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1. What is the night life like (clubs, partying)?
2. What is the social life like - societies, events?
3. Is finding part time work relatively difficult?
4. What is your opinion on shopping centres and transport?
5. What are the people there like?
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1. There are not a lot of night clubs so you have to know that if that is important to you. There is basically one and the student union. Lots of pubs though. Plenty of partying - as much as you want.
2. Social life is what you make of it. It has a lot of societies and sport clubs. Most freshers live in university housing the first year so you get to know the people there really well. But, you have to make an effort to get involved and to meet people. At first it can feel like you're an outsider but most freshers at any uni will feel that way for a period of time. Don't sit around and wait for people to come to you to join a friend group - actively seek people to hang out with beginning Freshers Week.
There are loads of different societies and St Andrews is known for their balls. Two popular balls are the Christmas Ball and the Kate Kennedy Ball in May. But there is basically a ball a month really including sports and academic balls.
Students have a lot of private parties in their flats after their first year. Dinner parties are very popular.
St Andrews has a ton of traditions including having an Academic Family, Wearing your academic robe and walking the pier, Raisin Weekend and the May Dip. Look those up online for further details.]
3. The work load is challenging but all universities are. You need to stay up with your reading and being prepared for class and no one is going to know or babysit you to see if you are.... you just do it because you'll get too far behind otherwise. You'll only have about 2 assessments usually in the form of an essay or two and a final per course.
4. St Andrews is a small town with only about 3 shopping streets but it has some good shops. Dundee and Edinburgh are not far away and very manageable to get to if you want to go to a proper shopping center or want larger stores. Transport is by bus to Dundee or bus or train (primarily train) to Edinburgh but the train station is out of town so you have to take a bus or taxi to get to the train.
5. There are all types of people at St Andrews. It is a very diverse group of students and you will literally find students from all over the world. The is not an exaggeration. You also have a lot of diversity in the socio-economic backgrounds of the students. Yes, St. Andrews has a fair number of wealthy students but there is a good portion of students who come from a more challenged financial background. But, I think you'll find that for the most part everyone is friendly and respectful and you'll find a group that you'll connect with.
*I think most students would say especially by the time they graduate that their experience at St Andrews was wonderful and a very special time and wish they could go back.
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1. There are not a lot of night clubs so you have to know that if that is important to you. There is basically one and the student union. Lots of pubs though. Plenty of partying - as much as you want.
2. Social life is what you make of it. It has a lot of societies and sport clubs. Most freshers live in university housing the first year so you get to know the people there really well. But, you have to make an effort to get involved and to meet people. At first it can feel like you're an outsider but most freshers at any uni will feel that way for a period of time. Don't sit around and wait for people to come to you to join a friend group - actively seek people to hang out with beginning Freshers Week.
There are loads of different societies and St Andrews is known for their balls. Two popular balls are the Christmas Ball and the Kate Kennedy Ball in May. But there is basically a ball a month really including sports and academic balls.
Students have a lot of private parties in their flats after their first year. Dinner parties are very popular.
St Andrews has a ton of traditions including having an Academic Family, Wearing your academic robe and walking the pier, Raisin Weekend and the May Dip. Look those up online for further details.]
3. The work load is challenging but all universities are. You need to stay up with your reading and being prepared for class and no one is going to know or babysit you to see if you are.... you just do it because you'll get too far behind otherwise. You'll only have about 2 assessments usually in the form of an essay or two and a final per course.
4. St Andrews is a small town with only about 3 shopping streets but it has some good shops. Dundee and Edinburgh are not far away and very manageable to get to if you want to go to a proper shopping center or want larger stores. Transport is by bus to Dundee or bus or train (primarily train) to Edinburgh but the train station is out of town so you have to take a bus or taxi to get to the train.
5. There are all types of people at St Andrews. It is a very diverse group of students and you will literally find students from all over the world. The is not an exaggeration. You also have a lot of diversity in the socio-economic backgrounds of the students. Yes, St. Andrews has a fair number of wealthy students but there is a good portion of students who come from a more challenged financial background. But, I think you'll find that for the most part everyone is friendly and respectful and you'll find a group that you'll connect with.
*I think most students would say especially by the time they graduate that their experience at St Andrews was wonderful and a very special time and wish they could go back.
That answers everything, thank you for your help! Hoping to apply this year.
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(Original post by JustSomeone19)
1. What is the night life like (clubs, partying)?
2. What is the social life like - societies, events?
3. Is finding part time work relatively difficult?
4. What is your opinion on shopping centres and transport?
5. What are the people there like?
1. House parties are way more of a thing than clubbing. There are some events in 601 and the Union, and the Vic is always an option, but they can be expensive and overcrowded. Balls are also popular; though they can be expensive, they're also really fun!

2. It's entirely what you make it. Most people join 30 societies in freshers week, and eventually find one or two socs that they stick with for most of Uni. That's generally where you find your friends and your 'group'.

3. It's very competitive. Apply everywhere, and the more experience you have, the easier you'll have. If you don't get a job in freshers week, keep looking! Stuff comes up mid-semester regularly, and its a lot less competitive.

4. Dundee has a nice shopping centre only a 30 min bus ride away, and you're under two hours away from all the shopping Edinburgh's Princes Street has to offer. The high street in St A has some shops (H&M, Next, etc.).

5. Mixed bag, as with any Uni. Everyone finds their "people" eventually, and everyone has people they don't like. It's not all posh wealthy English people like some sources might suggest.
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