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Spanish Gardens

The Can-Do initiative is providing a new marquee and outdoor space available to book for you and your group.

Due to the success of the previous set up on Lower College Lawn, the Can-do initiative will build a new yet smaller marquee in the Spanish Gardens which can hold 35 people at a time. This structure will have chairs for 35 and 6 trestle tables. If you want to keep your meeting or social event outside in the fresh air, the site will also have 4 outdoor areas you can book. Each area will feature 6 picnic tables allowing you to sit comfortably.

Where is it:

Spanish Gardens, Castlecliffe, just off the Scores

When is it open:

It’s open from 12pm – 7pm, (times subject to availability) Monday 30th August – Sunday 19th September

How do you book:

Simply email candoadmin@st-andrews.co.uk and a member of the Can Do team will get you booked in. Be prepared to give information on numbers of attendees as well as adhering to rules of the site.

The Union

As always the Union will a hub of activity during Freshers’ Week! We will be your go-to night time venue but we’ll also have so much more going on. Find out more below!

Where is it:

St Andrews Students’ Association, St Mary’s Place

When are we open:

Our building will be open Monday - Friday 9am – 2am, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon – 2am. The party will really get started each night from 10:30pm.

What’s happening:

We’ll have Charities and Environment Fayres, Farmers Markets, Poster and Plant sales and of course we will be your go-to night time venue! Club 601 will be open from 10:30pm, it’ll host live entertainment every night of Freshers’ Week. Beacon Bar will be serving cocktails, we’ll be pulling lots of pints in Sandy’s Bar and Main Bar will be buzzing. The Piazza is a great outdoor space we’ve created to socialise in and it’ll have live music and food vendors.

More info about events coming soon!

How much does it cost:

We’ll have lots going on at the Union. There will be an entry fee from 9pm every night of the week.

If you have purchased a Golden Ticket you will get in for free every day as long as you're inside by midnight! After midnight, entry will be based on building capacity.

Union North

Please note that Union North is a cash only site! All bars will be operating a cash only service. The nearest ATMs by distance include Agnes Blackadder Hall, Shell Garage, Tesco, Students Association and Nationwide


Think festival, think live music, think big names acts! We’ve worked hard all summer to bring you an incredible brand new experience for Freshers’ Week 2021.

Where is it

Union North will run on the North Haugh which is situated on the right hand side as you enter St Andrews.

When is it open

It’s open from 2pm – 9pm, Saturday 4th - Thursday 9th September

What's happening

There will be a little bit of everything at the site. Dj’s, live music and headline acts will be filling our outdoor stage. We’ll have food vendors, lots of bars serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, an information station, gin tasting and lots more! There will also be a socially distanced area to make sure everyone feels safe.

These events are in partnership with the Can Do Initiative

More info about each day coming soon!

How much does it cost

We know how tough it’s been recently so for the first weekend it’s on us! The Can Do Initiative and the Students’ Association are footing the bill for the whole weekend!!

From Monday – Thursday the site will be free to enter until 5pm. From 5pm – 9pm there will be an entry fee as we bring out the very best entertainment we could find!

If you have purchased a Golden Ticket you will get in for free every day!

Union North

Freshers' and Sports Fayre will be combined this year! All societies, subcommittees, sports groups and vendors will be outdoors around the University Sports Centre to allow us to host a bigger Fayre than ever before./p>

Where is it

University of St Andrews Sports Centre, St Leonard's Road

When will it run

Monday 6th (2pm - 5pm) and Tuesday 7th (11am - 5pm)

What's happening

200 stalls will be located around the grounds of the Sports Cenre, a list of stall holders and map will be published online in advance of the event

How much does it cost

It's free and even better there will be freebies, competition prizes and giveaways

Subcommittees

Here's a list of our subcommittees currently available! You can find our searchable list on the union page here!

