David Russell Apartments

David Russell Apartments (DRA) offers modern, three-star self-catering apartments and unbeatable value. It is the perfect choice for families and groups looking for a base from which to explore the historic town of St Andrews, its award-winning beaches and its world-famous links courses.

Each apartment has five double bedrooms and can accommodate up to ten guests, including babies and small children.

For general residence enquiries email drareception@st-andrews.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1334 46 7100

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David Russell Apartments


Rates for 2024

Bookings are available from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 25 August 2024. 

Accommodation in this hall is available as part of the residential conference packages.

Holiday accommodation

Rates include VAT.

Self-catering flat

  • Three nights: £600
  • Four nights: £775
  • Five nights: £950
  • Six nights: £1100
  • Seven nights: £1225
  • Additional nights: £175 per night

Bed and breakfast

Rates include VAT and are per room, per night.

  • Single occupancy: £100
  • Double occupancy: £120

En suite bedroom with a double bed in a five-room flat, with your own access key to the flat and to your bedroom.

You can use a shared kitchen and diner area, which includes a fridge freezer, TV and dishwasher.

Towels and linen are supplied along with free Wi-Fi through BT Wi-Fi.

Please note different rates apply during the Ladies Open 2024 week.

Information before you arrive

  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • Check-out time: 10am 

If you need to check in early, and your room is ready, residence staff will do their best to accommodate you. Email drareception@st-andrews.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1334 46 7100 to ask about early check-in and late check-out. 

Each self-catering apartment includes: 

  • five bedrooms, each with a double bed (four feet six inches wide), individual climate control and an en suite shower room
  • a kitchen with a soft seating area, a breakfast bar with five stools, an oven, microwave, fridge freezer, TV and dishwasher 
  • basic cooking equipment, including pans, mixing bowl, casserole dish, crockery, glassware and cutlery for ten 
  • towels and bed linen 
  • iron and ironing board 
  • Wi-Fi via BT Wi-Fi

Each bed and breakfast room includes:

  • a double bed (four feet six inches wide)
  • an en suite shower room
  • a desk and study chair
  • tea and coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the residence
  • a full Scottish or continental breakfast

The following items are available to request from reception: 

  • Hairdryer 
  • Travel cots (please ask at the time of booking, and note that bed linen is not provided for cots)

DRA has a limited number of ground-floor flats and no lift access. Please phone +44 (0)1334 46 7100 before booking for advice. Free car parking spaces are available. 

Information about the accessibility of DRA is available on Accessibility Guides


David Russell Apartments
University of St Andrews
Buchanan Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9LY

Email: drareception@st-andrews.ac.uk 
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 7100


The staff and service was first class, everyone from reception, catering and the staff looking after the rooms. All were a credit to the University. I was proud to be Scottish and born and bred in St Andrews, although I left in 1966! 50 years ago.

Excellent for a stay for a large family group, everyone gets a room each and much more informal than a hotel.

The food was very good and the catering staff lovely.

Breakfast is self-service in the cafeteria, the choice is huge and the quality excellent.

Spacious rooms and apartment, kitchen equipment covered all requirements.

Comfortable and affordable accommodation.

Whatever a golfer needs was there.

The friendly staff, especially enjoyed the warm greeting from the staff at DRA canteen every day. Also appreciate the daily housekeeping team. Will definitely revisit DRA if I got a chance in the future.