University Guides St Andrews University Scotland

Known for its traditions and former students Prince William and Kate Middleton, St Andrews is a small university that was founded in 1413 and is the oldest university in Scotland.

Famous for its golf course, the city of St Andrews is located on the east coast of Fife, Scotland. The university is an important part of the city and houses over nine thousand students and staff. Situated in a mixture of modern and older buildings the university has four faculties, Arts, Divinity, Medicine and Science. Each faculty has an appointed Dean to overview administration and other matters.

St Andrew’s Traditions

Students are required to wear academic dress in the form of gowns on special occasions such as chapel services, formal hall dinners or when showing visitors around the university


On admission to the university the student is required to take an oath in Latin promising good conduct and to respect tutors.

Names for New Students

First year male students are traditionally known as Bejant and females Bejantine.

Raisin Week

Raison week takes place in the last weekend of November and is a time when first year students give raisins to their ‘academic parents’ who are mentors. The mentors in turn have to give receipts written in Latin to the student. In today’s less formal climate receipts can be written on clothing or other items. The ritual tends to begin with a tea party and ends with a night of visiting public houses.

May Day Dip

On May Day students usually stay awake until dawn and then at the sound of the choir they run into the North Sea. There is also a tradition that if a student has stood on the city street cobbles with the letter PH, which is in tribute to the martyr Patrick Hamilton, then the student can be forgiven for his/her actions by running into the sea.


The university offers catering and self catering accommodation which is located in the sixty acres university grounds.  Costs for rooms range from fifty six pounds for self catering and one hundred and twenty pounds for catered accommodations. Priority is given to single first year students.

Students Association

Located in the centre of the city the student’s association offers support and advice to all students. The association also provides bars, cafes, travel agent services, music centre and manages over one hundred societies. .


The university has a mixture of old and new buildings housing learning and study areas, a library and purpose built medical school.


The university has two chapels St Salvators and St Leonards.


The sixty seat Barron Theatre provides student productions, a workshop and meeting room.

Advice and Support

The university provides an Advice and Support Centre which assists students on all issues surrounding student life, including matters relating to disabilities.


The university offers open days and a prospectus can be downloaded on their website or by contacting University of  St Andrews, St Katherine’s West, 16 The Scores, St Andrews Fife , KY16 9AX