Accommodation (subcom) Student Community We exist to help all students in private flats or halls of residence with any problems they might encounter during their time in St Andrews.
Alumni (subcom) Student Community We connect our global alumni to St Andrews, and current students with alumni.
BAME Network (subcom) Student Community We exist to provide a strong community, adequate resources, and effective support to the BAME students at the University.
Charities Campaign (subcom) Charitable Our primary aim is to raise as much money as we possibly can for our three student nominated charities, and have just as much fun in the process. Last year, we raised over £100,000.
Community Relations (subcom) Student Community We are the primary point of contact at the Students' Association for local residents.
Debates (subcom) Activity and Recreation Welcome to the University of St Andrews Union Debating Society: the oldest – and some might say the finest – of its kind, founded in 1794.
Design Team (subcom) Arts, Media and Music Whether its pixels or paper, the Design Team is here to be the creative force working with the St Andrews community.
Disabled Student Network (subcom) Student Community The Disabled Students’ Network is dedicated to representing disabled students and promote an understanding of disability and building a supportive community for disabled students.
Education Committee (subcom) Academic and Education Educom is here to represent student opinion on education issues. We are responsible for coordinating student representation within the University education structure.
Ents Crew (subcom) Activity and Recreation Ents Crew power events. We're all student volunteers – most of us with no previous experience whatsoever. If you've ever thought a Union event looked cool, that was us.
Environment (subcom) Political and Campaigning The Environment Subcommittee exists to help students live more sustainably and get involved in environmental projects around campus.
Equal Opportunities (subcom) Political and Campaigning Our mission is to achieve the highest standards of equality so as to provide for a more open, safe, and accessible environment.
Lifers (subcom) Student Community We are responsible for representing students who have entered University after a break from education or from a non traditional route.
Mermaids (subcom) Arts, Media and Music Are you into theatre, comedy, musicals or any other performing arts? Want to show off your talents either on the stage or in the wings, or just see some fantastic shows? Welcome to Mermaids!
Music Fund (subcom) Arts, Media and Music At Music Fund we are dedicated to fostering the music scene in St Andrews, whether it be through organising gigs, providing funding for aspiring musicians, or working with other societies.
On The Rocks (subcom) Arts, Media and Music On The Rocks Festival is an entirely student-run arts festival incorporating art, photography, film, theatre, dance, fashion, music, and comedy.
Postgraduate (subcom) Student Community We deal with postgraduate academic representation, wellbeing, and social event organisation.
Saints LGBT+ (subcom) Student Community Saints LGBT+ is a social and wellbeing group dedicated to providing an open and safe environment for people in the LGBT+ community – and allies – within St Andrews.
Societies Committee (subcom) Activity and Recreation We support the many and diverse societies of the Students' Association. The committee consists of 15 members who work to manage the administration for 150+ societies. throughout the year.
STAR (subcom) Arts, Media and Music STAR is the one and only student radio station in St Andrews. We broadcast online at standrewsradio.com with live shows running from morning to midnight.
SVS (subcom) Charitable We assign volunteers, mainly from the student body of the University, to local projects in and around St Andrews.
Wellbeing (subcom) Student Community We focus our efforts around mental health, sexual health, personal safety, and alcohol consumption, as well as Raisin Weekend, May Dip, and other University traditions.
Societies

Here's a list of our societies currently available! You can find our searchable list on the union page here!

