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Catered en suite

The en suite rooms in catered halls offer you the opportunity to live in a bedroom with access to your own en suite bathroom, and you’ll be provided with either 14, 15 or 19 meals per week.

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Catered halls with en suite rooms

John Burnet Hall and University Hall are older and more traditional buildings. John Burnet Hall is located close to the centre of town, while University Hall is situated near the Sports Centre and is a short walk from the various science buildings on the North Haugh. Whitehorn Hall is a new building located adjacent to University Hall.

Agnes Blackadder and David Russell Apartments are more modern complexes situated on the west side of town near the Sports Centre and within a short walk to the various science buildings on the North Haugh.

Rooms in catered halls can vary in size and shape depending on the age and history of the buildings.

There are a small number of catered en suite rooms that are available to share with another student. Find out about shared rooms at St Andrews.

When can I move in?

Contracts begin on Saturday 4 September 2021.  We are currently planning for student arrivals in to our accommodation for the 2021-22 academic year and will update this page when this is finalised.

  • Students must book a date and time slot which can be accessed via the pre-arrival section of the application form once an offer is accepted. There are limited numbers for each date and time slot, please ensure you select this as soon as possible.

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Each catered hall of residence has a dining room and a dedicated catering team. Students are only able to eat in their own hall. You will also have access to a small communal kitchen to prepare light meals and snacks.

Agnes Blackadder Hall serves 19 meals per week with breakfast, lunch and dinner served on weekdays, and breakfast and lunch only at the weekends.

David Russell Apartments serves 14 meals per week with breakfast and dinner served on weekdays, and breakfast and lunch only at the weekends.

John Burnet Hall, University Hall and Whitehorn Hall serve 19 meals per week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every weekday, with breakfast and lunch only at the weekends.


In en suite bedrooms, you will have one of the following bed sizes:

  • single-size bed, approximately 3 foot wide (John Burnet Hall, University Hall and shared rooms at David Russell Apartments)
  • double-size bed, approximately 4 foot and 6 inches wide (Agnes Blackadder Hall and David Russell Apartments)
  • small double-size bed, approximately 4 foot wide (Whitehorn Hall).

Each bedroom also comes with the following pieces of furniture:

  • desk and chair
  • desk lamp and bulb
  • shelving
  • bed, mattress and mattress protector
  • wardrobe and drawer unit
  • waste bin and paper bin

Bedrooms do not come with bedding, and students should ensure that they bring their own duvet or blankets. Find out more on the bedding information page.

You will have a key or keycard which you will use to gain access to your hall of residence and bedroom; you should keep your key or keycard with you at all times and ensure your room is locked when you go out.

Take a look at what a catered en suite room in Agnes Blackadder Hall looks like.


All catered halls include a range of facilities which ensures that students have everything they need to live independently in St Andrews.

Students will find that there is at least one laundry room in each catered hall, with washers and dryers which are card operated.

There are a range of options for studying in each hall, including computer rooms, libraries or specific study rooms.

There are also a number of social spaces including common rooms, TV rooms and communal chill-out areas.


In most catered en suite accommodation, communal kitchen facilities are cleaned once a week by the in-hall cleaning team. The exception to this is David Russell Apartments where residents are jointly responsible for cleaning their own kitchen.

In John Burnet Hall and University Hall your room will be cleaned and vacuumed regularly as part of the hall’s routine cleaning service. You are responsible for cleaning your own bathroom. Room cleaning is not available in Agnes Blackadder Hall, Whitehorn or David Russell Apartments. 

You are expected to maintain hygiene standards in between routine cleaning.

Fees and contracts

The standard contract length for a catered en suite room varies depending on the hall you are allocated. The contract for students with rooms in John Burnet Hall or University Hall is 33 weeks. The contract for students with rooms in Agnes Blackadder Hall, David Russell Apartments, and Whitehorn Hall is 38 weeks.

This means that students in Agnes Blackadder Hall, David Russell Apartments, and Whitehorn Hall can stay in their rooms over the Christmas and spring vacations, but students in John Burnett Hall and University Hall are not able to stay in their accommodation over the Christmas vacation. All catered halls are open during the spring vacation on a self-catered basis

You can find out more about fees for different types of residences on the accommodation fees page.

Catered en suite fees 2021-2022

  • Agnes Blackadder Hall (19 meals per week)
    • Single room: £9,523
    • Shared room: £8,559
  • David Russell Apartments (14 meals per week)
    • Single room: £8,849
    • Shared room: £7,885
  • John Burnet Annexe (19 meals per week)
    • Single room: £8,861
  • University Hall (19 meals per week) 
    • Single room: £8,861
    • Shared room: £7,990
  • Whitehorn Hall (19 meals per week)
    • Single room: £9,797


All University halls of residence have their own wardennial team who live within the hall and are trained to support students in a range of matters – from advice on academic matters through to first aid. New students will meet their warden and team of assistant wardens during their moving in weekend.

Wardens and support


Student Accommodation Services
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2510

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