about us

Lawson & Thompson specialise in student property management in St Andrews. We have won multiple awards for our service and regularly top the student survey conducted by the University of St Andrews.

As local landlords ourselves for the past two decades, we had experienced the shortcomings and frustrations that landlords all-too-often encounter with their letting agents. We felt we could do better, and so launched our business in 2013 after years in the planning.

Since then we have grown to manage 80 wonderful student properties in town, providing homes for 295 students. Crucially, we have capped our portfolio at this number, ensuring we are able to continue to provide the very best hands-on management service for our landlords and tenants.

Many aspects of our service that we pioneered back in 2013 are still unique to us to this day, including walk-through property movies, professional photography, monthly inspections and hands-on management.

We genuinely care about what we do. We manage every property as if it were our own. We always go that extra mile for our clients. Please explore our website for more information.


our team

  • Alex Thomson

    Alex Thompson

    Alex holds a RICS-accredited degree in Building Surveying and spent 4 years working as an Estate Manager for one of Scotland's largest property management companies. Alex has over 8 years experience in property management.

  • Jamie Lawson

    James Lawson

    James graduated from the University of St. Andrews before studying for a postgraduate degree in Building Surveying. James has worked as a project manager on several building refurbishment projects in St. Andrews and has a broad technical knowledge of building standards, repairs and maintenance. As a retained firefighter, James is well qualified to advise on fire safety.

  • Wendy Lawson

    Wendy Lawson

    Wendy spent 11-years working as a Property Manager for a high-street agent before joining Lawson & Thompson, so is vastly experienced in the St. Andrews student lettings market. Wendy is well known for providing an exceptional level of service for her clients and always ‘going that extra mile’ - traits which complement the Lawson & Thompson ethos. 

  • Max Lawson

    Max Lawson

    Max is our retained handyman, undertaking all manner of odd jobs! Max has worked as a handyman in St Andrews since 2003.

  • Philippa Smith

    Philippa is one of our seasonal team, joining us during the peak advertising and summer periods. 

  • Hollie Lawson

    Hollie Lawson

    Hollie is one of our seasonal team, joining us during the peak advertising and summer periods.


our office

Introducing our newly refurbished town-centre office, located on the top floor of the old Malt Barn just off South Street, St. Andrews.



coffee bar & lounge

We wanted to create an informal
, relaxed space in which to work and entertain clients, and hence created a tea / coffee bar together with a lounge area. 

We have a wide selection of teas and coffees on offer. 


malt barn history

The Malt Barn building was built in 1870 and formed part of the South Street Brewery. Brewing ceased in 1880, however malting continued until 1896. The building was then used for storage until it was purchased by the current owner in 1982. Between 1982 - 2015 it served as an upholstery studio, before being let to us in mid 2016.

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