Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why St Andrews?

Saint Andrews in Scotland is a unique place to spend your student years. Nestled on the east coast in the Kingdom of Fife, students of the University may find themselves crossing golf-courses on their way to class, or jogging along the beach after dinner. Not only does the University of St Andrews have a a reputation as one of the world's leading academic institutions, however.


In addition to a wide array of classes, St Andrews boasts a diverse range of social activities, including over 140 student societies and 50 sports clubs. Historic buildings are juxtaposed against the modern facilities, and the many student traditions truly make studying at St Andrews an unforgettable experience. Interested in learning more? Meet with St Andrews Alumni in Berlin and understand just why this little town by the sea is such a captivating place.

2. What to do in St Andrews?

The city of St Andrews is known to be the home of golf sport, the University of St Andrews, and with it thousands of international students from around the globe. It is also a beautiful seaside resort with clean beaches, Michelin-star restaurants and numerous independent shops. To be sure: For a city on the East coast of Fife, St Andrews has more to offer than what students might initially expect to find.

Having lived and studied in St Andrews for one or more years, members of the University's Alumni Club in Berlin know there's an endless list of things to see and do here.

1. East Sands Beach


Order yourself some Fish and Chips from the Tail End Fish Bar on Market Street. From there, pass by University buildings and the golf course to finally reach West Sands beach. With a prestigious Blue Flag Award, it is considered to be an extremely clean beach. Join horse riders and power-kiters, and revel in the natural beauty that is Scotland's most popular surfing beach.

2. St Salvator Chapel

St Salvator’s Chapel is found in St Salvator’s College. One of the oldest surviving colleges of the University of St Andrews, St Salvator’s College is most recently famous for being the home of Prince William in his first year of study in St Andrews.The chapel has many other claims to fame. Catholic forces used St Salvator’s Chapel tower to fire upon St Andrews Castle to reclaim it from Protestant control during the Scottish Reformation.

3. Edinburgh Day Trip

St Andrews is just slightly over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh so a trip to St Andrews can always be worked into a trip to Edinburgh (the train is also about an hour and the bus about 2 hours).

3. How old is St Andrews?

The founding of the present town was heralded in 1140 by Bishop Robert at St Andrews Castle. According to a charter of 1170, the new burgh was built to the west of the Cathedral precinct, along Castle Street and possibly as far as what is now known as North Street. St Andrews soon became the most important centre of pilgrimage in medieval Scotland and one of the most important in Europe. 

4. What is St Andrew's day?

Saint Andrew's Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. St Andrew's day is celebrated between November 30th November and December 3rd. It is Scotland's official national day.

5. Why and how did St Andrew die?

It is believed that Saint Andrew died by crucifixion in Patras, Achaea. Early texts suggest Andrew was bound to a Latin cross, now commonly known as a "Saint Andrew's Cross". 

6. What is St Andrew the patron saint of?

Andrew is the patron saint of several countries and cities including Romania, Scotland, Ukraine, and Patras in Greece. He was also the patron saint of Prussia and of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

7. How old is the St Andrews golf course?

The golf course in Saint Andrews is often said to be the official home of golf due to the sport having been first played here in the early 15th century. Golf was becoming popular in Scotland until in 1457, when James II of Scotland banned golf because he felt that young men were playing too much golf instead of practising their archery. This ban, however, was soon upheld when King James IV himself became a passionate  golfer.