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Freshers! Ask us all your questions!!!

Congratulations on getting into St Andrews! 

It’s a wonderful feeling and you’re bound to have the time of your life at this magical university.

Nevertheless, we know what a huge change going to university is – especially somewhere as far and remote as St Andrews.

If you have any – and we really do mean ANY – questions, please write them in the comments below. You can post anonymously too!

We’ll answer comments by replying to them so go ahead and scroll down!

Thanks!

Make sure you check out our dedicated freshers’ hub where you’ll find a lot more key info about St Andrews!

 

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'Freshers! Ask us all your questions!!!' have 11 comments

  1. 18th July 2015 @ 4:41 pm Rikke

    Hi! I was wondering where I might be able to by a bicycle once I arrive in St Andrews. The orienation guide mentions a “Guided Bike Ride” event, but it says nothing there about buying used bikes. Also, how much money should I expect to pay for a decent used bike? Thanks in advance!

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    • 28th July 2015 @ 5:34 pm Mikesh Mistry

      Hey Rikee,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      They’ll be a huge second-hand bike sale during freshers’ week. Make sure you check the freshers’ booklet that you’ll receive on arrival to St Andrews for the exact time.

      If you buy it from this university-organised bike sale event, all bikes will have been properly refurbished and so the cheapest of bikes will probably be £90-£110.

      There is a bike shop in town – Spokes – and their range starts at around £150-£180.

      Don’t make the mistake of buying too cheap as St Andrews and Fife are lovely places to go out on with your bike and you’ll just end up buying a better one later on. A new £200-£230 bike will last you for all your four years at St Andrews and you could even sell it for around £80 when you leave!

      Mikesh from The Sinner

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  2. 18th July 2015 @ 6:50 pm Isabella

    How big is the average closet in the dorms?

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    • 28th July 2015 @ 5:38 pm Mikesh Mistry

      Hey Isabella,

      Thank you for your question.

      You generally just get one cupboard and, speaking as a guy, I found it perfectly adequate to hang 20 shirts and t-shirts plus a few formal jackets. There are also shelves in this cupboard for other items of clothing. There are other pieces of furniture such as a drawer where you can put socks etc.

      St Andrews probably the most fashion-minded university in the country so you should find space to put all your clothes although it might be bit of a tight squeeze.

      Mikesh from The Sinner

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  3. 18th July 2015 @ 8:47 pm Mary Falls

    What is Dundee and why does everyone make a big deal about it?

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    • 19th July 2015 @ 10:09 am Callum

      It’s a city, the nearest city to Saint Andrews.

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    • 28th July 2015 @ 5:39 pm Mikesh Mistry

      Dundee is the nearest city to St Andrews – around a 25 min bus ride. The town centre has a much larger variety of shops (food and clothing) than St Andrews. Lots of students go for a trip to Dundee on the weekend to ‘escape the bubble’.

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  4. 18th July 2015 @ 9:16 pm Anon

    1) Is St. Andrews sex positive? Is there a lot of shaming for having sex?
    2)Free condoms?
    3) How is the school with dealing with depression?

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    • 28th July 2015 @ 5:49 pm Mikesh Mistry

      Dear Anon,
      Thanks for your questions.

      1) I wouldn’t say St Andrews is ‘sex negative’! Like every university in the country, students at St Andrews like to shag although I guess there will always be some people who will make condescending remarks.

      2) Free condoms are readily available! Each hall has their own designated condom rep.

      3) The university’s student support service deals with all mental health issues and can provide counselling appointments if necessary. How effective is the uni will helping students with depression? I guess each person has their own experiences although their has been a lot of debate on how the university should improve its mental health services in recent years.

      You can also make an appointment with your doctor through the NHS to talk about depression.

      There is also a ‘Nightline’ service run by students who will talk to you confidentially about anything.
      http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/nightline/
      Call them on 01334 46 2266 during term time.

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  5. 30th July 2015 @ 12:38 am Sasha

    1. What are the social demographics like in St Andrews? I read that 40% come from private schools… so I am a little worried.
    2. Are the internationals cliquey? Like according to what nationality they are in.
    3. Since it is easier for international students to get admitted to St Andrews, do EU students think that the internationals aren’t as intelligent? Like do they look down on Americans for example (I’ve read some comments saying that SATs are “piss easy” compared to the IB and A Levels :(

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    • 30th July 2015 @ 9:35 pm Mikesh Mistry

      Hey Shasha – thanks for your message.

      1) It’s probably more like 45%!!! I didn’t come from a private school and also was a bit worried when I came. However, I honestly wouldn’t worry. Sure, there are some rich, arrogant b*******s but there are also lots of poor, arrogant b*******s. The vast majority of people are really friendly and lots of activities and societies (excluding balls) are pretty low priced so there is always something to do! The university is also pretty proactive in trying to widen opportunities from those from unprivileged backgrounds.

      2) I guess you could say ‘cliquey’. You do tend to see the Chinese students and Indian students hang out with each other but there is plenty of different nationalities in people’s main friend circles. In my immediate friend group, I had Scottish, American, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Irish and Indonesian people. If you are non-UK or not American, please don’t worry! St Andrews is very international and you won’t have any problems meeting people from your country or making friends with others.

      3) Hahah – great question! I honestly couldn’t say! Everyone is pretty smart at St Andrews and you’ll soon realise there is a strong academic competitive which tends to reveal itself during the exam revision period.

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