Before you depart

If you are getting ready to start your studies at St Andrews, this section offers advice, support and guidance for new students.

The University’s Halls of Residence will open at 10am on Saturday 9 September. See your hall of residence for more information. Orientation events and activities will begin on 9 September and continue until the following weekend and can be viewed in the Orientation App or on the Orientation Events website.

We are aware that international students in some countries are experiencing significant delays in their Tier 4 visa processing time. If you are affected by these delays and are concerned that you may not arrive in St Andrews in time for Orientation Week please get in touch with us on and we will be able to provide support, information and advice to assist you in this situation.

The MenACWY vaccine: get it before you come!

Students coming to University for the first time, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25, should contact their healthcare professional to have the MenACWY vaccine before arriving in St Andrews.

See Register with a doctor for more information.