Albany Park, St Andrews

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Albany Park, February 2008

Albany Park (or The Gatty) is a small residential area owned by the University of St Andrews completed in 1973. It is situated on the East Sands Beach on the road out of town to the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. It is around twenty minutes' walk from the town centre of St Andrews.

Brief history[edit]

Albany Park was originally conceived as an accommodation complex for older students looking for more independence than traditional halls of residence. Its aim was to replicate the feel of living in private accommodation.

Albany Park Life[edit]

The majority of social events throughout the year are organised by the Albany Park committee, such as Freshers' Week or the annual Albany Park Ball. Albany Park has a reputation across the university for its parties and friendly atmosphere.[1] Albany Park is in close proximity to the East Sands beach. In 2008, a warden was brought back after many years of absence to maintain a high standard of care of the students, especially as in recent years Albany Park has started admitting First Years. However, this decision was met with controversy by the students.


Albany Park is a collection of 68 student houses. There are 12 x 4 person, 4 x 6 person flats and 12 x 2 person flats allocated to postgraduates. The rest of Albany Park comprises 6 person houses which are allocated to undergraduates.[2] Each postgraduate flat has either 4 or 6 single bedrooms, a sitting/dining/kitchen area and a shower and toilet. The showers in two ground floor flats are designed for wheelchair access. Undergraduate accommodation is in houses for 6 with a kitchen/dining room with cooker and fridge freezer, a common room, 6 single study bedrooms, a shower and 2 WCs and one house for 4 with a twin, two single bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room.[3] There is laundry and a computer room on the complex.

In 2008 a common room, second laundry room, and new cycle shelter were added.


Albany Park houses are not designed to limit the spread of noise. Noise sometimes passes through the walls and floors.


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Coordinates: 56°20′13″N 2°47′56″W / 56.337°N 2.799°W / 56.337; -2.799