About the Community Relations Subcommittee

The Community Relations Officer is the primary point of contact at the Students' Association for local residents. As well as sitting on both the SRC and SSC, their role consists of being the representative for all students with regards to community matters. In order to fulfil this role, they sit on a number of local committees.

St Andrews is a small town that plays host to a large and diverse community. It is inevitable that issues of contention arise which are perpetuated by negative student stereotypes. The Community Relations group is here to aid in breaking down these stereotypes by ensuring that issues arise less frequently and are dealt with appropriately when they do. By aiming to have community-wide, rather than just student-wide initiatives, we hope to facilitate communication and interaction amongst all residents.

We aim to provide information to new students regarding road safety and settling into a new town. Additionally, it is important to inform returning students who are perhaps moving into private accommodation about the importance of being a respectful neighbour. Ensuring that student events such as Freshers’ Week, Raisin Weekend, and May Dip cause as little disruption to local residents as possible is another vital aspect of our role.

We work with societies and subcommittees to increase the number of activities carried out with the involvement of the local community.

Local committees

The Community Council is one of the most vocal local committees, which consists of twenty elected board members and the four Fife councillors. The Community Relations Officer and the Students' Association President sit on the council to ensure that students are fairly represented as members of the community. The meetings are monthly, at 7pm on the first Monday of the month, in the Burgh Chambers of St Andrews Town Hall.

The St Andrews Preservation Trust plays an important role within the local community. Since its foundation in 1937, it has pledged to preserve the buildings, character, and history of St Andrews for future generations. The Community Relations Officer is responsible for liaising with the Trust, and working together for the benefit of the town.

Past projects

We have previously campaigned on bike lights to ensure the safety of cyclists at night. Noise pollution at night had been of concern to local residents, therefore there was an initiative working with students and businesses to reduce noise after 9pm. The Community Relations subcommittee has worked with local shops to encourage students to buy locally.

In addition, we have worked with the Students' Association and SRC Accommodation Officer to prevent changes to HMO licenses affecting students in private flats. The St Andrews Day celebrations have also been a large part of our work over the past couple of years. This has been a great event to support, and to allow student groups to be involved in.

Contact

Tips

Cycling
  • By law, you must have white front and red rear lights on your bike at night. You can be fined if police find you without lights on your bike.
  • When cycling, wear a helmet and bright, reflective clothing.
  • It's illegal to cycle on the pavement.
  • Get a bike lock; bike theft is one of the most common crimes in St Andrews.
  • Remember that road rules that apply to cars also apply to bikes
Driving
  • If you bring a car to St Andrews, you will need a permit to park on University grounds, including halls. You can get one at portal.st-andrews.ac.uk/carparking.
  • Most parking is pay and display, so make sure you pay at the meter to avoid a ticket.
  • St Andrews can get very congested, so try to walk or cycle as much as possible, or carshare with others.
  • If you spot any issues on the roads, such as potholes, report them to Fife Council here.
Moving out
  • Donate to St And Reuse
  • Update your contact information and addresses.
  • Find a secure place to store your bike like Student Storage
  • Compare what the property looks like with pictures you took before you moved in.
  • Don’t use Big Space to store your things. They are banned from University grounds.
Nights out
  • You'll need ID to buy alcohol if you look under 25. The legal drinking age in Scotland is 18.
  • You'll need your matric card to get into the Union – but this can't be used as proof of age when buying alcohol. Non-students can be signed in to the Union for a small fee, if they are with a student.
  • It's illegal to drink alcohol in a public space in Scotland. Doing so can result in a fine.
  • A free night bus run 7 days a week during semester, from 10pm to 2am. The route goes from the Main Library at 10pm, then proceeds to Albany Park, Lamond Drive and Largo Road, David Russell Apartments, Agnes Blackadder Hall, Union, and back to the Main Library. Find more info here.
  • Drink spiking can happen to anyone at any time. Don’t drink anything that has been left unattended, and always keep your drink with you.
  • Emergency: 999. Police non-emergency: 101. NHS (medical) non-emergency: 111.
Travel
  • Buses: stagecoachbus.com/timetables
  • Trains: thetrainline.com
  • Taxis:
    • Golf City Taxis: 01334 477788
    • G&A St Andrews Taxis: 01334 871030
    • HM Taxis: 01334 474700
    • Williamson Taxis: 01334 476787
    • Independent Taxis: 01334 477777
    • Club cars: 01334 479900
    • St Andrews Taxis: 01334 477272