What to pack

You should be aware that storage is limited in student accommodation, so only pack what is absolutely essential – particularly if your hall requires you to remove your personal belongings during the intersemester break. Many students choose to wait until they arrive in St Andrews to source kitchen and other household items, allowing them to consume consciously, share equipment, split costs with future flatmates, and reduce waste.

You can get most of your items second-hand from the St AndReuse initiative on a pay-as-you-feel basis. In orientation week there is a Big Giveaway event where you can find kitchenware, stationery, bedding, electrical items, clothes and general household items donated by previous students and local residents. St AndReuse runs throughout the year with events available on the Transition website. A large volume of charity shops are also available in the town.

Students at big giveaway finding secondhand kicthenware.

The weather in St Andrews is changeable. Snow is rare, but wind can often make temperatures feel lower than they are. You may want to bring a waterproof jacket and weatherproof boots.

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