A Cappella Arts, Media and Music The a cappella scene in St Andrews is massive! We represent six amazing groups that you can be a part of. We provide support to these groups in performances across town and even across the country.
Action Against Homelessness Charitable A quickly growing society which will benefit people who are currently homeless in St Andrews and beyond
Action for Muona Charitable AFM is a society that organises events to raise funds/awareness for poverty alleviation programs in an isolated and impoverished township, Muona in Malawi
Afro-Caribbean Cultural We share African and Caribbean cultures with our community through social, academic, and charitable events.
Amnesty International Charitable Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognised human rights to be respected and protected for everyone.
Anthropology Academic and Education Inclusive and passionate about anthropology.
Archaeology Academic and Education The Student Archaeology Society is a group for anyone and everyone who is passionate about archaeology!
Argentine Tango Activity and Recreation Argentine tango is a passionate, improvised dance that builds a connection between the dancers. At STAARTANGO you can attend our classes, workshops and social dances! Come and give tango a chance!
Armenian Cultural Society description could not be loaded at this time
Art Arts, Media and Music As the University does not offer courses in fine arts, we the students step in to bridge that gap.
Art History Academic and Education A social, events-related society aimed at celebrating art and art history around the world.
Astronomical Academic and Education If you love to learn about space, or just stare at the stars in awe, we're the society for you!
Aviation Activity and Recreation A society for all things aviation! Join us if you want to learn how to fly or if you're just interested in the vehicles that take us between the clouds!
Azerbaijan Cultural Bringing together students of the University interested in learning about Azerbaijani culture, language, history and cuisine.
Bacchae (Classics) Academic and Education Salve omnes! Got an interest in Classics, Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology or Ancient History? We’re the society for you!
Ballroom and Latin American Dancing Activity and Recreation Competitive and Social Ballroom and Latin Dance
Banking and Finance Academic and Education Providing technical training and speaker events for all students pursuing careers in banking and finance.
Biology Academic and Education We run events for everyone interested in biology including pub quizzes, lectures, films and socials!
Biotech Academic and Education Society description could not be loaded at this time
Birding Activity and Recreation Birding Society is a student- and staff-led initiative encouraging the appreciation and study of local bird species.
Blood Donation Charitable We publicise and facilitate on-campus blood donation drives in collaboration with the NHS.
Book Club Activity and Recreation Book club is a welcoming and diverse society for anyone with an interest in reading.
Breakaway (Hill Walking) Activity and Recreation We're the hillwalking club. We go hiking in the Scottish Highlands every-other week. You should join us!
British Medical Association Academic and Education The British Medical Association Society of St Andrews is your official local university branch of the trade union and professional association for medical students and doctors throughout the UK.
Bubble Tea Food and Drink Enjoy Asian bubble tea and street food culture with us!
Bute Medical Academic and Education Established in 1915, the Bute Medical Society is one of St Andrews' oldest, largest and most active student societies.
Capoeira Activity and Recreation Capoeira is a Brazilian fighting style that combines the control of eastern martial arts with acrobatics and the fluidity of dance.
Catholic Faith We are open to all students within the University.
Celtic Cultural The University's oldest society, promoting Scottish Culture through Scottish Country Dance and Scottish Gaelic Language Classes.
Ceramics Activity and Recreation The Ceramics Society is dedicated to building a community of students who are interested in Ceramic Art.
Chaplaincy (Faith Society List) Faith The Chaplaincy offers hospitality to many faith societies. This links to the groups and societies most involved with the Chaplaincy.
Chemistry Academic and Education We welcome undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff to a variety of fun and exciting events throughout the year.
Chess Activity and Recreation Welcome to the Chess Society!
Children of Rwanda Charitable This charity provides financial help to children and families in western Rwanda to cover education and healthcare costs. Our branch aims to raise money for and awareness of the charity.
Chinese Hongpao Cultural Not only for Chinese-speaking students. We are here for everyone.
Chinese Students and Scholars Cultural We aim to enrich Chinese students' academic and cultural life in St Andrews and to bridge cultural exchange between Chinese and international communities.
Christian Union Faith We exist to give every student the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ.
Coexistence Initiative Faith We are committed to facilitating dialogue between people of all philosophies of life, religious or otherwise.
Coffee Food and Drink Stay caffeinated.
Comedy Arts, Media and Music We are dedicated to promoting and nourishing all comedic talent in St Andrews.
Computing (STACS) Academic and Education We exist to provide a social group and support network for people interested in computers.
Conservative and Unionist Association Political and Campaigning St Andrews University Conservative Association (STAUCA) is the social and political home of conservatism in St Andrews.
Consulting Academic and Education Supporting students' interests and ambitions of exploring the consulting sector.
Coppafeel Charitable We are on a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer in young people.
Craft Arts, Media and Music We host and teach a variety of different crafts each week. Develop your crafty passion, or learn something new and creative!
Czech and Slovak Cultural We aim to connect people and organise fun events to promote our culture.
Dance Club Activity and Recreation We are one of the largest and most diverse clubs in St Andrews; there is something for everyone!
Darts Activity and Recreation Darts!
Data Science Affiliating Society description could not be loaded at this time
Democrats Overseas Political and Campaigning We help American citizens vote from abroad, host social and speaker events, and raise awareness of political issues.
Dice Fan and Geek We play all kinds of tabletop games, including roleplaying games, wargames, boardgames and card games. We provide both a space of playing and a large collection of games!
Disney Fan and Geek We are a friendly, welcoming society that holds a range of Disney-themed events.
Doctor Who Fan and Geek We are a friendly society who get together every second week to watch a few episodes of Doctor Who.
Dog Walking Activity and Recreation For all St Andrews dog lovers.
DreamWorks Fan and Geek A different film society.
Drug Science Affiliating Learn about psychoactive substances - science, philosophy, policy and history
Economics Academic and Education We support and promote an interest in the pursuit of economics.
Effective Altruism Charitable A group focused on using evidence and reason to do the most good possible.
Enactus Charitable Enactus is a global organisation, bringing together students and business leaders to create sustainable entrepreneurial projects.
Engineering and Aerospace Academic and Education Workshops, competitions, industry talks, and more for students of all backgrounds looking to get into engineering or aerospace.
Entrepreneurs Academic and Education Our goal is to promote and nurture entrepreneurship at the University of St Andrews and beyond.
Feminist Political and Campaigning Promoting feminist causes in St Andrews, nationally, and internationally.
Filipino Cultural Connecting Filipinos and sharing the culture with anyone interested.
Film Arts, Media and Music We get together weekly to watch films and socialise. Join us at a screening or pub night!
Filmmakers Arts, Media and Music We provide opportunities for students to learn new skills and refine their techniques in the art of filmmaking.
Fine Food and Dining Food and Drink We love food and want everyone to experience the best cuisine St Andrews has to offer.
Folk and Traditional Music Arts, Media and Music Dedicated to playing and promoting folk and traditional music in and around St Andrews.
For Her Project Charitable The ForHer project works to raise funds for women's education in areas of the world where it is typically less accessible, due to cultural traditions, prejudices, or financial need.
Foraging and Bushcraft Activity and Recreation Society description could not be loaded at this time
Foreign Affairs Academic and Education A dynamic organisation which aims to encourage the discussion of international politics.
French Cultural Our aim is to promote and share with you the language, arts, literature, theatre, cuisine, and culture of France with regular events throughout the year.
Friends of MSF Charitable Supporting Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF/Doctors Without Borders), who provide medical aid where it's needed most.
Frog Fan and Geek Ribbit! Hop on over to a safe space of frog filled fun ranging from froggy conservation to Kermit the Frog listening parties. We're also the Best New Society 2020/21!
Gaming Fan and Geek We are an active society, meeting regularly to both play and discuss a variety of video games, some non-gaming specific events, and competitive gaming in university esports leagues.
Geography Academic and Education Fun social and academic events that provide you with opportunities to meet other geographers.
Geological Academic and Education A great way to meet students in different year groups, from environmental scientists to geologists.
Gilbert and Sullivan Arts, Media and Music Do you love the performing arts? Imagine the halfway point between musical theatre and opera and you've got the idea!
Guide Dog Charitable Charitable society working closely with the local Fife branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
High Society Fan and Geek Society description could not be loaded at this time
Hindu-Jain-Sikh Faith You do not have to be religious or identify with any of these religious to join us!
Hispanic Cultural Celebrating Hispanic culture and sharing our love of the Spanish language.
History Academic and Education The oldest and largest arts academic society. Our events give a voice to History students and allow them to engage with the world of academia.
Hong Kong Cultural Connecting the St Andrews community with Hong Kong's culture and history.
Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Services Political and Campaigning Dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging student discussion over public issues in Hong Kong.
Horror Fan and Geek For all things horror.
Horse Racing Affiliating Society description could not be loaded at this time
Hummus Food and Drink Feeling hungry, stressed, want a chat? Join Hummus and Snacking Society where we eat, chill, and learn to cook the best snacks.
Inklight (Creative Writing) Arts, Media and Music We are Inklight, the Creative Writing Society! We welcome poets, prose writers, scriptwriters, and anything in between.
Investment Academic and Education The largest student-run investment fund in St Andrews.
Irish Cultural Promoting the culture of both Ireland and Northern Ireland, and helping to connect Irish students.
Italian Cultural Promoting Italian culture, language, and food.
Japan Cultural Looking to learn more about or re-experience Japanese culture, but don't know where to start? Then you're at the right place!
JazzWorks Arts, Media and Music Jazz and jams.
Jewish Faith Fostering a Jewish Community at the University. Open to all.
Journalism Network Arts, Media and Music A network for students interested in journalism
Just So Arts, Media and Music St Andrews' Musical Theatre Society!
Knitting Activity and Recreation We meet up regularly to knit together in coffee shops and have other social events with and without our knitting! Crocheters also welcome.
Korean Cultural Representing K-pop, food, and language of Korea.
Labour Political and Campaigning We strive to encourage and share our Labour values throughout our university; to create a fairer and more socially just campus; to participate in, campaign for and shape the National Labour Party.
Latin American and Reggaeton Cultural Promoting the different cultures of all Latin American countries.
Law Academic and Education A platform for all students to discover more about US and UK law, directly from international commercial firms and top US law schools.
Liberal Democrats Political and Campaigning A pro-EU, pro-UK society representing the Liberal Democrats.
Linen and Lace Activity and Recreation Society description could not be loaded at this time
Mackenzie General Practice Academic and Education Aiming to promote the importance of general practice within the medical community.
Madrigal Group Arts, Media and Music Unaccompanied SATB choir who sing a range of music including madrigals, folk songs, and contemporary choral music.
Magazine Society Affiliating Society description could not be loaded at this time
Malaysian Cultural We deliver the Malaysian experience to our members by doing our best to showcase Malaysian hospitality within St Andrews
Management Academic and Education Management!
Marine Academic and Education Connecting as many students as possible, from all backgrounds, with the oceans that surround us.
Marrow Charitable Raising awareness and funds for Anthony Nolan, a charity which aims to match people around the country to those who require bone marrow transplants.
Mary's Meals Charitable Raising money for Mary's Meals, a charity aiming to reduce child hunger throughout the world.
Mathematical (SUMS) Academic and Education SUMS is the best way for you to indulge in a little bit of maths and make some friends along the way.
Medical Ethics Academic and Education Society description could not be loaded at this time
Mindfulness Activity and Recreation Mindfulness sessions in order to cultivate greater levels of well-being amongst students, staff, and community members.
Model United Nations Political and Campaigning Debating and simulation society for any student to discuss topics from Brexit to Star Wars.
Motorsports Activity and Recreation Society description could not be loaded at this time
