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Save money this semester

At the beginning of the semester it’s easy to be fooled by your shiny new four-figure bank balance, courtesy of the Student Loan Company. By week 10, however, it’s often a different story, and you’ll probably regret your previously profligate ways. By taking into account these tips you should find yourself less out of pocket and able to spend...

Get a job, not an internship

Why it’s better to work in a ‘real’ job over the summer

Correct me if I’m wrong…

Returning to St Andrews after a gloriously mundane five-week break, I was itching to ignite a discussion about the newly expanded “Tesco’s Finest” range of ready meals. I try to look through the barrage of marketing strategies used by big corporations to slowly siphon our hard-earned student loans into their bank vaults. So at first glance, I thought the Tesco Finest range was...

Correct me if I’m wrong…

Tucked down a street in between a bank and some other shop, whose name has eluded me, sits the former site of Butler and Company – now, Dakota Grill. I am sure we are all aware of its transformation from a wrap serving take away into a burger place. What shocked me, though, is the severe lack of marketing...

The problem with problem gambling

It’s really easy to find betting shops morally repugnant. However, it’s essential that we, as a society, adequately understand the nature and extent of the problem before we rush to form opinions. It is important to recognise that betting shops are far from a new phenomenon. They have long been a part of the British high-street. In fact, thirty years...

The rat race is ridiculous

Apparently no-one who leaves university ever gets a job. That’s why the streets are littered with thousands of twenty-something graduates starving on street corners and picking at McFlurry containers. Luckily, that’s how I like to spend my weekends anyway. None of you are good enough to be employed, I mean look at you - just because you are a St...

Why I don’t hate the Doll’s House

My friends from home had agreed on an impromptu trip and alerted me of their intention to visit St Andrews for the weekend. As the entertainer of the friend group, I formulated a delightful itinerary to keep them busy. After my fairly ghastly experience at a certain chicken establishment new to the town, I felt the need for some...

A solution to our problems?

We are all aware of the problems St Andrews students face in trying to secure affordable accommodation. Nightmare landlords, complicated application processes, and simply not enough housing to go around all contribute to a difficult and stressful atmosphere come February. Last year, then second-year student Allen Farrington decided to take matters into his own hands and set up his...

Market Street

I am dumbfounded by the enormous reaction that Gabriel Ross’ article Why I hate Nando’s, published in the last issue of The Saint, received online. At time of print it is the most read article on the website, and many readers have felt compelled to weigh in on the debate. I personally find it ironic that a few people...

Teacher training

PGCEs are becoming an increasingly popular choice for graduates, particularly from top universities such as St Andrews. Indeed, recent figures from the Department of Education show that two thirds of trainee teachers in 2011-2012 had a first or 2:1, a rise of 3 percentage points from 2010-2011. Additionally, 12% of teaching post- graduates had a first, 2% more than...