John Burnet Hall

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John Burnet Hall
John Burnet Hall.jpg
The original "Atholl" segment of the building. Other segments include Kilmallie, Fairways, and the Annexe.
Former namesAtholl Hotel
Alternative namesAtholl, JBH
General information
TypeStudent residence
AddressJohn Burnet Hall
Links Crescent
St Andrews
KY16 9JF
Town or citySt Andrews, Fife
Coordinates56°20′32″N 2°48′24″W / 56.342136°N 2.806572°W / 56.342136; -2.806572Coordinates: 56°20′32″N 2°48′24″W / 56.342136°N 2.806572°W / 56.342136; -2.806572
Cost£40 000 + £25 000[1]
OwnerUniversity of St Andrews
University managed website

John Burnet Hall (also known as Atholl or JBH) is the smallest capacity Hall of Residence owned by the University of St Andrews. It was formerly the Atholl Hotel and is located in the town of St Andrews, Scotland. It has 76 bedrooms, of which 34 are shared in the main building and 36 single, en-suite rooms in the annex.[2] All rooms are catered, and meals are provided to residents 3 times a day Monday-Friday and breakfast and lunch are served on weekends.[2] Prices for 2018–19 are £6,630 (single room,) £6,021 (shared room,) and £8,003 (single en-suite Annexe room.)[2]


The hall is named after the Scottish classicist, John Burnet.[1] It was formerly called the Atholl Hotel before it was purchased by the University of St Andrews.[3][4]

The John Burnet Hall Coat of Arms


John Burnet Hall is located on Links Crescent, which is at the end of A91 road. The hall overlooks the 18th hole of the St Andrews Links Old Course and the North Sea and West Sands can be seen from the building.


Communal areas include a computer room and library, TV room, laundry room, and a common room with a Table football table and a ping pong table.[2] The hall also has a Nintendo Wii, often used with a projector, and an Xbox 360 complete with an array of games. WiFi is available throughout the hall through the university's eduroam service.[5]


Due to John Burnet Hall's small size, its residents form a close-knit community each year. Its traditional events include three annual balls: one held in north-east Fife's Fernie Castle at the beginning of the first semester, the Hall Ball towards the beginning of the second semester, and the Traditions Ball held near the end of the second semester. The hall colors are green and blue, and the hall's official animal is a moose. The hall's traditional songs, chants, and unique traditions are generally taught to new residents within a week of their arrival in September. Hall songs include the hall anthem John Burnet, La La La and Oh John Burnet is Wonderful (to the tune of When the Saints Go Marching In.) [6]


  1. ^ a b "Memorial to Professor". The Glasgow Herald. 16 June 1962. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "St Andrews University – John Burnet Hall". Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Atholl Hotel and use of the name Atholl". Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Atholl Hotel 1950". Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Residence Network". Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ JBH Traditions Missing or empty |title= (help)

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