Talk and tour

The University will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday period from 5pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on Thursday 3 January 2019. Talk and tour visits will re-commence on Monday 7 January 2019.

We encourage anyone thinking of applying to the University to attend one of our visiting days. If this is not possible, a talk and tour can be arranged instead.

The University welcomes visitors every weekday (Monday to Friday) throughout the year, with the exception of the May Day and Christmas holidays.

Whilst Admissions aim to be flexible as to which week day you come to visit, visit times are set and cannot be amended. Talk and tours are not available on a Saturday or Sunday.

St Andrews requests that you give two weeks’ notice in advance of your visit, and we will contact you to confirm your visit date within two working days of receiving your request. Your talk and tour should not be considered confirmed until you have had a confirmation email stating the time and date of your visit.

For travel to and accommodation in St Andrews, please take a look at our advice on visiting St Andrews.

Your visit

The programme begins at 10am for international visitors and at 11am for UK and EU visitors. The programme for students who have already applied begins at 11am, regardless of fee status, in the spring months.

The talk and tour programme consists of the following:

  • A walking tour given by a student ambassador
    Subjects covered during the tour include the University’s history, traditions and what life here is like as a student. Visitors are actively encouraged to ask questions. This tour takes place outdoors, and you should be prepared for Scotland’s sometimes unpredictable weather. For security reasons, no luggage can be stored during the tour. The tour will take around 45 minutes.
  • A talk given by a member of Admissions staff
    This covers applying to St Andrews, degree structure, accommodation, University facilities and student life. We encourage visitors to familiarise themselves with course information and entry requirements ahead of their visit; details of all courses can be found on the course web pages or in the Prospectus. This talk will take around 50 minutes.

At certain times of the year, it may be possible to arrange a meeting with a member of academic staff involved in your desired field of study. These meetings are arranged on a case-by-case basis, require at least two weeks’ notice, and unfortunately cannot be guaranteed. Meetings are likely to take place in the early afternoon, so please ensure that you indicate your approximate departure time on the booking form where requested.

We are unable to offer visitors access to University-managed accommodation. This is in order to respect the privacy of current students.

We would advise international visitors not to book their talk and tour on the same day that they arrive in the UK, as flights arriving in Edinburgh after 8am do not allow for visitors to reach St Andrews in time.  

How to book

You can request a talk and tour at St Andrews by completing our online talk and tour booking form. Please select the month you would like to attend from the list below.

St Andrews publishes the booking forms for the next six months of available dates. If you would like to book onto a talk and tour more than six months in the future, please email talk.tour@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Weekend and out-of-hours visits

If you are unable to visit the University during opening hours, you are very welcome to tour the grounds of the University yourself using our self-guided tour leaflet (PDF) .