Sustainable travel

Most people in St Andrews move around by foot or bike. We want to do our part to support this way of sustainable travel. We work with cycling and car share schemes, while happily sharing tips of moving by foot and public transport.

Active Travel Champions, St Andrews brings together and celebrates the power of collective local action for active and sustainable travel solutions across our communities.

Learn more about our collective action for sustainable travel, join the Active Travel Champion group.

Walking

Walking is good for the environment and our health, and it is a great way to socialise and explore St Andrews. Some walking initiatives are:

  • Wee Walk Once a Week (WWOW), a 30-minute lunch walk for staff, by staff. The sessions help you meet colleagues, take a break from work, and enjoy the fresh air and the scenery of St Andrews. 
  • Mental health walks are arranged by Transition student volunteers to break isolation. More important than ever during the pandemic, these walks are for you to explore nature, get a break, and talk to someone. 

To get out and about, Ramblers have gathered their favourite walking routes for us. Can you do all eight in one semester?

Map of St Andrews pointing out eight public walking paths

Cycling

Cycling enables us to explore the surroundings of St Andrews. Cycle to Tentsmuir Forest, Falkland or along River Tay to Newburgh. We want to make it easier for you to bike. You can: 

  • Rent a bike through BikePool. BikePool refurbishes old bikes and rents them to students and locals for an affordable price. They also run Fix It sessions to keep your bike in shape.  
  • Join the E-bike scheme. Staff can borrow an e-bike for free for up to 24 hours. 
  • Light up your bike. Transition sells lights during the darker months to help you stay safe. For more information, contact transition@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • Join our monthly Bike to Work Breakfasts. The breakfasts are free, open for locals, staff and postgraduate students, and are a good way to meet new people.    

Cycle to work staff scheme

The University supports staff to travel to work in a more healthy and active way. Cycle to Work (PDF) is a salary sacrifice scheme which provides an Income Tax and National Insurance efficient way to pay towards the hire and eventual ownership of a bike (and associated cycling equipment) up to the value of £2,500. This is repayable to the University over a period between 12 and 24 months.

How it works:

  • Find your local bike shop and the bike with the cycling equipment you want to buy via Greener Commute.
  • Email HR Salaries at monthly-ns@st-andrews.ac.uk. Put "Cycle to work eligibility check" in the subject line. State your staff ID (number on your ID card), the total amount you want to spend on bike and cycling equipment, and the duration of repayment (12 or 24 months) in the email.
  • Salaries will receive notification of the application and will check your eligibility.
  • Once approval has been made, Salaries will confirm eligibility and provide you with an employer code to purchase the items.
  • Login to the scheme, enter the code, submit details of your bike request and select the shop you want to purchase from.
  • Greener Commute will then send you the Hire Agreement for electronic signature via E-Sign.
  • Greener Commute will email you a voucher that should be presented to the bike shop to collect your purchases.

For further information see our Cycle to work FAQ's (Word)

Bus

Cleaner, cheaper and quicker – public transport has many benefits. From St Andrews, buses take you to Scotland and the rest of UK: whether to the Highlands or cities like London and Glasgow.

University staff and students get 75% off bus travel with Stagecoach. Megabus is another option for travel to the rest of Scotland.

Train

The nearest station is Leuchars. From there you can get a bus or taxi to St Andrews. Trainline provides details of train tickets and timetables.

Interested in getting involved? Campaign for reopening the railway along East Neuk. The railway would improve sustainable commuting between Edinburgh, Crail, St Andrews and Dundee and make our roads quiet and less busy. 

Driving

Save time, money and the environment – the University's lift share scheme has many benefits (due to the Scottish Government's guidelines on Covid-19, the lift share scheme is currently on hold). You can save up to £1,000 in fuel costs and emit significantly less emissions by doing a lift share. 

The University prioritises parking for staff sharing vehicles to work. At Eden Campus, the parking spaces closest to the entrance are dedicated for shared vehicles, and we are looking to expand this initiative to the town of St Andrews. 

Electric vehicles

The University supports the uptake of Electric Vehicles (EV) and has installed a network of publicly available charge points across campus. These are currently free to use and can be accessed using Charge Place Scotland.

Drivers can access charge points by using a ChargePlace Scotland RFID access card, via the ChargePlace Scotland smartphone app or via the webpay link

Please be conscious of other EV Drivers when charging and move off charge points when your charge cycle is complete. Overnight charging is permitted between 6pm- 8am. Out with the charging point bays, cars must display a valid University Car Parking Permit.

You can see a live map of charge point status and availability at Charge Place Scotland, which is also accessible through the Transition Travel Map.

You can also join the University’s EV Forum on Microsoft Teams for updates.

Issues accessing chargers should be directed to Charge Place Scotland using their Fault Reporting Form and the 6 Number Charge point ID found on the charge post. Problems with car parking management (Non Electric Vehicle’s in Charge Bays) should be directed to the University’s Security Team.

University of St Andrews Security
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 8999
Email: security@st-andrews.ac.uk

Parking is regulated by the University of St Andrews Car Parking Regulations 2007 (as amended)

St Andrews Car Club

How often do you use your car?

The St Andrews Car Club creates an easy way to rent a car by the hour or by the day for residents and visitors to St Andrews. Choose to hire a car from a network of privately owned vehicles in your local area using keyless technology. It’s fast, secure, and cheaper than old-style car rental, because you’re renting from people just like you.

Cars in the network are owned by local residents and the University of St Andrews. Join the network and rent out your car when you aren’t using it. 

The first vehicle hosted by the University can be found parked outside the Gateway Building on campus. 

The University is a key partner to the St Andrews Car Club, we would therefore encourage university fleet vehicles to join the scheme. If you manage vehicles through the University, please contact Alistair Macleod for more information on transition@st-andrews.ac.uk

Joining Hiyacar as either an owner or a driver couldn’t be easier. Download the app to become a part of the St Andrews Car Club. 

Flying

Deciding if I need to fly to a conference? 

Travel is part of academia and it can be challenging for research or professional staff who are climate aware to balance international network building opportunities with the requirement for air travel. Colleagues at the universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde are testing a decision making tool kit purposed to help people reflect on their decision to fly to a conference. The kit also offers advice on alternatives.  Download the Air Travel Justification Tool Kit (PDF)     

Get involved

You can be a part of the initiatives supporting sustainable travel.