Sure academic families exist at other unis, but in St Andrews it's a big thing.
There are lots of ways to find a family, many of which aren't affected by lockdown restrictions. Try going to society events, talking to people in group chats, posting on our academic family finder, or downloading Umii. The Union will also be running events to help you find a family.
Here's a breakdown of how 447 current students met their academic parents. Meeting parents on nights out is likely to be replaced largely by society events.