Whitehorn Hall

Whitehorn Hall is a four-storey building located adjacent to University Hall, near to the Sports Centre and the various science buildings on the North Haugh. 

Whitehorn Hall is named after Katharine Whitehorn – British journalist, writer and columnist, and first female Rector of the University of St Andrews from 1982 to 1985.

Hall information

Whitehorn Hall offers both self-catered standard and catered en suite accommodation on a 37-week contract which includes intersemester and spring break on a self catered basis.

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. 

All the bedrooms are allocated as single occupancy. En suite rooms have their own shower room, while standard rooms shared facilities of two shower rooms for five students.

For undergraduate students, Whitehorn Hall has:

  • 97 single catered en suite rooms with small double beds (4 feet wide). Two of these rooms and their associated kitchens and lounges have been designed for wheelchair access.
  • 87 single self-catered standard rooms with small double beds (4 feet wide).


Whitehorn Hall is located within the grounds of University Hall on the western side of town and backs onto the Sports Centre as well as the North Haugh. It is only a 15-minute walk to the centre of town and local amenities, and about a 20-minute walk to the Old Course and beautiful West Sands beach.

Many students choose to use bikes to travel around campus to save money on public transport, live a healthy lifestyle, and contribute to sustainability. A large secure bicycle shelter is provided at Whitehorn Hall. Find out more about travelling by bicycle.

What is Whitehorn Hall like?

Whitehorn Hall is adjacent to University Hall, and the residents of each hall are free to share each other’s facilities, social spaces, games rooms, etc.

The University Hall committee and extended wardennial team organise events to encompass both buildings and create a strong community feel.

Catered students from Whitehorn Hall take all their meals in the dining room of University Hall.


The brand new Whitehorn Hall building offers various facilities for students to use for studying or socialising.


The laundry room contains washers and dryers which are card-operated. You can buy a card from the card dispensers in the main foyer of University Hall which you pre-load with credit via an online portal. A top-up machine is also located in the laundry room. An adjacent drying room provides ironing facilities.

Main social space

A large open space on the ground floor is fitted with an assortment of tables, chairs and sofas for relaxing, socialising, holding events and informal studying.

Study spaces

As well as informal study areas on the ground floor, dedicated group study rooms are available on the first floor of the building, equipped with data points and an assortment of whiteboards and TV screens to assist students with their presentation work. Further study rooms are available on each floor of the building for formal or informal studying.

Private dining room

Residents are able to book this room – fitted with a kitchen, tables and chairs – for their own special events, like a birthday party or simply a special meal with friends.

Kitchen and lounges

Each kitchen and lounge is allocated to five students, even to students on catered contracts. The kitchen is equipped with an induction cooking hob, an oven, a large fridge-freezer, a microwave, a kettle and a generous amount of storage cupboards.

The kitchen includes a dining and lounge area with table and chairs, as well as sofas and a coffee table to allow students to relax in their small community. A TV is provided in the lounge area, although it will be the students' responsibility to purchase a TV licence should they wish to use the TV.

Cinema room

The cinema room is an informal room with a large TV screen and comfortable seating.

Games room

The games room is a large room with some seating and various games for relaxing anytime.

Music room

The music room is a sound-insulated room for residents to practice their own musical instruments individually or with a small group.

Advice on the use of electrical equipment in residence.


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


Whitehorn Hall

University of St Andrews
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9DL

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 7165
Email: unihall@st-andrews.ac.uk