settling in

Settling In


Settling in at University can be a difficult process, and it might be much more challenging than you expected it to be. That's okay! The University and Union offer many resources to help you acclimate to life at University, and get a little extra help if you need it.


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St Andrews Resources

  • The Peer Support Network is a one-to-one meet-up service open to any student looking for a little extra company and support during their time at St Andrews. The Network is made up of student volunteers trained in listening skills. They are available for a coffee and a chat, or to accompany students to events or society activities if they don't want to turn up alone. Meet-ups are commonly once a week for an hour or so, but can be tailored to your individual circumstances. If you want to be matched with a peer, send an email to peersupport@
  • If you live in halls, your assistant wardens are there to offer support and help you access University resources. You can drop in during office hours to speak to the warden on duty and talk about options to help with settling in.
  • If you'd like to speak to another student anonymously, Nightline offers confidential and non-directive support via telephone (01334 46 2266), IM and email ( every night.
  • Student Services - 01334 462020, book online, email, or stop by the ASC. Acting as the first port of call for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, Student Services offers a range of services and can be approached with any question, concern, worry or suggestion. The “ASC” or Advice and Support Centre on North Street acts as the front door to Student Services, giving information on any student matter.



External Resources



Academic Families

Lots of incoming freshers worry about finding an academic family. Don't worry, there's lots of ways to meet potential parents! Give-it-a-go and freshers events run by societies and sports teams are great places to meet an academic family with common interests. Check out the Union's Freshers Week events lineup too- many people will be out adopting at these. The Students' Association Wellbeing Committee also holds academic family matching events during Freshers' Week and in the weeks running up to Raisin.



Drinking Alcohol

Drinking is common among University students in the UK. You might feel social pressure to participate, or to test your limits when it comes to alcohol. This can be especially relevant to international students from countries with higher drinking ages, or where drinking is not as common in the culture. Keep in mind that it's totally acceptable not to drink on nights out, especially if you're not comfortable with it, and you can have plenty of fun and enjoy Freshers' Week, nighttime events and St Andrews traditions such as Raisin and May Dip without drinking alcohol.

The Students' Association puts on many daytime events throughout the academic year that don't involve alcohol. These are put on by many of our societies and subcommittees, including the Union's Wellbeing Subcommittee which works to plan welcoming daytime events throughout the year that allow people to meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere.