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University of St. Andrews

Stroll through the scenic campus and gaze up at the historic buildings that decorate this prestigious university from the 1400s.

Steeped in tradition, the University of St. Andrews is among the oldest in the English-speaking world. The academic institution is known for its impressive buildings spread around fields and floral displays. Visit its museums to see collections that inspire the students of this venerable university.

Read the various plaques giving context to the buildings. See the Schools and United College, which was one of the first parts of the university to be built. Enter the majestic structures to see the old-fashioned lecture theaters and dining halls. These buildings stand around St. Salvator’s Quadrangle. Access the large plaza via a hidden archway beneath the tower of St. Salvator’s Chapel.

Enter this religious site and appreciate the tranquil setting. Its black-and-white tiled floor, wooden wall fixtures and religious artworks generate an inviting atmosphere. Visit the other collegiate chapel of St. Leonard’s.

Relax with a drink at a campus restaurant and watch the students and professors go by. Discover the café that claims to be the spot where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met as students.

Imagine being a scholar living in the university halls. Note the diversity of architectural styles for the student accommodations, from brutalist to Gothic Revival.

Spend some time in the Museum of the University of St. Andrews, which has more than 112,000 items. Its four galleries display items ranging from medieval maces and stained-glass windows to golf relics. See natural history exhibits in the Bell Pettigrew Museum and university history in the Gateway Galleries.

Learn about the university’s long-lived traditions. Some students wear distinctive red gowns; the way they wear them indicates their years of studies. Hear about Raisin Weekend, when first-year “bejants” present a gift to their third-year academic “parents.”

Visit the university between morning and late afternoon on any day year-round. The University of St. Andrews campus is spread out across the center of the city. Numerous bus stops line the streets at the various entrances to the university.


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Old Course Hotel

Old Course Hotel

Old Station Road, St. Andrews
4.7
of 5, from 135 reviews
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Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Course at St Andrews, British Golf Museum, and St. Andrews Aquarium. St. Andrews Links and University of St. Andrews are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£97
Best Western Scores Hotel

Best Western Scores Hotel

76 The Scores, St. Andrews
4.1
of 5, from 83 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this hotel is steps from St. Andrews Aquarium, Old Course at St Andrews, and British Golf Museum. University of St. Andrews and St. Andrew's Castle are also within 10 minutes.

£88
The Albany Hotel St Andrews

The Albany Hotel St Andrews

56 North Street, St. Andrews
4.1
of 5, from 29 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in St. Andrews, this hotel is steps from St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Garden and University of St. Andrews. St. Andrew's Castle and St. Andrew's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

£120
Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

40 The Scores, St. Andrews
4.2
of 5, from 51 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is steps from St. Andrews Aquarium, Old Course at St Andrews, and British Golf Museum. University of St. Andrews and St. Andrew's Castle are also within 10 minutes.

£182
Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

Pilmour Links, St. Andrews
4.1
of 5, from 126 reviews
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Situated in St. Andrews, this golf hotel is steps from Old Course at St Andrews and British Golf Museum. St. Andrews Aquarium and University of St. Andrews are also within 10 minutes.

£108
Greyfriars

Greyfriars

129 North Street, St. Andrews
4.3
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Situated in St. Andrews, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of St. Andrews and St. Andrews Aquarium. Old Course at St Andrews and British Golf Museum are also within 10 minutes.

St Andrews Tourist Hostel

St Andrews Tourist Hostel

Inchape House, St. Andrews
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews Aquarium, and Old Course at St Andrews. British Golf Museum and St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Garden are also within 10 minutes.