Advantages Loads - but principally the great support network
Disadvantages small, full of "rich kids" so take your pashmina's
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I ended up at St Andrews thanks to clearing - a very unpleasant and soul destroying procedure. I had originally written it off my list of places to go as it is so remote and small.The town has 3 main streets. There are plenty of pubs, no clubs and about 3 clothes shops that anyone of usual univeristy age would ever consider buying anything from.
It is one hour north of Edinburgh by train, but has no station (so get off at Leuchars and take the 15 minute bus ride). It is entirely surronded by nothingness.However, I have already spent three years there and will be very sad to leave. The courses vary in standard in my opinion, as do the schools. But, you'll recieve a good rounded education as in first and second year you have to study subjects other than your "major".
Tutors are (generally) there to help and happy to do so. The academic standard is very high.But, you can read most of this in the other opinions. What I want to tell you about is the student support available.
St Andrews has an outstanding team of people working on student support. Any problems - someone is there to help. Although this service is difficult to publicise, it works very well. As a student, you run into all sorts of problems and it is excellent that not only is St Andrews a very good university in the academic sense, but there is an infrastructure there to catch you should you fall and to sort you out so that you can get the degree you deserve.Sure, after three years there are masses of things about St Andrews that drive me mad, but I really would recommend this place to you. It's a small, tightly knit community (I know, that's not always a good thing. Be warned - if you do something wrong, everyone will know about it - take it from someone who knows!) - you're bound to dislike plenty of people (the posh dislike and non-posh and vice versa) but you'll have a great time!
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