As St. Andrews is a small town the students have become very good at making their own fun. One of the best ways to meet people, have fun, and really get a feel of what it’s like to be a local student, is to join a couple of student societies.
Whether you like Dr Who, tennis, board games, hill walking, Jesus, golf, music, or if you appreciate people named Tom, there is a student society for you at St Andrews!
In your first week they’ll have either Freshers Fayre (for the September to December semester) or Refreshers Fayre (for January to May). This is where all of the societies advertise and take sign-ups. Usually membership is around £3 and you’ll get free or discounted access to all of their events throughout the year!
I joined the St. Andrews Radio Station (society) at the Refreshers Fayre on a complete whim and ended up with my own weekly radio show! Chill jams for school and exams was mondays at 9pm for the whole semester. I highly recommend listening to the station whether you go to St Andrews or not. www.standrewsradio.com . Also a subtle self promo. The recordings of my show are available on soundcloud! Through the station I met so many fun, like-minded people. It was also great for meeting non-first year students. Living in halls was great but the fresher energy can be a little exhausting. Having the show every week also gave me something to do other than study and binge-watch Netflix.
The other society that I joined was music society! I think this was the best decision I made the whole time I was there! I was able to join two orchestra that are run by the society, meet some really cool people, and play my viola which all really helped maintain a nice study/life balance.
The great thing about a lot of societies is that you don’t need to be a member to go to their events/concerts/games etc. I loved going to jazz bar at main bar (one of the student bars in the union) on thursday nights, which was put on by the jazz society. Everyone was welcome to join in and have a jam.
I can’t say I’m much of an expert on sport at St. Andrews but from what I saw, they have a huge fancy sports center and offer pretty much every sport you can think of. Including shinty! Which is like Scottish hockey but a bit more insane.
Again, I hope I’ve covered everything but if not feel free to ask me any questions you may have.