Always bring a UK government issued ID (driving license or BRP card) or passport (not recommended) and matriculation card whenever you go out.  You may be required to provide ID when buying a drink if you look under the age of 25.

Rules of the Union

A matriculation card is required for entry into the Student Union at night. The union can take disciplinary action for certain actions in the union.

Night bus

A free night bus run 7 days a week starting from 10 pm to 2 am. The route starts from the library at 10 pm then proceeds to Albany Park, Lamond Drive and Largo Road, David Russell Apartments, Agnes Blackadder Hall, Student Union Building then returning to the Library on North Street. The night bus only operates during the school term.

More information and the timetable can be found here:


Drinking laws

The legal drinking age in Scotland is 18

It is illegal to drink alcohol or possess open containers in a public place. Breaking this law can result in a fine.


Drink Spiking

Drink spiking can happen to anyone at any time.

Don’t drink anything that has been left unattended and keep your drink with you at all times.



  1. Layer up and dress appropriately for the weather - it can change very quickly.
  2. Drink lots of water and eat throughout the night.
  3. Avoid unknown areas and always be with a friend.
  4. Keep away from situations that you do not feel comfortable with.
  5. Don't accept drinks from strangers.
  6. Plan how to get home at the end of the night.
  7. Make sure that someone knows where you are and what time you are expected home.
  8. Keep an eye on your friends to make sure they're okay.


Important points of contact

101 for non-emergencies or 999 for the main emergency number or 111 is the non-medical emergency number.

Remember to say no!

You know your limit best. Don’t be afraid to say no when you do not want to drink anymore. No one can force you to drink.





Going Out in St Andrews

Whether you are going to Opening Ball or FS, a society event or to the Union, going out within St Andrews can be fun in so many different ways. However, although living in this small town is so perfect for getting to and from a night out, it does mean that we need to be thoughtful of the entire community who live, study and work there. So here are a couple of do’s and don’ts to ensure you all have the most fun whilst ensuring that you do not disturb the surrounding community!



  • Be considerate, respectful and polite to all of the residents regardless of what time it is and what you are doing.
  • Keep noise down after the end of an event or a night out when getting food or walking around the town itself.
  • Look out for each other and ensure everyone is safe and having a good time.



  • Enter into events or places you have been denied or have not paid for.
  • Make any kind of mess or litter around the town or at an event.
  • Go onto private land or property.


Overall we hope you have some great times on any nights out and events throughout the year!