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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.
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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!)
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 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
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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)!
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
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