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    (Original post by facepalm)
    Whilst true, that's slightly misleading as UK universities such as St Andrews rely mostly on Govt funding, so the size of their endowment doesnt matter so much. For examble oxford has an endowment of $5 billion, which, whilst big, ranks nowhere near that of Stanford, MIT, Princeton etc - universities they would be considered on a par with if not better than.
    British Universities do rely on Government funding yes, but perhaps not to the extent you think. I seem to recall being told at a conference once that only around 1/3 of St. Andrews funding comes from the public sector. South of the border I assume that figure may even be less at the top institutions (especially given the slashed teaching budget).

    So yes, endowment is not the only part of the story, but even factoring in gov. funding, it remains a large part of it...
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    Hello I have a few questions:

    1. What is the general attitude towards international students? I'm Lithuanian and somewhat shy, so I'm scared I won't be able to make any friends.

    2. Is studying Economics really that hard? I got an offer for MA Economics, but so far all I've read about Economics at St Andrews is that it's really difficult and boring.

    3. Finally, a silly question: during my studies I'm planning to return home for both Christmas and Easter holidays, but flights from London are way, way cheaper than the ones from Edinburgh. Would it be too ridiculous to go to London by train from the Leuchars Railway Station and then fly home from there?
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    (Original post by EveIsBored)
    Hello I have a few questions:

    1. What is the general attitude towards international students? I'm Lithuanian and somewhat shy, so I'm scared I won't be able to make any friends.

    2. Is studying Economics really that hard? I got an offer for MA Economics, but so far all I've read about Economics at St Andrews is that it's really difficult and boring.

    3. Finally, a silly question: during my studies I'm planning to return home for both Christmas and Easter holidays, but flights from London are way, way cheaper than the ones from Edinburgh. Would it be too ridiculous to go to London by train from the Leuchars Railway Station and then fly home from there?
    1. St Andrews has a very diverse and international student body (including many Lithuanians). You would fit in very well and if you made the effort, you wouldn't struggle at all in making friends. And my 'making the effort', what I really mean is 'leave your room'

    2. It's just like any other economics degree I would imagine. It starts off quite slow in your 1st year as obviously everyone is at a different level but picks up the pace. The thing about economics is that you need to keep up as the semester goes on otherwise you're going to get totally lost.

    3. That wouldn't be ridiculous if the overall cost is cheaper. However, remember you'll have to pay for a train from Leuchars to London and they can be very expensive.
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    So I have a few questions after receiving an offer, most of which are probably odd and unanswerable but any kind of help would be appreciated:

    -Are there many people who travel to Glasgow/Edinburgh for gigs regularly? How difficult would this be?

    -I feel as though there is an 'image' of a St Andrews student and fear that I will seem like an alien. Are there many 'alternative' people, those who stand out for being different, being into different things, etc?

    -Is the university really as right wing/upper class as it seems?

    -How difficult is it to find part time work?

    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by electric-wars)
    So I have a few questions after receiving an offer, most of which are probably odd and unanswerable but any kind of help would be appreciated:

    -Are there many people who travel to Glasgow/Edinburgh for gigs regularly? How difficult would this be?

    -I feel as though there is an 'image' of a St Andrews student and fear that I will seem like an alien. Are there many 'alternative' people, those who stand out for being different, being into different things, etc?

    -Is the university really as right wing/upper class as it seems?

    -How difficult is it to find part time work?

    Thanks in advance.

    1) I went to Edinburgh and Glasgow for concerts. And it's easy enough getting to them (assuming you don't have really busy afternoons), it's really the getting back. From Edinburgh, the last train back is usually about 11pm (buses stop running a lot earlier). From Glasgow, you won't be able to get back to St Andrews after about 10ish, so you would have to find somewhere to crash (I stayed with my brother in Edinburgh and took the first train back in the morning). But if you're more willing to miss lectures etc than I am, then it'll work if there's something you'd really like to go to.

    2) What is this image?? Rich? Golfers? Intelligent? Drunks? We have all of those, but we have a ton of other people too. The uni is just as mixed as any other university is, with plenty of people who might consider themselves to be weird. But you'll be fine, there are all types and tons of societies that range from basically anything! If I can fit in () then I bet you will!

    3) I suppose some people are a bit upper class and some will be more right wing, but again, there is a big mix of people. Don't worry, the town isn't full of golf jumper wearing students. And as far as the university itself, it's so international and varied that you can't really define it.

    4) I looked in the couple of files of jobs available during Fresher's week in the Careers centre, and there were plenty. But depending on what subject you're doing, you might not have tons of time to do work, and the university recommends you don't work more than 15-20 hours a week.
    But apart from that I'm not much use on the subject.

    I hope some of this helps. If not just ignore.
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    (Original post by electric-wars)
    So I have a few questions after receiving an offer, most of which are probably odd and unanswerable but any kind of help would be appreciated:

    -Are there many people who travel to Glasgow/Edinburgh for gigs regularly? How difficult would this be?

    -I feel as though there is an 'image' of a St Andrews student and fear that I will seem like an alien. Are there many 'alternative' people, those who stand out for being different, being into different things, etc?

    -Is the university really as right wing/upper class as it seems?

    -How difficult is it to find part time work?

