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Our colleges

York is one of a handful of UK universities with a collegiate system.

When you join us you’ll be part of one of our nine colleges, where you’ll most likely live in your first year and sometimes beyond.

More than accommodation


Throughout your time at York, your college will enrich your experience and ensure you’re part of a community.

They’re where you’ll meet friends and develop skills and interests outside of your course. You’ll meet students and staff of all ages, nationalities and disciplines. A full calendar of student-led events and activities will help you settle in, meet people and explore new or existing interests. 

Your college will help you feel at home and overcome challenges by giving you tools to become more independent, resilient and self-reliant.

You can be part of college life whether or not you live on campus and whatever your year of study.


Enhance your academic experience, gain new skills outside your course and develop your leadership skills.

College life offers you the opportunity to lead and develop, through clubs, sports teams and volunteering. You can gain recognition for your extra-curricular achievements through the College Awards, run by students in collaboration with the Careers team.

Explore our colleges

Our colleges provide a diverse community. They cultivate academic curiosity, develop your skills, employability and they support your health and wellbeing. Yet history, people, culture, traditions, location and facilities make each college distinct. Explore what each college has to offer:

College membership fee

All students starting a full-time degree programme are required to make a one-off payment for college membership which helps to fund activities.

  • £30 for students on a course lasting three years or more
  • £20 for students on a two-year course
  • £10 for students on a one-year course and for visiting students

"When I came from abroad the amazing people in Alcuin welcomed me with open arms and made my stay in York amazing."

Ica Foglia, Alcuin
Education/Language and Linguistic Science

"I joined the Vanbrugh Chamber Choir, who performed three concerts in various locations throughout the year. It was a great way to meet new people."

Conor Flanagan, Vanbrugh

"Playing for a college tennis team allowed me to play against other colleges in an official league but the atmosphere and goal was always to have fun."

Jacob Turner, Constantine


Find out about rooms, prices and applying for accommodation.

College life

The College Facebook and Twitter pages will also give you an idea of their different personalities.