Commuter students

If you plan to commute into the University or live out of town, there is support in place to help you to find your feet, make friends, and reach your full academic potential.

The Townsend Society

Commuter students have a dedicated student society, the Townsend Society, which is open to all students who are not linked to a hall of residence or who commute from out of town.

Each year, if you declare yourself to be a commuter student, you will be invited to join this society, which meets early in Orientation at the beginning of the year and hosts social and sporting occasions throughout the year for students and their families.

The Townsend Society also has its own Facebook group to help commuter students to stay in touch with one another.

The Townsend Society is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet other commuter students, make friends, and enjoy a full and vivid social life during your time in St Andrews. To contact the Townsend Society, please email

The common room

As a commuter student, you will be welcome to relax and socialise in a common room specially reserved for students commuting from out of town.

The common room is located at 79 North Street and is provided by the Advice and Support Centre. It features a lounge area, amenities and a kitchen.

For more information, please email the Advice and Support Centre at

Submission flexibility

There is also a small amount of academic flexibility in place for commuter students. You should be permitted to submit your work to tutors remotely via email rather than in person if you are commuting from out of town. You should contact your School's secretary directly to discuss this, but if there is any confusion, please contact the Advice and Support Centre at