People sit outside Old Union Coffee Shop, chatting around tables and drinking coffee.
Cafés

Our cafés welcome everyone in the St Andrews community. If you're a student wanting a study break, a local looking for a coffee, or a visitor looking for a pit stop between sightseeing adventures, we have what you need.


Cake and biscuits are sitting on the counter in Rector's Cafe.

Rector's Café

Rector's Cafe offers a welcoming and relaxed environment for students, staff, locals and tourists, right in the bustling heart of St Andrews.

You can enjoy soft drinks, a quality range of coffees, a pot of the finest leaf tea, or even a velvety hot chocolate. We also have a wide range of delicious food including sandwiches, paninis, wraps, pasta, salads and a large selection of cakes and biscuits.

Booking Rector's Café

Rector's can be booked for live music events, but not private events. See Book a space for more.


The Old Union Coffee Shop sign hangs on a tradition stone brick wall.

Old Union Coffee Shop

The Old Union Coffee Shop on North Street is only 5 minutes away from the Union. It offers great value for money, and every penny you spend goes towards supporting the Students' Association.

It sells a range of hot and cold food for breakfast and lunch, including wraps and paninis. It's a great place to stop by and have coffee and cake before lectures, or if you want to grab a takeaway sandwich whilst sightseeing.

There's an intimate atmosphere in the coffee shop, and the walls are dedicated to the history of St Andrews' Rectors.

The building used to be the Men's Union, with the Women's Union next door, at the site now occupied by the ASC. The two unions united in 1963, and moved to the current site on St Mary's Place in 1973.

Old Union Coffee Shop cannot be booked for private events.