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Each college has its own history and character, but they all provide the same services and opportunities. Your college is your foundation for getting involved in campus life and a gateway to exploring the wider university community.

As well as accommodation, social spaces and facilities like laundrettes, each college has a team of staff and student volunteers dedicated to supporting you as you settle in and make the transition to independent living and study. With diverse residents and a student-led ethos, colleges are a great place to meet new friends, explore new interests and challenge yourself to learn new skills.

Student wellbeing

Colleges are managed by a dedicated team of staff who are here for you throughout your time at York. They help you learn to manage your wellbeing, develop the skills needed to overcome challenges, and seize the opportunities of university life. If there’s a problem you can’t solve on your own, they are able to provide coaching and guidance, or help you access the right support and information. Contact your college wellbeing team.

Activities and sports

Throughout the year, your college provides lots of ways to try something different and meet fellow students, with regular events such as quizzes, trips, parties, volunteering activities and film and TV nights. You can even get involved in your college student committee and run events yourself.

Every college is home to an array of sports teams who compete against other colleges every week. With an average of 20 teams playing more than 13 different sports in each college, college sport is a great way to get active and meet people, whatever your experience or skill level.

Friendly faces

From arrivals day to the end of Freshers’ Week, new undergraduates are guided by a team of Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs). STYCs are older students from your college who help you to move in and make the best start to university life.

After Freshers’ Week, Second and Third Year Mentors (STYMs) take over and provide a friendly face and regular point of contact for questions, queries and concerns throughout your first year at York.