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St Andrews University

St Andrews University

The oldest university in Scotland (founded 1413), St Andrews is a leading teaching and research centre, situated on the stunning Scottish coast.

The University’s venerable age, historic surroundings and beautiful seaside location make this centre a refreshing haven in which to study and explore the Scottish countryside.

About the University of St Andrews

Established in 1413, the University of St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland, and has spent 600 years building a reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres. The notable alumni of the university include Edward Jenner (founder of the smallpox vaccine), Margaret Fairlie (the first woman to hold a professorial chair in Scotland), actor/director Crispin Bonham-Carter, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, along with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Situated in the picturesque small town of St Andrews on the eastern coast of Fife, the University of St Andrews is a short coach ride from Edinburgh and all its historic attractions, dining experiences and diverse shopping.


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St Andrews buildings outside view
St Andrews view of the city
Pathway to St Andrews
Archway ruin
St Andrews buildings
St Andrews University Building in the Sunshine

Virtual tour

Explore the cloisters and quads of St Andrews University through this interactive virtual tour.

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Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in single rooms, which are superior to the standard undergraduate bedrooms. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases.

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Superior single

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Safety and security on campus

In the University of St Andrews, students are overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors.

The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications.

ORA will have residential staff who live on site throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day and night.

ORA and St Andrews

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Summer Schools is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, the University of St Andrews. Find out more about ORA and St Andrews.

St Andrews entrance

About St Andrews

Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland. It pre-dates Edinburgh (founded in 1582) by almost 170 years, and sits proudly alongside Oxford and Cambridge in the top three oldest UK universities. Students are accommodated in superior en-suite bedrooms, which are used by undergraduates during the university term.

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