The University has a number of cafes which are open to staff, students and the general public. Whether you’re looking for a coffee to take away or a filling lunch in a convenient location, the University cafes have a range of options available.

Franki's Cafe

Situated just inside the Main Library, the Franki's Cafe is a bright and pleasant space to take a break or meet up with friends. A variety of food is on offer — from healthy breakfast options to soup, baked potatoes, panini sandwiches, and salads at lunchtimes. Snacks and a range of hot and cold drinks are available throughout the day.

Staff and students in the University Library Cafe

Franki's Cafe is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Fairlie's Cafe

For a break between studying or exploring St Andrews, why not visit Fairlie's Cafe in the Medical and Biological Sciences Building (MSB)? Visitors can enjoy breakfast rolls, soup, baked potatoes, sandwiches, home baking, confectionery, and hot and cold drinks — all available to eat in or take away.

An overhead view of the Medical cafe

Fairlie's Cafe is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.


A range of lunch options and hot and cold drinks can be found at UPDATES Cafe in the School of Physics and Astronomy. Visitors can choose to sit in for a quick lunch or grab a drink to enjoy elsewhere.

A student using a coffee machine at the Physics cafe

U‌PDATES Cafe is open from 10am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

Rector’s Cafe

The Students’ Association’s flagship cafe is a vibrant space located at the front of the Union building. The Rector’s Cafe offers all visitors the chance to relax with a drink and watch the world pass by. With a selection of sandwiches, cakes and other food available, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch or grab a beverage to take away. Find out more about the Rector’s Cafe.

Old Union Coffee Shop

The Students’ Association also runs the Old Union Coffee Shop, found close to the St Salvator's Chapel on North Street. Offering a range of hot food options at both breakfast and lunchtime, you can either grab a bite to take away or settle in for a cosy afternoon. Find out more about the Old Union Coffee Shop.