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Student Accommodation in St Andrews

Written by Sam | March 30, 2021

St Andrews is probably best known for it’s golf courses which are very prestigious. It hosts a lot of big golf tournaments which attract some big names to the area.

It also lays home to the University of St Andrews. It is ranked well in the world according to Times Higher Education and comes in at 201-250, however, currently it also makes it the highest ranked university in Scotland.

With over 9,000 full time students, again by the Times Higher Education, however it has a lot of courses to offer and offers 900 courses across four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, and Science.

Want to know more about St Andrews? This page gives you some facts and information on St Andrews and what it is like as a student. Life in St Andrews as a student.

If you want to know more about the university, some of it’s key metrics, history and what it is known for, this page will help you: St Andrews University

Private Student Accommodation in St Andrews

In this section I like to look at what student accommodation is in St Andrews that isn’t owned or managed by the university. This type of accommodation is typically known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation.

This type of accommodation is designed all around students and as such they can come with a lot of benefits, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • En-suites
  • Bills included
  • Contents insurance
  • Free breakfasts
  • Free coffee
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms
  • On-site maintenance
  • Bikes to use

There are many more positives that I will have missed, however, not every accommodation will offer all of this, it depends on what space they have.

A lot of the student accommodation is based around the city centre. This means it is close to the train station, all shops and the university.

You will be able to walk anywhere and if you haven’t been to Scotland before, it can get very rural very quickly and transport can become harder and more sparse.

St Andrews has a lot of cycle routes and you can also make use of those as well, however, with a lot of rain, sometimes it can become more hassle!

Map of student accommodation in St Andrews
Map of student accommodation in St Andrews

If you are searching for accommodation to live in then I would suggest starting in the January before you go to university. This allows time for the halls to know what re-bookers they have and then they will offer it out to you.

The average rent for student accommodation in St Andrews is around £180.

Some good student accommodation providers in St Andrews are:

These are pretty much the only two private student accommodations currently. There are a lot of university-owned and managed buildings which currently shows that many students stay in that accommodation or they move into student housing.

If you are searching for student accommodation and want to make sure that you find a good place to live, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the accommodation
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk and en-suite
  • Make sure the communal areas are big enough for everyone in your flat
  • Make sure the buildings communal areas are fit for purpose and not tiny!
  • View more than one room type and accommodation company
  • Read their tenancy agreement and cancellation policy

If you need more detail, this article will help you: How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in St Andrews

With there being so few private student accommodation providers in St Andres, you would assume that there would be more student housing for students to move in to. After all there are just over 9,000 students to house!

If you are searching for student housing, then most students start searching in late November or December and if they find a good place they like, they usually book it so it doesn’t get taken by other students.

With houses in Scotland, they have some great period houses which are quite large and you can get a lot of rooms in them.

It is worth mentioning that there are different laws when it comes to HMOs in Scotland compared to England. They are similar in most ways but there are some key differences.

The best places to live in St Andrews as a student are:

  • Town Centre
  • Lamond Drive
  • Hepburn Gardens
  • Canongate

All these are roads that go through St Andrews, however, the roads that come off them are where you will typically find students.

The most expensive is the town centre and it can be expensive because of the golf club and who it attracts. It attracts the wealthy that want to play there, your rents will reflect this.

Lamond Drive is out towards the university sports centre and isn’t a bad place due to it’s location, somewhere around there gives you the best of both worlds in terms of university campus and sports centre.

Hepburn and Canongate are more towards the campus side of town and closer to some of the bigger shops.

You can go further out, you just need to know what your commute will look like from your house.

The average rent for living in a house in St Andrews is around £150 and this doesn’t include bills. Bills will be on top of this amount.

Some good student housing providers in St Andrews are:

There are more providers, however, these are the ones that show good properties with more than the standard student room. As always, before you book make sure you do your research!

When you are searching for student housing and want to make sure you find a good place to live with your friends, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • View more than one property and one letting agent
  • Check all the bedrooms
  • Look at the quality of the fixtures and fittings
  • Read their tenancy agreement
  • Check accreditations and deposit protection schemes
  • Is it designed well and functional?
  • Can everyone fit in the communal areas?

Looking for more detail on how to find a good student house? This article goes into more detail will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

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