Not really. Competition for space means you could be paying between £95 and £105 per week for a room in a shared house.

Transport links: Small city so you can walk everywhere. 45 miles north of Edinburgh, 15 miles from Dundee.

Fees: Scottish and EU students pay £1,820 per year. Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales are charged £9,000.

Bursaries: A number of scholarships are available based on specific criteria, including one for gifted golfers. See the website for further details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The Union bar has a late licence while the university is good for theatre and cabaret. Three club nights a week and numerous balls, including several kilt-and-sporran jobs. More than 30 pubs in town.

Price of a pint: Expect to pay around £2.50.

Sporting reputation: Not too shabby- 26th in the BUCS league.

Calendar highlight: This has to be the May Dip- the annual tradition in which students run into the North Sea at dawn on May Day.

Notable societies: The Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society and the Barbeque Society are sure to tickle some taste buds.

Glittering alumni: Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland; John Suchet, newscaster; Hazel Irvine, sports commentator; Fay Weldon, writer; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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