The University has a number of cafes which are open to staff, students and the general public. Whether you’re looking for a coffee to take away or a filling lunch in a convenient location, the University cafes have a range of options available.

The Library Cafe

Situated just inside the Main Library, the Library Cafe is a bright and pleasant space to take a break or meet up with friends. A variety of food is on offer — from healthy breakfast options to soup, baked potatoes, paninis and salads at lunchtimes. Snacks and a range of hot and cold drinks are available throughout the day.

Staff and students in the University Library Cafe

The Library Cafe is open from 8.30am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 7pm at weekends.

From Monday 28 May 2018, the Library Cafe’s operations times will change to 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, closing at the weekends.

From Monday 10 September 2018, the Library Cafe will be open:

  • 8.30am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
  • 10am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday

The Medical and Biological Sciences Building Cafe

For a break between studying or exploring St Andrews, why not visit the cafe in the Medical and Biological Sciences Building (MSB). Visitors can enjoy breakfast rolls, soup, baked potatoes, sandwiches, home baking, confectionery, and hot and cold drinks — all available to eat in or take away.

An overhead view of the Medical cafe

The cafe at the Medical and Biological Sciences Building will be open during the summer period from 8.30am until 4pm, Monday to Friday.

There are a number of conference events that will take place in the Cafe and during these time the cafe service will be relocated to Forbes Cafe and Bar in Agnes Blackadder Hall. 

The Medical Cafe will not be open on the following dates: 

  • Monday 11 June to Friday 15 June. 
  • Thursday 21 June to Friday 22 June. 
  • Monday 2 July to Wednesday 11 July. 

The School of Physics and Astronomy Cafe

A range of hot breakfast choices, lunch options and hot and cold drinks can be found at the cafe at the School of Physics and Astronomy. Visitors can choose to sit in for a quick lunch or grab a drink to enjoy elsewhere.

A student using a coffee machine at the Physics cafe

The cafe at the School of Physics and Astronomy will close for the summer on Friday 1 June 2018.

The cafe will re-open on Monday 3 September 2018 from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Forbes Cafe and Bar, Agnes Blackadder Hall

During the summer season, Forbes Cafe and Bar opens as a bistro-style restaurant and fully licensed bar. The restaurant will be open from Wednesday 6 June 2018, seven days a week from 4pm to 11pm, with food service from 5pm to 9pm. It will close on Sunday 2 September 2018.

The cafe will be open during the day on the dates provided above when the Medical and Biological Sciences building cafe is closed, from 8.30am to 4pm.

Forbes bar and cafe

Rector’s Cafe

The Students’ Association’s flagship cafe is a vibrant space located at the front of the Union building. The Rector’s Cafe offers all visitors the chance to relax with a drink and watch the world pass by. With a selection of sandwiches, cakes and other food available, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch or grab a beverage to take away. Find out more about the Rector’s Cafe.

Old Union Coffee Shop

The Students’ Association also runs the Old Union Coffee Shop, found close to the St Salvator's Chapel on North Street. Offering a range of hot food options at both breakfast and lunchtime, you can either grab a bite to take away or settle in for a cozy afternoon. Find out more about the Old Union Coffee Shop.