Self-catered standard

Self-catered standard accommodation gives residents access to a shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, providing you with the flexibility to cook your own meals and choose when to eat.


Whitehorn Hall St Andrews

Self-catered halls with standard rooms

The only self-catered hall of residence with standard rooms is Whitehorn Hall, which has 84 single standard rooms.

Whitehorn Hall is a brand new building located adjacent to University Hall near the centre of town.

There are no shared rooms available in Whitehorn Hall, but other halls of residence have a small number of shared room. Find out about shared rooms at St Andrews.

For 2019-20 there will a limited number of rooms available in Gannochy on a standard self-catered basis

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


At Whitehorn Hall, rooms are situated along corridors. Kitchens (typically shared between five students, catered or self-catered) are dotted along each corridor and include a dining and lounge area.

Shared kitchens in Whitehorn come equipped with the following:

  • oven
  • fridge and freezer
  • electric cooker with an induction hob
  • kettle
  • steam iron and ironing board
  • clothes airer
  • pots and pans
  • basin, cutlery tray and sink tidy
  • dustpan and brush, broom, mop and bucket, and vacuum cleaner
  • fliptop bin
  • recycling bins.

Information about what kitchen items you may bring with you can be found on the what to pack page.


In standard bedrooms in Whitehorn, you will have a small double-size bed (approximately 4 foot wide).  In Gannochy this is a single bed, along 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.


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

Whitehorn Hall shares laundry facilities with University Hall. Gannochy has it's own laundry.  The laundry room contains washers and dryers which are card operated with pre-loaded credit.

There is a range of options for studying in each hall. In addition, Whitehorn Hall residents can access the computer room available at University Hall.  Gannochy residents can access the computer room available at St Salvator's Hall.

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


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.


A courtesy telephone is available in the entrance lobby.


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 Whitehorn Hall, it is the student's responsibility to clean their study bedrooms and communal kitchens. 

Bathrooms in shared washroom facilities are cleaned daily (Monday to Friday) by the in-hall cleaning team.

In Gannochy, it is the student's responsibility to clean their study bedroom.

Bathrooms in shared washroom facilities are cleaned daily (Monday to Friday) by the in-hall cleaning team.  Kitchens are cleaned once per week.


Fees and contracts

The standard contract length for a single standard room in Whitehorn Hall is 38 weeks (September to May). Students living in self-catered halls are allowed to stay in their accommodation over the Christmas and spring vacations.

The standard contract length for a single standard self-catered room in Gannochy is 33 weeks (September to December, January to May).  Students must vacate the residence during the inter semester break by 10am on 21 December 2019 and can return from 10am on 22 January 2020

Self-catered standard fees 2020-2021

  • Whitehorn Hall 
    • Single room: £5,698
  • Gannochy House 
    • Single room: £4,679

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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