The College system is a major part of the student experience at York. Students live in a College for their first year at York and remain part of the College community throughout their time here.
Each of the eight Colleges has its own distinctive identity, atmosphere, facilities and history.
The Colleges are a focus for our community, both past and present. They have always been an important part of the experience of York, as our alumni will testify.
Alcuin promotes enterprise and celebrates its spirit of adventure and innovation. The Departments of Economics, Health Sciences and Social Policy and Social Work are based here.
Halifax is the youngest and largest college with almost 1000 students - UK and international postgraduates, undergraduates, and students with families. It has a reputation for its sporting prowess.
Vanbrugh fosters the arts, especially music-making, and has close connections with York Minster. It is home to the Departments of History and History of Art.
Derwent is one of the oldest colleges. It is famous for its annual party, Big D, the largest student event on campus. It houses the Departments of Politics and Philosophy.
James College celebrates the international diversity of its students and offers opportunities for cultural exchange. Set in quads, the lakeside college has a cafe, bar and is the closest to the sports centre. It hosts an annual Quad Dash, campus-wide Photography Competition and International Fiesta.
Wentworth is the postgraduate college and has many facilities to support them, including the Graduate Students Association. The Department of Sociology is located here.
Goodricke students have a pioneering spirit, demonstrated by being the first residents of the campus expansion on Heslington East, in a beautiful new building.
Langwith is one of the University's two oldest colleges however in 2012 it was relocated to a brand new development on the Heslington East campus. The college has a reputation for artistic links and a strong community spirit.