Perhaps it’s the prospect of my imminent unemployment or starting afresh as a graduate somewhere new, but money has been on my mind recently. Namely saving it. However, I also desperately want to make the most of my time left in St Andrews while I still live here. Luckily for me, there’s quite a lot to do in this teeny coastal town when you’re keeping an eye on the pennies. Some are free, some are cheap but they all make it to my favourite-things-to-do list.
- The beaches. Since we have three of them, it wouldn’t make sense to do this list without mentioning the beautiful beaches we have. They’re all free and fun and fab-looking so what’s not to love. I prefer East Sands – you can have a wander around the harbour, on the beach itself or head up to the cliff top for some amazing views of town.
- The gardens. While I’ve known about this one for a while, it was only recently that I got the chance to visit the botanic gardens. When I got there, I found out it’s free with your student card. This is the perfect place for a little mooch and some pretty sights. There’s even a cute little cafe there if you fancy a cuppa or an ice cream. I think I’m going to try and take my book up there soon – I might as well make the most of the free entry while I have it.
- The museums. We certainly have a fair few museums in St Andrews, many of which are free. The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum has a beautiful garden and MUSA is packed full of items and information about the university itself. Of course since I volunteer there, I’m a little biased towards MUSA but I would still wholeheartedly recommend it. See the maces up close and then head up to the viewing terrace for a bit. Trust me, it’s a good un.
- The theatre.During term time, it’s well worth keeping an eye on the Barron theatre. The tickets tend to be quite cheap and I’ve seen some brilliant student shows there. It’s a lovely way to take an evening off from work and doesn’t have to break the bank.
- The walk. Lade Braes is a beautiful walk through the centre of town. Again it’s free but a great way to clear your head for a while. Grab a friend and head exploring. There’s little pockets of history along the way for you to spot too!