Like many Universities, St Andrews is home to many rich and unique traditions. Here are some tips on how to survive these traditions and make sure you aren't having a negative impact on your community.
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It is traditional for third-year students to “adopt” freshers starting at the beginning of the school year. Academic families usually gather on Raisin weekend for games and celebration.
What is Raisin?
Raisin is celebrated on Sunday 21 October and Monday 22 October. Raisin Sunday is reserved for academic parents to host celebrations all day. The largest foam fight in the world takes place at Lower College Lawn on Raisin Monday at 11 am. Most students will often wear costumes dressed by their academic parents to the foam fight.
Tips and Safety
What is May Dip?
May Dip is a tradition where students run into the North Sea during sunrise on the first day of May. Due to safety reasons, students are allowed to participate only on East Sands. Many students host celebrations throughout the night.
What are soakings?
Soakings are celebrated for final year students after their last exam in the Candlemas semester.
If you are found to be soiling the beach, the water, or leaving piles of rubbish around the town, the University and Students’ Association can take disciplinary action.