Music Arts, Media and Music One of the University’s oldest and largest societies, providing six student-run ensembles, regular concerts and social events.
Muslim/Islamic (STAMSA) Faith STAMSA meets regularly for prayer and social events, and is committed to charitable fundraising throughout the academic year.
Neuroscience Academic and Education Furthering interest in neuroscience, both academic and casually.
Nutritank Academic and Education We are a branch of a national organisation promoting the need for greater nutrition and lifestyle medicine education. Join us for good food, sunrise swims and fascinating speakers! Open to all :)
Oncology Academic and Education Society description could not be loaded at this time
One for the World Charitable Our mission is to eradicate extreme poverty, by asking students to give 1% of their post-graduation income to charity.
Opera Arts, Media and Music For the performance, production, and appreciation of opera.
Our Choice Political and Campaigning Our Choice aims to raise funds for thousands of people who are unable to access abortion facilities and to raise awareness of their plight.
Paranormal Fan and Geek Spreading love for all things paranormal.
Persian Cultural Interested in immersion and spreading Persian culture, art, music, food, and more.
Philosophy Academic and Education The Philosophy Society hosts weekly talks from leading academic philosophers, as well as discussion groups and social events throughout the year.
Photography Arts, Media and Music Photography for all, no matter your ability.
Physics Academic and Education Promoting the understanding and enjoyment of physics.
Pokemon Fan and Geek Society description could not be loaded at this time
Poker Activity and Recreation Weekly poker tournaments.
Polish Cultural Promoting Polish culture and bringing together those interested in Poland.
Pool and Cue Sports Activity and Recreation The go-to society for pool and cue sports.
Populus Student Community Reducing feelings of loneliness by holding icebreakers and other events all year round, encouraging good times, good fun, and good friends.
Pre Med Academic and Education Helping students who want to study Postgraduate Medicine understand the process of applying.
Project Anime Fan and Geek We are a society based around the enjoyment of anime and related media.
Protocol Magazine Arts, Media and Music Student human rights magazine.
Psychiatry Academic and Education Society description could not be loaded at this time
Psychology and Neuroscience Academic and Education Bringing together, entertaining, and supporting all those interested in Psychology and Neuroscience.
Quidditch and Harry Potter Fan and Geek For the appreciation of Harry Potter and the sport of quidditch.
Rap and Hip Hop Arts, Media and Music Uniting lovers of the most popular music genre in the world.
Refugee Action Charitable Our society began as a response to the plight of refugees and migrants in the UK and across Europe.
Rock Arts, Media and Music Welcome to the RockSoc family! It’s great to have you here.
Russian Cultural Dedicated to promoting and celebrating Russian culture, history, music, and cuisine in Fife.
SaIntelligence Academic and Education A society for everyone interested in Machine Learning at the University of St Andrews and beyond! We host projects, talks, mini-conferences, competitions, and workshops!
Salsa and Bachata Dancing Activity and Recreation Salsa and Bachata dance.
Sanskriti-South Asian Cultural Bringing South Asian Culture to the bubble.
Save the Children Charitable Fundraising for the international children's charity, Save the Children.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan and Geek Sharing and discussing works of science fiction and fantasy.
Sexpression Charitable Providing accessible and inclusive sex education to local schools and youth groups.
Shire of Caer Caledon Activity and Recreation Medieval re-enactment society: home of fighting, feasts, and fun.
Singapore Cultural Congregation of people with even the slightest bit of Singaporean in their blood.
Sport and Exercise Medicine Academic and Education Society description could not be loaded at this time
Springboks (South African) Cultural We host cultural, social and political events for anyone interested in South Africa, whether South African or not.
St Candrews Charitable Society description could not be loaded at this time
St Mary's College Student Community For Divinity students, offering various college events, charity events, and our annual ball.
STAAG Activity and Recreation Promoting outdoor experiences through trips in Scotland and around the world.
Students for Global Health Charitable Tackling local and global health inequalities through education, advocacy, and community social action.
Students for Independence Political and Campaigning Pro-independence and pro-European society, hosting a variety of events regarding Scottish politics, culture, and history.
Students For Life Political and Campaigning Affirming and celebrating the dignity of life, from conception until natural end.
Surgical Academic and Education Offering students surgical workshops, talks, and our yearly National Conference.
Sustainable Development Academic and Education Learn about sustainable development and discuss inclusive solutions to global issues!
Swing Dance Activity and Recreation An inclusive community for swing dancers of all levels, with weekly classes, practice sessions, and socials.
Taste of Asia Food and Drink Showcasing the biggest Asian food and culture events in St Andrews.
Tea Food and Drink Sharing happiness and celebrating different cultures, creating a sense of community over a cuppa.
Teddy Bear Hospital Charitable Volunteer society promoting health education to primary kids.
Thai Cultural Providing the best experience for both Thais and non-Thai students who want to join us.
The 93% Club Political and Campaigning Serious about social mobility. Dedicated to upskilling, connecting and empowering the state school students of St Andrews.
Uni Fitness Activity and Recreation A society whose goal is to help people pursue their fitness goals
UNICEF Charitable Fundraising for Unicef and raising awareness about the causes and efforts that Unicef supports internationally.
United Nations Association Political and Campaigning Promoting civil society engagement in our community with the work of the UN.
VegSoc Food and Drink Society description could not be loaded at this time
Welsh Cultural Connecting welsh people who are struggling with homesickness, missing a welshcake, or are just trying to find a mate to watch the Wales game with.
Wilderness Medicine Academic and Education Increasing the awareness of medicine outside the hospital or primary care setting, particularly in a wilderness environment.
Wildlife and Conservation Political and Campaigning A group of like-minded people who enjoy watching wildlife and learning about how to improve biodiversity through conservation.
Women for Women International Charitable Supporting and fundraising for Women for Women International through social and collaborative events.
Women in Computer Science Academic and Education Supporting and encouraging women in technology.
Yoga Activity and Recreation Community yoga program for St Andrews students, running weekly yoga and meditation classes, plus workshops and events.
Sexual Health
Sexual health is always important and that's why we have a number of different groups ready to give you support.

