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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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Best Western Scores Hotel £176
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Best Western Scores Hotel

76 The Scores, St. Andrews
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 165 reviews
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    Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Course at St Andrews and University of St. Andrews. British Golf Museum and West Sands are also within 5 minutes.

    Macdonald Rusacks Hotel £139
    Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

    Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

    Pilmour Links, St. Andrews
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 356 reviews
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      Situated in St. Andrews, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Swilken Bridge and University of St. Andrews. Old Course at St Andrews and British Golf Museum are also within 5 minutes.

      The Albany Hotel St Andrews £104
      The Albany Hotel St Andrews

      The Albany Hotel St Andrews

      56 North Street, St. Andrews
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 86 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in St. Andrews, this hotel is steps away 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.

        Greyfriars Inn £110
        Greyfriars Inn

        Greyfriars Inn

        129 North Street, St. Andrews
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 61 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in St. Andrews, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Andrews Aquarium and University of St. Andrews. Old Course at St Andrews and British Golf Museum are also within 10 minutes.

          Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews £141
          Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

          Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

          40 The Scores, St. Andrews
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 181 reviews
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            Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Andrews Aquarium and University of St. Andrews. Old Course at St Andrews and British Golf Museum are also within 5 minutes.

            Old Course Hotel £349
            Old Course Hotel

            Old Course Hotel

            Old Station Road, St. Andrews
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 483 reviews
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              Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Swilken Bridge and University of St. Andrews. West Sands and Old Course at St Andrews are also within 15 minutes.

              Charming Historic Listed Cottage and Beautiful Garden in the Heart of St Andrews
              Charming Historic Listed Cottage and Beautiful Garden in the Heart of St Andrews

              Charming Historic Listed Cottage and Beautiful Garden in the Heart of St Andrews

              , St Andrews
                 
                4.9
                of 5, from 50 reviews
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                Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Garden and University of St. Andrews. St. Andrew's Castle and St. Andrew's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

                The Golf Inn £108
                The Golf Inn

                The Golf Inn

                1 Golf Place, St. Andrews
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 182 reviews
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                  Situated by the ocean, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Old Course at St Andrews and University of St. Andrews. British Golf Museum and Swilken Bridge are also within 5 minutes.