St Andrews’ student affordability problem

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In his recent piece for thesaint-online (February 20th), Viewpoint Editor Joe Waters summarises the problem as follows “I find it unquestionable that St Andrews has an affordability problem, and a massive one at that”.

“Those from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as those from middle-earning backgrounds whose parents have a number of other dependents, are increasingly being priced out of the town. Some students are uprooting their studies here for less prestigious universities in cheaper towns either because they can’t afford it here or the financial gymnastics required to be able to afford it here simply isn’t worth it”.

“This needs recognising more centrally than the odd St Fessdrews post. The solutions may not be easy-fixes, and it’s something we will likely need to spend months, if not years, addressing, but it’s something we must address nonetheless”.

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Picture: Whitehorn Hall, University of St Andrews


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