Inside Kate Middleton and Prince William's 'palatial' university halls that could be Lady Louise Windsor's new home

Lady Louise Windsor will start studying at the University of St. Andrew's, the alma mater of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, next month

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Lady Louise Windsor is set to follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton next month as she starts college at the University of St. Andrew's in Scotland, but will the royal teenager also live in the Cambridge couple's former student accommodation? 

The daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex is about to embark on a big life change, but luckily, she'll have two very important people on hand for advice. 

Lady Louise Windsor's future plans were revealed last week when the 18-year-old received her A-level results and learned that she had earned a place to read English at St. Andrew's University in Scotland. 

The elite third-level college is famously the meeting place of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who met as Freshers while studying Art History. (Will later changed his course to Geography, but that's for a different story.) 


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With Orientation Week scheduled to kick off on September 5, Lady Louise is likely now preparing for the move up north to St. Andrew's. 

The 'favorite' of the Queen's grandchildren currently lives at Bagshot Park in Surrey with her parents and younger brother, James, Viscount Severn, but has already spent a good deal of time away from home as a boarding student at St. Mary's School Ascot. The royal teenager transferred to the elite all-girls school in 2017, having previously attended the co-educational St. George's School Windsor Castle. 

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Where will Lady Louise Windsor live at the University of St. Andrew's? 

Lady Louise will have plenty of housing options at St. Andrew's, with over 4,000-bed spaces available in their 17 halls of residence. The university offers students the option of catered accommodation, which includes a dining room serving 19 meals a week and access to a communal kitchen, or self-catered, which provides students with the facilities to cook for themselves. 

It's also possible to live privately outside of the uni, but with a place in halls guaranteed to First Year students, it's more likely that Louise will choose to remain on campus. 

It's unknown which residence Lady Louise Windsor will stay in while studying at St. Andrew's, but if history is anything to go by, St Salvator’s Hall could be a high candidate. Fondly nicknamed 'Sallies' by students and alumni, the traditional building was once home to Prince William and Kate Middleton, and is widely regarded as the plushest accommodation on campus. 

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St Salvator’s Hall

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"Quite possibly the most palatial and grandest student accommodation in the country," an impressed reviewer wrote, before hailing it, "the Queen of Halls at St Andrew's." 

Located in a central but peaceful location next to the college's ancient Quadrangle,  St Salvator’s Hall has 62 single standard rooms and 63 shared standard ones, as well as 85 in its more modern annex, Gannochy House. 

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Prince William as a student at St Salvator's

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The living quarters are fully catered, meaning Lady Louise would have all her meals cooked for her and her bedroom cleaned professionally once a week. She would also have 24/7 access to an IT suite with nine computers, a common room with a snooker table, table tennis, and television, and a small library and a reading room. 

Lady Louise's bedroom, while basic, would have all the necessary furnishings for a busy student, including a desk with a handy desk lamp, a bookcase, a bed with a mattress and a mattress protector, a wardrobe and drawer unit, and a waste and paper bin.

She'll also be invited to partake in some of the famous 'Sallies' traditions, including the High Table, a weekly formal dinner in which a small group of students is chosen to eat with a prominent member of the community or academic staff. The three-course meal, which usually takes place on Thursdays in the dining room, is preceded by a sherry reception and culminates with a glass of port in the fancy Regent's Room. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.