University of York

University of York

No matter our backgrounds, no matter our passions, we can each do good in the world. All it takes is opportunity – and at York, we’re here to make opportunity possible. Learn with us, and our knowledge and network are yours, giving you the best possible chance to thrive. We’re a high-performing Russell Group university with a global reputation for inspirational and life-changing research which feeds directly into the teaching you’ll receive. Founded in 1963, we’re now the proud home of over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries, each contributing to our inclusive community. Let’s make a difference, together.

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Life at the University of York

Student Life at the University of York

At the University of York, you are offered an unrivalled experience, fostering lifelong friendships, exploration of new passions, and personal growth. The university supports respectful sharing, debate, and challenge of various views and positions, creating a vibrant and inclusive environment for you.

York’s city environment provides a balance of academic engagement and social activities, with opportunities for nightlife and diverse experiences. Moreover, living on campus presents you with the chance to build connections, develop friendships, and maximize your university journey through immersive learning and community engagement.

The campus is packed with places to eat and drink and caters for a diverse range of dietary requirements. There is also access to convenience stores, where you can pick up your groceries and essentials.

The university is situated just outside York city centre, and everything is within walking or cycling distance. You can also use the fast and frequent bus service that runs between both parts of campus and on to the city centre and station, or hire an e-scooter or e-bike to whisk you into town. York is one of the UK’s most cycle-friendly cities and there are plenty of cycle racks on campus.

Additionally, the International Students’ Association (ISA) is a student group at the university which exists to represent international students’ interests, run social events and offer support.

Careers at the University of York

York’s Careers and Placement Teams support you every step of the way. You can access tailored support and advice to create a well-thought-out career journey.

All students can take part in the award-winning York Strengths Programme. This carefully crafted programme helps you identify your strengths and stand out to employers. York Futures, York’s award-winning employability programme, also offers a range of activities to help undergraduate students understand their options and plan for a career they’ll thrive in.

You also have many opportunities to network with employers and gain valuable professional experience through career fairs, employer-led events, network meetings, placements, studying abroad, internships or volunteering. These experiences enhance students’ global perspectives, making them stand out as exceptional candidates to employers around the world.

After graduation, you join York for Life, a dynamic community of over 135,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. All alumni maintain lifelong access to the University’s careers support and global networking opportunities. Masters discounts are also available for those wishing to explore further study.

City Life at the University of York

York is a contemporary, student-friendly city, renowned for its rich history and heritage. With a population of over 200,000, it’s a buzzing city that’s big enough to feel vibrant and small enough to feel like home.

The university’s idyllic parkland campus is within walking distance of the bustling city centre, which means you can enjoy the best of both worlds. York’s central location is perfect for exploring other UK and European cities. London is only two hours away by train and you can reach Edinburgh in two and a half hours. The beautiful Yorkshire countryside and coastline are also on York’s doorstep. The university’s Students’ Union often arranges trips to cities, national parks and the coast.

Major retail chains and independent stores share York’s iconic medieval streets. And if you need a bite to eat, the city boasts a thriving street food scene, high-quality restaurants and quirky coffee shops.

York is a great place to raise a family. It has high-performing schools and a wealth of activities and welcoming spaces for you to enjoy. Have a picnic in the Museum Gardens or stroll around Rowntree Park, with its play parks and café, and enjoy fantastic views of York Minster from Dean’s Park.

Student Support at the University of York

Moving to another country can be daunting, but the University of York offers plenty of help. From mental health support to financial advice, the university’s network of support services is there to help students get the best out of their time at university.

The university has dedicated international student support to provide vital help to students coming from overseas. This ranges from advice on visas and healthcare to opening bank accounts and organising travel. Additionally, there is a free airport collection service, facilities to practice faith and more.

There’s a healthcare centre close to campus which offers GP appointments and a repeat prescription service. York’s Open Door team, consisting of mental health practitioners and student wellbeing officers, provide support to registered students experiencing psychological or mental health difficulties. They can work with the NHS, the GP or other services if students are receiving therapeutic or medical help for a long-term condition.

Each student is designated an academic supervisor who can be contacted for support. Supervisors advise students on their academic progress and can help with personal development. Students can also access free skills advice through the Academic Skills Community which provides online resources, workshops and 1:1 support in areas like English and Maths.

Help with personal matters, academic issues and the transition to university life is also available from staff within the colleges, the Student Hub and the Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre.

Student Accommodation at the University of York

All accommodation at the University of York is located on or very near campus and is centred around eleven colleges. Each college has a welcoming, supportive community so that you will soon feel at home.

Your college will provide you with a network of support, friendship, facilities, and a full calendar of events and activities to help you settle in. There are also a variety of room types and options to suit every budget.

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Facilities at the University of York

The University of York is home to a range of facilities to help students unwind including their very own student-run theatre and cinema, while its free open lectures and exhibitions also offer you an opportunity to hear about research.

The university’s main campus library holds more than one million print books, as well as printed and digital journals. It also offers a range of study areas from silent study zones to innovative thinking spaces. There’s also access to several specialist libraries on campus and in the city centre.

Sports & Clubs at the University of York

There are over 200 student-run societies and over 60 sports clubs for you to get involved in at the University of York. Their award-winning sports facilities are recognised as some of the best in the region, helping students to unwind and stay healthy.

Facilities include a competition-standard swimming pool, floodlit 3G football pitches, an Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome, a floodlit road cycle circuit, an athletics stadium and 39 acres of grass playing fields.

Sustainability at the University of York

As an institution with local roots and global reach and at the leading edge of research and knowledge, sustainability is a key element of the University of York’s responsibilities and values.

Sustainability at the University of York


Ranked 15th in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2024)

2nd safest city in the UK according to industry body, Get Licenced in their 2023 review


Additional Scholarship Options

The University of York offers scholarships, bursaries and other funding to help students with tuition fees and living expenses. Click here to learn more.

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