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Andrew Melville Hall

North Haugh, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SU

Capacity: 277

Category: Medium sized catered hall

Hall description

AMH is a fantastic, social, vibrant and successful hall situated on the western fringes of St Andrews. It is a ten minute walk from the town centre, a five minute walk from the glorious west sands beach and the many golf courses, two minutes from the University Sports Centre and is located on the North Haugh Campus.

AMH prides itself on relations between an excellent Hall Committee, Residential Management team and Wardennial team. We are an inclusive Hall where the student has a voice and, whilst perhaps not the most attractive or historic of our Halls of Residence, it is the only one that is a Grade A listed building!

AMH is semi-rural in situation, has a tremendous Hall Spirit and is successful in sport, social as well as charitable activity. The Hall is increasingly popular with those students seeking to return to Hall for 2nd, 3rd or final year and it is a Hall that has helped create many lifelong friendships and bonds! AMH has also featured in the recent Keira Knightley film ‘Never let me go’.

Hall history

Designed in the New Brutalist style by the renowned architect James Stirling, the award winning Andrew Melville Hall was built during a major expansion of the University in the 1960s. It is of a striking design and is situated prominently at the North Haugh on a ridge overlooking the St Andrews Links. The hall resembles passing ships, a common theme of the architect's style and has become an important architectural landmark. It was included in DoCoMoMo's 1993 list of Key Scottish Monuments and was ranked number 12 in the top 100 Scottish buildings of the last 50 years. Every room looks out over surrounding parkland, inhabited by a large number of wild rabbits, deer and other wildlife as well as toward the renowned West Sands beach. Each block is divided up into a number of floors accessed through a central stairwell from the ground floor concourse. Typically each floor consists of sixteen study-bedrooms arranged in two groups of eight on either side of the stairwell, a number of showers and bathrooms. The buildings' striking geometry is reflected in the irregular octagonal shape of the bedrooms. Blocks A, D and E have glass enclosures similar in shape to a garden greenhouse atop them so as to provide natural light to their stairwells. This has led to the top floor of block A being called "the greenhouse"

Hall colours

Navy Blue and Yellow

Hall Wardennial Team

Warden: Stephen Stewart

Assistant Wardens:3

Residential services

Residential Services Managers: Evelyn Parker

 Hall Information

Emergency Contact (Duty Hours):
+44 07966065775



Hall Reception

Opening Hours:

+44 (0) 1334 46 7076


  • Laundry room
  • 3 Common rooms
  • 3 Kitchens
  • 2 reading rooms
  • 1 Library
  • 1 Computer room