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15 Things Every St Andrews Student Knows

What is Raisin Monday and the May Dip and how many fashion shows are there?

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1. St Andrews is, without a doubt, the most beautiful place in the world. Fact.

Who knew St Andrews had glorious beaches and sunsets that rival some of the most beautiful on Earth?

Who knew St Andrews had glorious beaches and sunsets that rival some of the most beautiful on Earth?

2. It's a place you come to make friends and a whole new family.

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Just don't be surprised if you end up one day married to your mother/father/brother/sister...trust me, it's not as weird as it sounds.

3. You know the curse of Patrick Hamilton and that to step on this stone would be sacrilege...

According to tradition, any student who steps on the PH will be cursed to fail their degree. But we all know curses aren't real anyway...right?
Oli Walker

According to tradition, any student who steps on the PH will be cursed to fail their degree. But we all know curses aren't real anyway...right?

4. But you know all curses and sins with your academic family can be washed away with a refreshing May Dip

The only cure for Patrick Hamilton’s curse is to participate in the annual May Dip. At sunrise dawn on the first of May, students make their way down to East Sands and collectively run into the North Sea...of course!
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The only cure for Patrick Hamilton’s curse is to participate in the annual May Dip. At sunrise dawn on the first of May, students make their way down to East Sands and collectively run into the North Sea...of course!

5. When you tell people you go to the University of St Andrews they all think this...

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Everyone thinks St Andrews is basically Hogwarts.

6. You know the start of the year looks like this.

We love a Pier Walk in red gowns. The first Chapel service and Pier Walk, on the Sunday at the end of Freshers’ Week, is always the busiest and is a great way to end the week before the Martinmass Semester begins.
Oli Walker

We love a Pier Walk in red gowns. The first Chapel service and Pier Walk, on the Sunday at the end of Freshers’ Week, is always the busiest and is a great way to end the week before the Martinmass Semester begins.

7. You know the end of the year looks like this.

After final undergraduate exams friends will meet as they leave the location of their exam to shower them with cold water. Because it isn't cold enough in St Andrews, right?

After final undergraduate exams friends will meet as they leave the location of their exam to shower them with cold water. Because it isn't cold enough in St Andrews, right?

8. You know while you might start your night off like this.

Love it or hate it, THE BOP is where you will spend most of your Friday and Saturday nights. Who doesn't love a Britney tribute act?

9. You will always end it here.

Dervish says it is a restaurant but its sole purpose is to feed hungry students at 3am.

Dervish says it is a restaurant but its sole purpose is to feed hungry students at 3am.

10. You know Raisin Monday has nothing to do with raisins at all.

Raisin Monday dates back hundreds of years but probably looks quite different nowadays. Students are dressed in fancy dress by their academic parents and sent to gather in St Salvator’s Quad for the annual Raisin Monday foam fight.

Raisin Monday dates back hundreds of years but probably looks quite different nowadays. Students are dressed in fancy dress by their academic parents and sent to gather in St Salvator’s Quad for the annual Raisin Monday foam fight.

11. You know that to go to Tesco between 4pm and 8pm is an emotional experience .

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You can either queue for what feels like an eternity and witness humanity at its impatient worst. Or you could go to Sainsbury's and run the risk of bumping in to your Professors.

12. No matter what the season, always know that this is Scotland.

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Layers are your friend, and winter is always never far away, even in May.

13. There is a fashion show almost every other week.

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We're not sure why but they are always for a good cause.

14. You will never actually play golf but everyone will assume that you do.

Despite this you were still sad to not have seen Barack Obama when he played golf in St Andrews.

Despite this you were still sad to not have seen Barack Obama when he played golf in St Andrews.

15. It is the best university and there's nothing quite like St Andrews.

We love it in The Bubble, there's nothing quite like life in St Andrews and it stays with you forever.

We love it in The Bubble, there's nothing quite like life in St Andrews and it stays with you forever.

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