Wellbeing Committee

The wellbeing committee focus their effort efforts around mental health, sexual health, personal safety, and alcohol consumption, as well as Raisin Weekend, May Dip, and other University traditions. They work with Student Services, Nightline, Sexpression, and the Disabled Students Network to make sure they provide the best support. They also manage the Support Hub on yourunion.net

You can find out more about their advice around sexual health on the Sexual Health Support page on the Your Union site.

Sexpression

Sexpressions are a student society that aims to provide accessible and inclusive sex education to local schools and youth groups and are one branch of an independent, near-peer UK-wide charity.

You can find out more about them and the work that they do on the Sexpression Society page. They have also produced a Sexual Health During COVID-19 document to give students the latest advice.

Got Consent

Got Consent is a student led initiative aiming to raise awareness of sexual misconduct, educate students in bystander intervention and support survivors. You can find out more on their facebook page GotConsentStAs

Before engaging in sexual activity with another person, you must ask them whether they would like to engage in this activity, i.e. have their consent. The absence of a "yes" is always a "no". Consent must be enthusiastically and freely given: coercing or pressuring someone to engage in sexual activity is assault. Learn more: Cycling Through Consent

 

You must check consent before each and every sexual act.

  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time before or during sexual activity.
  • Consent cannot be given when someone is drunk, unconscious, or in any state which would make them unable to give meaningful consent to sexual activity.
  • Consent to one form of sexual activity (e.g. kissing) does not mean that consent has been given to any other sexual act.
  • Consent cannot be assumed based on previous sexual activity with an individual.
  • Consent cannot be assumed based on the parties’ relationship status.
  • If someone consents to sexual activity on the condition that a condom is used, covertly removing the condom during sex is assault.

 

Safety and Wellbeing

Wellbeing and support are incredibly important, especially during Freshers

St Andrews has a lot of support to offer so check out the sections below to find out a little bit more about whats available

Nightline

Nightline is a student-run confidential, anonymous listening and information service at the University of St Andrews. Our dedicated volunteers have been providing this service for over forty years. Our aim is to provide a safe space for students to speak about whatever might be on their mind in a non-directive, judgment-free environment

St Andrews Nightline is affiliated with Nightline AssociationNightline, and our service has consistently shown to be of high standards

You can contact nightline by phone, instant message and email. To find out more and the most up to date contact information, visit their website: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/nightline

Student Services

Life at University can be challenging, with ups and downs, and there may be times when you want professional support to resolve difficulties you encounter. Our counselling and wellbeing services work to help you access the assistance you need to have a well-balanced life. The team includes life and wellbeing advisers, counsellors and a mental health coordinator

Student Services recognise that different people have different needs, which is why they use a matched care approach. This seeks to not only match your needs to the most appropriate support for you, but also to improve access to mental health and wellbeing support by offering a dynamic, student-centred approach

Students can find out more about counselling and wellbeing services and other forms of personal support available

Mental Health

Below is some more information about specific concerns. To find out more, check out our main page on the union site Mental Health

Self-harm

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with difficult feelings, painful memories, or overwhelming situations and experiences. There are multiple reasons why people may self-harm.

