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At York, we want you to have an unrivalled experience – you just have to take part in what's on offer. You'll make friends for life, discover new passions and learn invaluable skills that will set you up for a bright future. Discover why you'll love York.

 “What’s so fantastic about York is the huge variety of activities available; one day you’ll be playing underwater hockey and the next you’ll be campaigning for LGBTQ rights. University is so much more than just a degree, it’s also about the people you meet and the experiences you have.”

Ben Leatham, YUSU President 2015 - 2016.

Campus and city living

Our safe and inclusive campus environment and our student-friendly city provide everything you need to make the most of your university experience.

Top tip: take a look at Duck of the Day (facebook.com) to get a taste of the wildlife on campus!

The city of York

Lively, full of culture and beautiful, York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.


Be right at the heart of the action. Choose from a range of room types on or very near to campus.

College life

You’ll become a member of a small, distinct community - your home from home whether you live on or off campus.

Try something new

Make the most of your university experience. Trying new activities is a great way to meet people, have fun and develop your skills.

Student societies

York has over 180 student societies, all organised by and for students, or you can always start your own.

Sport and fitness

Choose from over 60 sports clubs, play for your college team, or sign up with the fitness centre.

Culture and entertainment

Watch, listen or perform. Audition for the Jazz Orchestra, sing with the Rock Gospel Choir - there's lots to choose from.

Student media

Write, produce, direct or broadcast with our award-winning student media.

Study abroad

Broaden your horizons at one of our partner universities worldwide.


Give something back and boost your skill set through volunteering.

Learn a language

Prepare for an international placement, enhance your CV, or simply learn for fun.

Student voices

Who better to tell you about York life than our students. Look out for the student perspective throughout these pages, or delve straight into our student blogs - Student voices.


York is located in the North of England. It's easy to get to from anywhere in the world, with great rail links and airports nearby. So you'll never be far from exploring other major UK cities, or from catching up with friends at other universities. 

Your support network

Our support network is here to help you get the best from your time at York.

Get a headstart to a brighter future

Whatever you plan to do after your graduate, we can help you stand out from the crowd. We offer a wealth of opportunities and advice that will support your career ambitions.

Tap into our global employer and recruiter networks. Take advantage of our graduate mentoring scheme. Reap the benefits of our award-winning personal development, training and placement schemes.


You can meet top employers at our recruitment fairs held regularly on campus.

Cost of living

To earn extra cash, you could become a Student Ambassador and work at events such as Open Days.

Knowing you have your finances under control means you can relax and enjoy your studies. To help you plan your budget before you get here, take a look at our living cost guides. During your studies you can also earn extra cash by taking an internship or a part-time job.

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Getting around

Find out about getting around campus and the city.

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Food and drink

There are lots of places to eat and drink on campus.

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Term dates

Find out about how the academic year is structured.

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Campus map

Explore where things are on our compact green campus.

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