Journey to St Andrews
In line with the Scottish Government’s route map out of the Covid-19 lockdown, students who are able to travel safely are asked to plan to be with us in St Andrews for the start of the semester.
This series of guides is designed to help with your planning, explain how to minimise risk throughout your journey, and ensure that you are informed about what to expect.
The changing nature of the situation means that the central premise of these guides is that you should check most recent government guidance before you travel, and take personal responsibility for understanding quarantine requirements and how they apply.
Scotland has taken a particularly cautious approach to managing the Covid crisis, so you must also be aware that behavioural expectations may be different in Scotland to those in England and elsewhere.
Safety informs all the actions we are taking to prepare for your arrival, including measures we will have in place to safeguard your health, the shape and blend of our academic programmes, and how we intend to use our University buildings and grounds. When you arrive you should expect life in St Andrews to be different in these key ways:
- Orientation events will be virtual.
- Face coverings will be required in areas where physical distancing is not possible.
- Signage within University buildings will communicate important health and safety instructions.
We remain committed to delivering the best student experience we can, whatever the circumstances.
Before you depart
Arriving in the UK
Be prepared to show your locator form (printed or on your phone) when you arrive at the UK border.
Arriving in Scotland
Transport to St Andrews
The University will be providing free transport to all students arriving at Edinburgh airport, Glasgow airport and Leuchars railway station.
Arriving in St Andrews
You must remain conscious of the vulnerability of our elderly population, and take every opportunity to shield them and support their access to services.
University facilities and study spaces
You should wear a face covering when moving in communal areas within University buildings, and pay close attention to health and safety signage.
Orientation, advising and matriculation
If you or someone you live with develops symptoms
It is possible that students may have to self-isolate for periods throughout the year, and dual mode delivery is in place to ensure you can continue to access teaching and resources.