In October 2012, Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and the Scottish Agricultural College merged to become SRUC – Scotland’s Rural College. The campuses are spread across six sites in Scotland. 

Courses and Teaching

SRUC's focus is on practical teaching of courses within the agricultural and rural sector, and it offers programmes such as Animal and Equine Studies, Environment and Countryside and Science and Technology. It also runs unique courses including Scotland’s only degree in Countryside Management.    


Scottish students are eligible to have their fees paid by the Scottish government, but students from the rest of the UK pay tuition fees of £6,750 per annum. 

Student Life

The campuses are on multiple sites across Scotland including Edinburgh, where there are a wealth of bars and clubs, and the industrial village of Broxburn, which is passed through by the Union Canal.   


SRUC has six campuses: at King’s Buildings in Edinburgh, Craibstone in Aberdeen, Riverside in Ayr, Elmwood in Cupar, Oatridge in Broxburn, and Barony in Dumfries. 


There are halls of residence at the Aberdeen and Ayr campuses, which cost between £95-£105 and £103-£134 per week respectively. Students can rent privately owned accommodation in Edinburgh from around £350 per month. 


The Aberdeen campus has its own organic farm in addition to the several owned by SRUC across the country.  Sport  There are on-site facilities at all of the campuses except Edinburgh, where students are able to use those owned by Edinburgh University.   



Edinburgh: The 24, 38, 41 and 42 routes all run close to campus.  Aberdeen: 307 and 27 bus services run from Aberdeen to campus.  Ayr: The new campus is within walking distance of the main bus and rain stations. Barony: There is a limited service from Dumfries to Parkgate, but most buses from Glasgow/Edinburgh travel through Parkgate en route to Dumfries. 


Edinburgh: The campus is close to Edinburgh Waverley station which runs regular services to London, Glasgow and across the British Isles.  Aberdeen: Nightly services run to London Euston as well as regular services to London Kings Cross, Newcastle, Leeds and York. The longest service in the UK, to Penzance in Cornwall, departs every morning. Services to Edinburgh Waverley also run. Ayr: Half-hourly services to Glasgow Central. Barony: The closest railway stations are Dumfries and Lockerbie. The Dumfries service includes trains from Stranraer, Carlisle, Glasgow and Newcastle.  See National Rail for more details. 


Aberdeen airport runs services to the UK and Europe. International services run from Glasgow (for Ayr) and Edinburgh airports. 


See National Express for details of services in and out of Scottish cities. 

Contact information


Telephone: 0131 535 4000 

Address:  Edinburgh site: King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG  Aberdeen site: Craibstone Estate, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, AB21 9YA  Ayr site: Riverside Campus, University Ave, Ayr, KA8 0SX  

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