An MChem with a Year in Industry Student

Stan England, Year 2

As a lover of home comforts, moving to university was a really big step for me, and naturally quite a nerve-wracking.

Upon arrival, after a busy few hours trying to sort out my room and get some shopping in, I was feeling much more relaxed and began getting to know my fellow housemates.

The teaching colleges at York give a nice community feel to the learning - in particular, college workshops are a great way for small groups to work together to better understand what has been taught in lectures

Freshers’ Week was a great opportunity to enjoy my first taste of independence – it was great meeting so many new people; getting a little look around York; and, of course, getting my first flavour of life as a chemistry student.‌

During the daytime, the Department gave us plenty to be doing, including introductory lectures, meeting your personal supervisor for the first time, and meeting with your teaching college!

Some of my closest friends at university are friends that I’ve made in my college.

Labs are, naturally, one of the most daunting aspects for new students.

With basically no lab experience prior to arriving in York, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Thankfully, we had a fantastic, friendly PhD student who stayed with us during our first few weeks in the lab and was always on hand to help us out when we needed it.

The teaching labs are fantastic, and very modern, and the staff always try their best to make sure everyone gets the most out of practicals.

The City of York is, without doubt, one of the nicest places to live in the UK; indeed, The Guardian named it the BEST place to live in the UK!‌

With both Viking and Roman history, the beautiful York Minster (free for students to enter), and over 300 pubs and restaurants to visit, there’s something for everyone in York.

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The Heslington campuses are far enough away from the city that we have our own little community, but we are only a ten-minute bus ride, or a twenty-five-minute walk away from the city – so it’s not completely secluded.

In short, York is one of the best places in the country to live, and study. I’m so lucky to be a student here.