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David Kato College

Welcome to David Kato College!

David Kato College is our newest college and is part of the new residences development on Campus East, alongside its close neighbour Anne Lister College.  

Set to open in September 2022, David Kato College will be home to around 700 students when complete. 

The modern development offers brand new accommodation and flexible social spaces. The college itself has been specifically designed to optimise views of the beautiful landscape and the surrounding lake on Campus East.

Roles are available for STYCs, STYMs and our Founding Committee. Find out how you can apply and get involved.

Latest news

Take a look behind the scenes as we begin to get the college up and running.

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Contact and support

David Kato’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.

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What's on

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

College sport

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College music

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


There will be 690 ensuite rooms which surround a central hub containing social spaces, a communal kitchen (in addition to the one in your flat), study spaces and quiet rooms.

David Kato accommodation

The project

David Kato 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 David Kato project

The life and legacy of David Kato

David Kato was a Ugandan human rights defender and gay rights activist that had a significant impact on the rights of LGBT+ people in Uganda. In 2010, David Kato came to the University of York for six months as a Protective Fellow on the Human Rights Defenders Programme at the Centre for Applied Human Rights. Shortly after his time in York, David returned home but was murdered in 2011.

As a University of Sanctuary, we are proud to honour his life and legacy by naming our newest college in his memory.

Find out about David Kato’s activism and impact

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