Eating difficulties and body image

Body image is the subjective sense we have of our appearance and our body. Unlike what others see when they look at us, our body image is often different from the objective size and shape of our body. It is common for people to feel dissatisfied with their body image, and this can affect one's self worth. In some cases, this can lead to mental health issues including a difficult relationship with food and eating. (National Centre for Eating Disorders, 2018)

Resources

Here are some general resources if you are need of support. You can always reach out to any of the services above as well.

Social Media

Browse through the pages below to find the ones relevant to you.

black facebook logo DRA/FP Residents https://www.facebook.com/groups/drafp/
black facebook logo University and Whitehorn Hall Residents https://www.facebook.com/groups/1621598918204985/
black facebook logo Your Union Events https://www.facebook.com/yourunionevents
black facebook logo St Andrews Students' Association https://www.facebook.com/standrewsunion
black facebook logo St Andrews Freshers 2021 https://www.facebook.com/stafreshers2021
black facebook logo Class of 2025 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1177782932674395
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black whatsapp logo St Andrews Students WhatsApp https://chat.whatsapp.com/LZoWzls1SU715ur5Qjo4Mx
This year there is one main group chat for St Andrews Students. There may be individual chats for each subject but please refer to this chat for more information. You can join by using the invite link above
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Freshers is getting a new look. For the first ever year, the heart of Freshers is moving to North Haugh on our brand new, custom built site, just to give you the best experience possible. Split across 4 sites in total, this Freshers is sure to be a great one
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Freshers' Guide

This guide tells you how to find out about all the great events we’ll be hosting during Freshers’ Week (Sat 4th – Sun 12th September), how we can help, how to find us and much more.

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Individual Tickets

EVENTS

Freshers lineup coming soon! Keep an eye on our social media and check back soon for your events. You can also keep up to date with the Orientation App on Apple and Android.

ALL EVENTS

SAT 4th

SUN 5th

MON 6th

TUES 7th

WED 8th

THUR 9th

FRI 10th

SAT 11th

SUN 12th

Your Union Events

 

Society Events

 

GET INVOLVED

There's more to Freshers than just the events! Make sure you check out our links below to see how to get involved with all aspects of Freshers including our societies, subcommittees and classes.

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Social Media and Pages
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Societies
Two students, one wearing a yellow Race2 beanie hat and a yellow thumbs up hand, one girl in a black coat stand in front of two banners, one for Race2 Charity Hitchhike (yellow) and the other the University of St Andrews Charities Campaign (cyan)
Subcommittees
Info, Organising and Volunteering
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Run for Class Rep

GET SUPPORT

 

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Safety and Wellbeing
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Sexual Health

BEFORE ARRIVING

Even before you get to sunny St Andrews, there's a lot to know and a lot to do. Check out the info below to learn more!

Make sure you check out the Universities COVID Pre-Arrival Information: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/coronavirus/pre-arrival-2021-2022/

ACADEMIC FAMILIES

Academic families form a big part of the freshers experience and part of your time at St Andrews. This is a tradition where older students (usually third years and beyond) adopt first year students as their children. Its a great chance to meet new people and start to form connections at uni.

The true academic family experience culminates on Raisin Sunday where children spend the morning at their mothers playing games, doing challenges and having fun. Then off to the fathers in the afternoon for more of the same leading into Raisin Monday where children are given a costume, a raisin receipt and begin the march to Quad for the world famous shaving foam fight.

6 people covered in blue paint taking part in a shaving foam fight, black clothes splattered in foam amongst a crowd of equally covered prople.

Throughout Freshers you'll get many chances to find academic parents at all our events, through societies and clubs or through our dedicated Academic Family Finding events (hosted by STAR). Check out our event calendar to keep up to date with opportunities and find your new family.

ORIENTATION APP

The University has put together an orientation app which contains all the information you need about orientation events. This includes induction essentials, details on matriculation, society give-it-a-go sessions and more. It can also manage your calendar and notify you before events. So don't miss out on important information and get the app!

WHAT TO BRING

 
Clothing
St Andrews has famously changeable weather ranging from 10-20 in summer and 0-10 in winter. Waterproof jackets and shoes are a must, but its not all doom and gloom! Most of the time the time the weather is comfortable so pack for comfort.
 
