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Colleges at York

Whether you live on or off campus, every student at York is a member of one of our 11 colleges.

Each college has its own history and character, but they're all here to provide the same thing; colleges are your foundation for getting involved in campus life and a gateway to exploring the wider university community.

With a team of staff and student volunteers, colleges are your first point of support and guidance. They're somewhere to foster a sense of belonging upon arrival, make friends and try out new things.

Friendly faces

From student volunteers who greet you upon arrival and see you through your first year, to experienced teams of college staff, there's always someone on hand who's happy to help.

Support and guidance

Our colleges' dedicated team of staff and student helpers are on hand to talk to, offer support and guidance and point you in the right direction when further expertise is needed.

Somewhere to belong

Colleges make the transition to university life smoother by providing a smaller community within the larger university, in which to make new friends and get involved in university life.

Sport, music, activities and events

As well as providing their own host of activities and events, each college is home to its own sporting teams, while the College Music Scheme provides resources and events for the musically minded.

Accommodation, catering and social space

Each college has accommodation for a number of their student members. They're also home to catering outlets, social spaces and their own junior common rooms for members to relax in and enjoy.

A place to challenge yourself

Get involved by running for a position on the college committee and delivering campaigns, coordinate college sports teams and socials, or arrange activities and events for your fellow members.

Find out about

College sport

If you're looking to get into sport, your college is the place to start; whether it's progressing a skill or trying something new.

College Music Scheme

Join the College Music Scheme to access the instrument lending library, practice rooms, recording studio and other musical activities.


Our Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs) and Mentors (STYMs) volunteer to support new students during their first year.