The bad things in St Andrews according to me.
-The posh posers. There are LOADS of girls who walk around with sunglasses bigger than their arses, all wearing the exact same fashion. You eventually get sick of them all with their white coats and fashion handbags, sucking up to all the posh boys. The boys who wear jumpers and try to act all proper, then get really drunk and run about halls at night shouting in their posh accents also annoy me. These are the same people who call out during lectures questioning things and you want to hit them because they are talking a load of rubbish.
- The shops. The shops are ****. That's about it really. The only shop worth going to is Tesco. Anything else you need you will have to order online or go elsewhere. You will find that shopping becomes a thing of the past when you come to St. Andrews.
- The prices. The prices here are terrible. The cheapest beer on a regular night (ie excluding special offers) is in the union, tennents at £1.90 (and it will probably be increased by next year, it was £1.60 2 years ago). Compare that to somewhere like Glasgow, where you can get pints for £1 very easily. A normal beer in a pub in the town here will cost about £2.70. As well as drinks, everything else is stupidly expensive. A bag of chips with curry sauce and couple of battered sausages (a typical takeaway for someone) would cost about £5. That would cost £1.90/2 at home. Disgraceful.
- The nightlife. Related to the price of drinks. The nightlife is pretty much terrible. Really because everywhere closes at about 1am, apart from the union on a Friday night which closes at a staggering 2am (holy ****!). Most bars are very small, there are no clubs so don't expect much of a lively scene apart from the usual trying to find a table amongst hundreds and hundreds of other students also trying to find a table. A typical Friday night will have a realistic waiting time at the union bar of 10-15 minutes (and it seems a hell of a lot longer).
- The library. This hasn't really affected me, as I never use libraries, I use the Internet. But when you want to use it, it's crap. Apparently it's being renovated which is a good thing, as at the moment it's a run down dump with the dullest carpets and dark rooms, and an impossible layout of bookshelves.
-The societies. A complete load of rubbish. Take rocksoc for example. Apparently one of the largest societies at the uni (or maybe THE largest). Full of a load of morons who host the most boring events who argue online about who is going to DJ what. Bitch fights galore. Almost every society is poorly run and completely amateur. I was at the Benelux society BBQ recently and it was the worst thing I ever attended, with the BBQ falling over, people standing about doing nothing, just a complete lack of everything. Do not get excited about the societies. They try to draw you in during freshers week. But to be honest they are a load of rubbish.
Apart from that, most things here are pretty good! It's just like any uni really. The transport is actually very good, as buses go practically everywhere from the bus station, I just get a bus to glasgow or edinburgh and fly home. There are a lot more normal people to make up for the frustration from the moronic posh ones taking International Relations and driving about in their Morgan custom made cars, and it's generally a nice place to live. As for the weather, it's just the same as anywhere in the UK. You get the usual dull days, not as much rain as some other places, winter can bring in a little bit of snow, summer has some great sunny spells. And there are millions of rabbits everywhere you go. Just walking on the footpath in front of you. Crazy.