I have never been able to complete work in a completely silent environment. At home I will play music as I study, and I need some sort of background sound. When it is deathly silent, I hear a pin drop and become distracted.
At the Union, St Andrews’ student centre, there is Rector’s Cafe, my favourite place to do homework. Rector’s plays pop and oldies music, and is open in the early morning when I bike into town.
Every Monday I have lunch at Rector’s with one of my friends, and either bring a sandwich from home, or order their soup of the day.
It is a great hang out spot because it has wifi, outlets for laptops, and huge windows which let a lot of natural sunlight in.
They also have a fine selection of sandwiches, snacks, tea, and pastries. If you are a student and frequently buy hot drinks, ask for a stamp card. They will stamp it every time you order a hot drink from Rector’s or the Old Union Coffee Shop, until you receive a free hot drink (around the 8th buy).