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Anne Lister College

Welcome to Anne Lister College!

We’re the first of the University of York’s colleges to be named after a woman, as well as someone who was part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Located on Campus East, we’ll be home to almost 800 residents when our college is fully completed in September 2022. We hope our students follow in Anne Lister’s footsteps - by being broad in their knowledge and prolific in the pursuit of it, while being unashamedly themselves.

New student arrivals

We’re looking forward to you joining us here at Anne Lister College! Here’s how to prepare and what happens next.

Arriving at Anne Lister

Contact and support

Anne Lister’s team of staff and students are here to offer support and guidance.

College facilities

Useful information on facilities such as laundry, post, receptions and more.

Get involved

What's on

See what’s going on at Anne Lister or, if you’re feeling inspired, create your own event for college members.

College sport

Learn something new, practise an existing skill or meet new friends by joining in with college sport.

College music

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


The first of our 348 ensuite rooms are open for upper year students and postgraduates, with more opening in the future for undergraduates too. 

Anne Lister accommodation

The project

Anne Lister College is part of a project to create 1,400 new student bedrooms on Campus East, together with flexible social spaces. Follow the project progress here.

The Anne Lister project

The Life and Legacy of Anne Lister

For the opening of Anne Lister College, we were delighted to welcome a panel of experts to explore Anne's life and legacy, and the experience of making Gentleman Jack, the TV series exploring Anne's story. Our panel included:

  • Laurie Shannon (Professor of English Literature at Northwestern and coordinator of the Anne Lister Society)
  • Sally Wainwright (BAFTA award-winning television writer, producer, and director and creator of the TV series Gentleman Jack)
  • Gary Brannan (Keeper of Archives at the Borthwick, where a copy of Anne Lister's will is housed)
  • (Chair) Emma Barnett (main presenter of Woman's Hour and regular presenter on Newsnight).