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David Russell Apartments

David Russell Apartments – usually shortened to DRA – is a modern complex of apartment blocks which was completed in 2004. It is conveniently located for the University Sports Centre and various Science buildings on the North Haugh. DRA offers the feel of private accommodation, with the comfort of knowing that support and advice is available when needed. DRA is unique in having its own bar.

David Russell Apartments


Shared flats

Standard flats in David Russell Apartments include five ensuite bedrooms with shared kitchen and dining facilties for each flat. Each bedroom includes a wardrobe, desk and chair, TV and a double bed in single rooms, or two single beds in a shared room.

Studio apartments

A small number of studio apartments are also available. These are comprised of a large bedroom with en-suite bathroom facilities and a kitchen recess.

Communal facilities

Communal facilities include a computer room, activities room, music room, common room, laundry facilities, and a bar. DRA also has a carpark.

What is David Russell Apartments like?



DRA is able to offer both self-catered and catered options to all students. Located in the central facilities building and open seven days a week, The Bistro offers a range of meal options. The catered option at DRA includes 14 meals a week; breakfast and dinner on weekdays, breakfast and lunch at weekends. Self catered students may choose to buy a meal card, allowing them to eat in The Bistro. Find out more about the food in halls.
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All University halls of residence have their own wardennial team, who live within the hall and are trained and available 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. Student support

Fees and contracts

The standard contract length for David Russell Apartments is 38 weeks (September to May). Students living at DRA are able to stay in their accommodation over the Christmas and spring vacations on a self-catered basis. Postgraduate students who need to stay in St Andrews over the summer (for example, to write a thesis) have the option of a 50 week contract.

Catered fees for 2015 – 2016

Single ensuite room – £7,681 Shared ensuite room – £7,068

Self catered fees for 2015 – 2016

Single ensuite room – £6,177 Shared ensuite room – £5,564 Ensuite studio apartment – £7,717

50 week contract for 2015 – 2016

Single ensuite room – £8,158 Ensuite studio apartment – £10,196

When can I move in?

In 2015 – 2016, new students can move in to DRA from 10am on Saturday 5 September 2015. Arriving at St Andrews


David Russell Apartments
Buchanan Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9LY

Phone: +44 (0)1334 467100