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Buildings and facilities

The Department of Biology at York has some amazing facilities, from our labs to our teaching spaces, there’s a learning space to suit everyone.

Finding your way

Navigating the Department of Biology isn’t always the easiest task, especially when you’re new. Luckily there’s a few resources to help you find your way around. Apps such as Google Maps and Apple Maps are great to find your way to the department from wherever your accommodation may be.

Our address is: Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York, YO10 5DD, UK

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Once you have an idea where the department is, the campus map and MyUoY app can help you to find your way around. You’re able to enter building names as well as room numbers to find exactly where they are. On your timetable, each class will have details of the location, for example “B/M/023”. You can type or copy and paste this into the campus map, and the exact room location and its floor will be shown to you, as well as a detailed description of how to get there. 

You may also find this accessible map useful, it shows a variety of frequently used classroom locations as well as lift and stair access points.

If you’re still struggling to find your way around, the reception desk is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4pm on Fridays, and they will be able to help point you in the right direction.

Teaching spaces

The department has many different teaching spaces, which have been designed to try and accommodate as many different learning styles and types as possible.

Lecture theatres

Our large-capacity lecture theatres, such as B/K/018, are tiered to give good views and are fitted with REPLAY technology. This means you can access recordings of lectures after they have occurred, in case you wish to use them for revision purposes.

Flexible learning spaces

We have flexible learning rooms of various sizes, with our most commonly used one being B/T/005, The John Currey Room. This is where many workshops will be held due to its flexible setup options and three large projector screens. 

Computer labs

There are several computer labs in the department, such as B/R/012. The PCs are set up with all the relevant software you may need to use in your degree, such as RStudio for coding. It also has projectors and a microphone setup, allowing lecturers to show live narrated demonstrations to students.


We have lots of high-tech labs for you to use for your practical sessions, with all the relevant technology and equipment you may need to carry out your research and experiments, as can be seen in B/R/212. These spaces require you to follow certain rules, such as wearing your lab coat, no food and drink, placing bags and jackets in the cupboards under the lab benches, and signing/scanning the attendance sheet.

Study spaces

All biology students also have access to the Creative Lounge and the Think Tank, which are located on the second floor of T block. The Creative Lounge has several study pods with comfortable seating suitable for individual or group work, as well as tables and chairs, plus some sofas and coffee tables. There’s also a small kitchen with a microwave and hot water, so students can bring their own food and heat it up.

The Think Tank is a bookable space, just off the Creative Lounge with the additional bonus of a large screen that can be connected to various devices for presentations. The atrium also has tables that students can work at, as well as some sofas and benches.

Classrooms and study spaces are also available for students to use if they are empty at ten minutes past the hour until the next hour, as it indicates that the room is likely not booked, and therefore can be used.

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