    Thanks in advance.
    Congratulations on your offer! It looks like Helsy has done a good job of answering your questions but I thought I'd just add a couple of things:

    Firstly, if you want to meet like-minded people then societies are a really good way to do so - there are societies such as the Conservative & Union Society, but also Lib Dem and LeftSoc. You can see a full list of union-affiliated ones here if you're interested.

    Part-time work is quite difficult to find because there seems to be quite a lot of competition for relatively few vacancies but if you're really determined then you should have a good chance at finding something. There is always Dundee to try as well if you can't find anything in town.

    Good luck & I'm sure you'll fit in at St Andrews or wherever you choose
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    Can any of you remember whenabouts you got your offers last year? I'm getting nervous haha.. particularly for English!
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    (Original post by doloroushazy)
    Can any of you remember whenabouts you got your offers last year? I'm getting nervous haha.. particularly for English!
    Not sure how much help it will be, but I got an offer for history last year on the 1st March
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    Would I be bored at st andrews?
    Hi, I came to st andrews last week to have a look round and loved it, and the course sounds absolutely amazing. My one doubt however is the social life (or lack of????) I like to go out and have a good time, although that doesn't have to be a club, could be a pub or party or whatever, and im more than happy to join loads of clubs and societies etc, also I'm quite sporty. I'm just worried because its such a tiny town and I'm used to living in a big city, is it too much of a culture shock, and is there enough to do at night? Thanks so much for any replies.
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    Would I be bored at st andrews?
    Hi, I came to st andrews last week to have a look round and loved it, and the course sounds absolutely amazing. My one doubt however is the social life (or lack of????) I like to go out and have a good time, although that doesn't have to be a club, could be a pub or party or whatever, and im more than happy to join loads of clubs and societies etc, also I'm quite sporty. I'm just worried because its such a tiny town and I'm used to living in a big city, is it too much of a culture shock, and is there enough to do at night? Thanks so much for any replies.
    There tonnes of pubs, if you're sporty, even better. Join the Girls' Hockey club, you'll be constantly pissed.
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    I'm wondering how LGBT life is at St Andrews. I know there is a society, but are they active? And how is the attitude generally towards LGBT people?
    Any help would be appreciated
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    (Original post by perlsh)
    I'm wondering how LGBT life is at St Andrews. I know there is a society, but are they active? And how is the attitude generally towards LGBT people?
    Any help would be appreciated
    I was about to ask the exact same thing.
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    (Original post by Helsy)
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    Thank you both for your answers, they were very helpful.
    Do you guys ever (be honest!) get bored of living in such a small town?
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    (Original post by electric-wars)
    Thank you both for your answers, they were very helpful.
    Do you guys ever (be honest!) get bored of living in such a small town?
    Honestly I never do, I think its because there is always something going on or something to be involved in. Its hard to explain but St Andrews is kind of like a city thats been stuffed in a shoe.. there's a good mix of everything (mostly) and its all conveniently located at your doorstep. But if you do start to get a bit of cabin fever Dundee is only 30 mins away and Edinburgh isn't far away either for a trip out!
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    (Original post by electric-wars)
    Thank you both for your answers, they were very helpful.
    Do you guys ever (be honest!) get bored of living in such a small town?
    Me personally, no. Tons of stuff always going on with the different societies and then there are the general uni stuff too. And you can always go out and about with mates etc.

    Then again, I feel like I work constantly (typical me ) so I don't have time to notice if town is boring.

    But no, town isn't too small.
    Just wish it had decent pizza.
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    (Original post by facepalm)
    Heya, just got an offer from St Andrews to read History, was just wondering, and I know this seems like a weird question, but what is the drug scene like at St Andrews? Because I know its not really a clubbing place and thus you might think that a drug scene might be pretty non-existent, but a mate of mine told me recently that its fairly druggy.
    St Andrews's drug scene is very small/subdued. You wonn't have too much difficulty getting hold of some cannabis or whatever on occasion, but there is very little market for anything harder & you won't find dealers hanging around on street corners by the bus station like you might in London.

    Dundee, in contrast, has a very active drug scene & you'll probably find whatever you want there & for much cheaper than you might find it in St Andrews - most of what you find in St Andrews will have come from Dundee anyway.
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    (Original post by Helsy)
    But no, town isn't too small.
    Just wish it had decent pizza.
    May I take this as an opportunity to invite you to come to my place at some point to be served self-made pizza?
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    May I take this as an opportunity to invite you to come to my place at some point to be served self-made pizza?
    Ahaha! Sure! I'd make it to if I didn't feel so tired at the end of the day.
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    (Original post by electric-wars)
    Thank you both for your answers, they were very helpful.
    Do you guys ever (be honest!) get bored of living in such a small town?
    I agree with the others - I haven't ever felt bored of living here, but I generally don't like cities much anyway so I'm probably not the best person to ask. I haven't even gone to Dundee yet (although I have been to some other cities for the day with friends).
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    I have just been having a quick look at accommodation and noticed on McIntosh Hall, which I like the look of, that the majority of first years share a room. Has anyone had any experience of this? How did you find it? Or is majority a bit of an exaggeration?

    I also like the look of University Hall, McIntosh Hall is just maybe better located.
 
 
 
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