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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 £112
Best Western Scores Hotel

Best Western Scores Hotel

76 The Scores, St. Andrews
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 155 reviews
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this 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.

    Macdonald Rusacks Hotel £113
    Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

    Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

    Pilmour Links, St. Andrews
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 344 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

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

      The Albany Hotel St Andrews £82
      The Albany Hotel St Andrews

      The Albany Hotel St Andrews

      56 North Street, St. Andrews
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 79 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.

        Old Course Hotel £163
        Old Course Hotel

        Old Course Hotel

        Old Station Road, St. Andrews
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 454 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Old Course at St Andrews and University of St. Andrews. British Golf Museum and St. Andrews Aquarium 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 47 reviews
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            Situated near the beach in St. Andrews, this property is close to University of St. Andrews, Old Course at St Andrews and St. Andrews Botanic Garden. Also nearby are St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Garden and St. Andrew's Castle.

            Kinnettles Hotel and Spa £191
            Kinnettles Hotel and Spa

            Kinnettles Hotel and Spa

            127 North Street, St. Andrews
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 5 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach in St. Andrews, this spa hotel is close to St. Andrews Aquarium, Old Course at St Andrews and St. Andrews Botanic Garden. Also nearby are University of St. Andrews and British Golf Museum.

              Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews £108
              Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

              Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

              40 The Scores, St. Andrews
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 176 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                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.

                Greyfriars Inn £77
                Greyfriars Inn

                Greyfriars Inn

                129 North Street, St. Andrews
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 52 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.