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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Academic Families


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

  • Raisin is just like any other day, remember to drink plenty of water and eat.
  • Stay with others.
  • Avoid going to unknown areas.



  • You can enjoy Raisin without drinking!
  • You do not have to do everything that your academic parents tell you to do.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no! You are in control of knowing your limits. Do not be afraid to tell people when you have had enough.


May Dip


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.



  • Take care of the beach and pick up after yourself. Leaving rubbish is hazardous to the students, residents, and animals of St Andrews.
  • Make sure all bonfires are extinguished before heading home.



  • Leave rubbish.
  • Use fireworks.


Be Responsible

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Don’t show anti-social behaviour.
  • Stay with a buddy.
  • Stay warm and layer up.


Be Mindful

  • Most of the residents will be asleep so try to keep noise to a minimum.
  • Speakers of any kind are prohibited to be brought onto East Sands.


Final Exam Soakings


What are soakings?

Soakings are celebrated for final year students after their last exam in the Candlemas semester.



  • Remember to pick up after yourself.
  • Only use water (sparkling water is fine!)
  • Stick to University property.
  • Carry your Matriculation Card at all times.
  • Glitter is not encouraged as it is a hazard to the environment.


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.



Tips Relevant to All Three Traditions

  • Pick up after yourself.
  • Don’t bring valuables.
  • Stay warm.
  • Be respectful to residents of the town and try to keep noise at a minimum.
  • Campaigns are usually run each year from different groups in the Studnet Association, so watch out for these.
  • There are usually other events that take place during the same time for those students who do not wish to take part in these traditions.