It is a truth universally acknowledged, that as students of St Andrews, we all adore the Bubble. However, as Spring Break draws ever nearer, the undeniable itch to escape the increasing claustrophobia of this small town grows ever stronger. The Stand has compiled a list of things you can do over Spring Break, which will get you some freedom without breaking the bank.
European City Break
Spring Break is a great opportunity to get away to Europe, particularly for international students who want to make the most of their proximity to some of the world’s greatest cultural capitals. As of the time of writing, return flights from Edinburgh to Copenhagen over the break are available for as little as £49, or you can get to Amsterdam and back for £79. This is a great way to see a little bit of Europe, and is definitely doable on a budget.
If you’re planning on staying a little closer to home, Ryanair flies from Edinburgh to London, with tickets costing £15(!) making it the perfect destination for your spring break getaway. From London you can easily access pretty much everywhere interesting in England, so use this as your excuse to visit Oxford, Bath, and Brighton while you’re at it.
Edinburgh and Glasgow
These two historically beautiful and important cities can be easily accessed by train or coach from St Andrews, and have plenty to offer. Both cities thrive with various cultural attractions, whilst Glasgow reportedly has the best shopping in the UK after London. This is a great option if you’re short on time and want to get out for just a day or two.
Whilst students of St Andrews do everything they can to assert dominance over those studying at Dundee, most of us haven’t actually properly visited our neighbouring city. Based on my own experience, it’s really not as bad as we make it out to be. The city centre offers fairly decent shopping opportunities, and there’s a few interesting museums, making it a refreshing change from the Bubble. It’s also relatively easy to access the Dundee Ice Centre, and Camperdown Wildlife Centre from the city centre, which both make for a more interesting afternoon out.
Staying in St Andrews
For those of you dead set on staying faithful to our beloved Bubble, take a look at this article about interesting things to do in and around St Andrews (even if you don’t have a date).