Catered standard

Catered standard accommodation offers you the opportunity to live in a single or shared bedroom in one of our halls situated throughout St Andrews. You will be provided with 19 meals a week and will share a bathroom with a small number of other residents.


Students in a room in McIntosh Hall

Catered halls with standard rooms

Catered halls of residence with single standard rooms are:

These halls are generally older and more traditional buildings. Most of the catered standard halls are located close to the centre of town, but University Hall is situated near the Sports Centre and is a short walk from the various science buildings on the North Haugh.

Rooms in standard catered halls can vary in size and shape due to the age and history of the buildings.

For entrant students the majority of catered standard rooms are shared with another student. Find out about shared rooms at St Andrews.

When can I move in?

For Semester 2, students can move into their hall of residence from 10am on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Arriving at St Andrews


Each catered hall of residence has a dining room and a dedicated catering team. Students are only able to eat in their own hall, although it is possible to pay for invited guests to join any hall meal for a small fee. You will also have access to a small communal kitchen to prepare light meals and snacks.

All standard catered halls provide 19 meals per week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every weekday, with breakfast and lunch served on the weekend.

Packed lunches

If you don’t have time to stop by your hall for lunch, you can order a packed lunch from your hall’s chef manager the day before and pick it up at breakfast. Packed lunches typically contain a sandwich or baguette, healthy popcorn, piece of fruit, healthy snack bar, and water or juice.

You can also use the ‘grab and go’ stations in your hall if you don’t have time to eat in the dining room. You can grab a baguette and choose your fillings, as well as a drink and crisps.

Special dietary requirements

Catered residences provide a vegetarian option at each meal as well as healthy alternatives (dishes with low levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats), but do not cater for halal or kosher diets. If you have a food allergy or specific dietary requirement, you should discuss your needs with the catering team by emailing before you arrive in St Andrews.

Food sources

The University has a real commitment to ethically sourced, quality products using Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate and sugar. We use free range eggs sourced locally, as well as sustainable produce and seasonal foods, wherever possible.

Sample menu

Menus are operated on a four-week cycle and are reviewed and amended on a regular basis. You can see typical menu items in the following sample menu:


Typical breakfast items include:

  • continental breakfast selection including cereals, porridge, toast, fruit, yoghurts, cold meats and cheeses
  • hot breakfast selection including American pancakes, Belgian waffles or English muffins with poached eggs, smoked streaky bacon or mixed berry compote.


Typical lunch items include:

  • tomato and basil soup
  • chicken tikka masala
  • pork frankfurter hotdog with sautéed onions
  • penne pasta with roast vegetables and Arabiatta sauce
  • baked potato or sweet potato with hot filling
  • salad bar
  • berry fool
  • fruit yoghurt


Typical dinner items include:

  • mushroom soup
  • chicken satay
  • Toulouse sausage with onion jus
  • okra, potato and chickpea madras
  • selection of side dishes and salad bar
  • chocolate sponge with chocolate sauce
  • fruit yoghurt.


In standard bedrooms, you will have a single-size bed (approximately 3 foot wide) along with the following pieces of furniture:

  • desk and chair
  • desk lamp and bulb
  • bookcase
  • 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.

The University offers some shared standard catered rooms. Students interested in sharing a room can see what a shared bedroom looks like in this photosphere. 


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 with pre-loaded credit.

There is 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.


All halls of residence have wifi access to the University network, Eduroam.

Each bedroom in a hall of residence also has a wired access point for each student. In order to use a direct connection, you will need an ethernet (CAT5) cable which should be available within your hall. 


In order to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, you need to be covered by a TV licence.

You will need a TV licence for any device you use to watch television programmes. Devices include:

  • TV
  • computer or laptop
  • mobile phone
  • tablet
  • games console
  • digital box
  • DVD recorder.

If you watch or download programmes without a TV licence, you risk prosecution and paying a penalty.

If you do not watch or record programmes, you will still need to notify TV Licensing that you don’t need a license.


In standard accommodation, communal kitchen facilities are cleaned once a week by the in-hall cleaning team. Bathrooms in shared washroom facilities are cleaned daily (Monday to Friday).

Your room will be cleaned and vacuumed once per week as part of the hall’s routine cleaning service. You are expected to maintain hygiene standards between routine cleaning.


Fees and contracts

The standard contract length for a single room in a catered hall is 33 weeks (September to May). Students living in a catered hall are not able to stay in their accommodation over the Christmas vacation, although all catered halls are open during the spring vacation on a self-catered basis.

Catered standard fees 2019-2020

  • Single room: £6,846
  • Shared room: £6,217

Andrew Melville Hall 2019-2020

  • Single room: £6,007
  • Shared room: £5,414

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


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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