Bedding
If you're living in halls bedding is essential as its not provided. You can buy bedding packs from the university or from retailers in town. If you're in private accomodation, check with your landlord but you will likely need to provide your own.
 
Decoration
Make your room your own and decorate! Different halls have different rules (so check before you arrive) but you should at least have a pinboard to hang photos and decorations. If you're bringing electronics, they'll need to pass a PAT test in halls but decorate to your hearts content (within the rules!)
 
Toiletries
While you can buy everything you need in St Andrews, keep in mind that everyone else might have the same idea! Make sure to pack a little bit just in case they sell out

YOYO

Yoyo is a quick and easy way to pay in the Union while getting rewards. For every purchase made with Yoyo, you will receive reward points that can be redeemed for products in the union. The app works across all our locations: Beacon Bar, Sandy's, Main Bar, Rectors, 601 and The Old Union Coffee Shop. All you have to do is register your card and any time you want to pay, just open the app and scan the bar code. This saves you precious time and you can get back to the party as quickly as possible.

TOP TIPS

We've pestered and probed our sabbatical offers to get you their top tips for the best St Andrews Freshers Week experience, read on to see what they suggest!

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Leonie - DoEd
One of the best ways to get involved in student representation right at the start of your academic career is to run to become a Class Representative for one of your modules during Week 1 of Semester 1! You'll get the opportunity to meet key staff in your School, get to know your classmates and School President, and build professional skills without too much pressure
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Anna-Ruth - DoWell
Don’t worry about trying out a few different activities! There is loads to do (from sports to radio and from debating to board games) and most societies and subcommittees offer free Give-It-A-Go sessions in Freshers Week and the weeks after.
Photo taken against the backdrop of St Salvadors Quad, Leonie Malin, dressed in black and red checked coat
Leonie - DoEd
There are so many support resources available to you throughout your time as a St Andrews student! Don't hesitate to have a look at courses, workshops, and sessions offered by your School, by CEED, or by the Careers Centre early on
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Anna-Ruth
There’s no problem with taking time out in Freshers Week. It can be tempting to want to pack everything into one week, drink every night, and leave no time for rest. Events and societies happen all year – so don’t worry about taking a break and saving some things for later in the semester!
Photo taken against the backdrop of St Salvadors Quad, Jess Smith, dressed in a jumper horizontally split between red and white with a black stripe dividing the two
Jess - AU Pres
Go to lots of the free Give It A Go sessions which sports clubs host in freshers. They are a great opportunity to try something new, meet lots of people, and see if a particular sport is your thing (even if you've never heard about it before)!
Photo taken against the backdrop of St Salvadors Quad, Jess Smith, dressed in a jumper horizontally split between red and white with a black stripe dividing the two
Jess - AU Pres
If you're nervous about meeting new people, ask them about what they're interested in. That way, they'll be talking about what they're most passionate about, making the environment more relaxed, and you can find out if you have any shared interests to build the conversation around

TRADITIONS

MAY DIP

Another famous tradition that many students choose to take part in is the May Dip, where you might find yourself plunging into a freezing North Sea at dawn on the first of May, which is said to promote good luck in exams. If you do not fancy a cold swim, you can always help by promising to look after your friends’ clothes on the beach!

RAISIN

This ‘mentoring’ culminates in Raisin Weekend, when children are entertained by their parents and are encouraged to play pranks and silly games. On Raisin Monday, the children dress in embarrassing, flamboyant costumes, are given strange objects with a traditional Latin inscription, and are let loose on Lower College lawn for an enormous shaving foam fight.

SOAKINGS

A final tradition occurs after many students’ final undergraduate exam when their friends will meet them as they leave the location of their exam to shower them with cold water. This invigorating tradition is a great way to celebrate completing your final undergraduate examination period!

GOWNS

Our most famous tradition is probably the red academic gown, which is usually worn at formal occasions – though you can choose to wear it all of the time if you like.

ACADEMIC FAMILIES

St Andrews is also home to a large number of academic families – a tradition where older students adopt first year students as ‘children’ and help guide them in a system of mentoring. This is a fantastic way for first year students to meet new people, and many of the friendships that begin as part of the academic family tradition continue throughout a student’s time at the University and beyond.
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YOUR UNION

We are here solely for students of the University of St Andrews. We exist to make the student experience as strong as it can be, to provide services for students, and to represent student views to the University and beyond. We are a charity registered in Scotland and we are mostly volunteers, from members of the SRC and SAF to Ents Crew, all the society committee members to the Trustees of our Board.

Explore our interactive map below to find out a bit more about the union and what we can offer

Find out more at yourunion.net