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David Russell Apartments and Fife Park

Buchanan Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LY

Category: Large hall, catered and self-catered places

Hall description

David Russell Apartments & Fife Park is the University’s largest and most diverse residence welcoming foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students from over eighty different countries. The Hall offers two types of accommodation: David Russell and Fife Park Apartments (self-contained apartments of five rooms with en-suite facilities). Amenities include a popular bar, seven-day per week catering in the Bistro, a cinema room, a music room, and an activities room equipped with a full-size projector for films and games consoles. The Hall Committee and the Wardennial Service host a wide variety of events ranging from postgraduate cocktail receptions, to ceilidhs, film nights, pub quizzes and the largest student-run Ball in St Andrews. DRAFP also has a very strong team spirit, winning the interhall sports trophy in 2012-2013.

Hall history

Sir David Russell (1872 - 1956) was a famous Fife-born papermaker, cultured humanist and a pioneer of New Age thinking. As a young man, he became a partner in his father's papermaking firm, but his love of books and great ideas always led him to seek broader connections. The complementary qualities in his friendship with Tudor Pole led these men to embark on a great ‘quest’ of archaeological discovery in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Russell Trust, established during his lifetime, continues to finance scholarly projects and expeditions throughout Scotland and the world.

His son, Major David Russell (1915-1993), attended the University of St Andrews before serving in World War II with the 7th Battalion of the Black Watch in North Africa, Sicily and Normandy. It was his firm belief, as it had been his father's, that an independent well-managed company could be the most efficient, flexible and humanitarian form of business enterprise. In pursuance of this ideal, control of the company was transferred in 1975 to the Russell Trust, with the aim that the interests of those who worked in the firm should be given greater emphasis; an early pre-cursor of the philosophy now adopted by companies such as John Lewis. Major Russell maintained his interest in the University of St Andrews throughout his life, becoming Chancellor's Assessor in 1963 and Finance Convenor from 1964 to 1977. In 1977 the University of St Andrews conferred upon him the honorary degree of LLD.

David Russell Apartments – a modern redevelopment of its 1960s predecessor, David Russell Hall – was formally opened in 2007 by The Right Honourable Gordon Brown MP (then Chancellor of the Exchequer, later Prime Minister). The Hall has received particular praise for its state-of-the-art environmental features.

Hall colours

Black and White

Hall Wardennial Team

Warden: Ben Stuart

Deputy Wardens: Hannah Kerr and Elena Romero-Passerin

Assistant Wardens: 12

Residential services

Residential Services Manager: Lynsey Martin


Hall Information

Wardennial team
+44 (0)1334 46 7103


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Warden Service Hours

Hall Reception

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday:

Weekend Hours:

8am - 3pm

Contact number:
+44 (0)1334 46 7100


Facilities                Activities Room
24 hours, 7 days a week

Bistro:                   Breakfast