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The local area guide to living in St Andrews

St Andrews is the biggest town in East Fife and can be defined by two words: students and golf. Despite its rather remote location, it is one of Scotland’s most popular, not to mention prosperous, locations and is surrounded by some of the most stunning coastal scenery the UK has to offer.

The town was named after St. Andrew the Apostle (legend has it that his relics still lie somewhere nearby) and has been recognised as an important centre for religion and learning since medieval times. Learning still looms large in the town in the shape of St Andrews University, which is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is rated as the fourth best university in the UK. St Andrews is also allegedly the birthplace of golf and boasts The Old Course, one of the most well-known golf facilities in the world.

The actual town of St Andrews is a relatively small but lively town sitting fifty-five miles north of Edinburgh and overlooking the North Sea. The old town has kept its medieval ambience, and there is a picturesque harbour near the beautiful cathedral. The university owns many of the buildings in the town, rather than being situated on a campus, so the streets are often thronged with students, as well as golfers, tourists and locals.

Information about the local residents

At the last census the town had a population of around 16,500 and, thanks to its university, is a relatively young town with people aged 16 – 29 forming the largest part of the population, with over 35% of the population being comprised of this age group. The university is the biggest employer in the town but tourism is also an important route to employment within St Andrews and the surrounding area.

There is a higher percentage of foreign born dwellers and over 11% of the population are foreign born, whereas only 1% of the Scottish population were born outside of the UK. This can in large part be explained by the prominence of the university, its international prestige attracting people from around the world.

Nearby schools

As you might expect from a town with such a prestigious university, St Andrews has a high standard of schooling. There are two secondary schools in the area, St Leonard’s (a private school) and Madras College, both of which have very good reputations, and three primary schools. Further education is covered by the university, which boasts the highest student satisfaction among all multi-faculty universities in the UK.

Getting around

As previously mentioned, St Andrews is quite remote, but, thanks to its popularity with students and tourists, it has developed good transport links. The town itself doesn’t have a train station, but nearby Leuchars can be reached in 15 minutes by bus or car. There is a bus station in town which runs good services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and other parts of Fife. For international travel, both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are within reach in less than two hours.

Local shops

Shopping in St Andrews is based around four picturesque, cobbled streets: Bell Street, Church Street, South Street and Market Street. Here you will find an impressive selection of independent shops and boutiques (golf and fashion fans are particularly well catered for), as well as the usual high street names. If you love to eat, then you’ll be very well catered for as the town boasts more than 60 restaurants and cafes, and there are plenty of bars and pubs to choose from. For entertainment, there is a lively music scene, as you would expect from a town populated with students, as well as The Byre Theatre and the New Picture House cinema.

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