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Derwent College

Welcome to Derwent College!

One of York’s founding colleges, we’re named after the River Derwent and are home to around 600 residents and 2,200 student members who are all “Derwent ‘til they die”!

We’re also one of the most beautifully situated colleges at the University, surrounded by wide open lawns, a picturesque lake and plenty of wonderful waterfowl.

Once home to York's most famous campus resident, Long Boi, our community of ducks, geese, swans and moorhens always welcome a visit (and birdseed) from a friend.

Contact us

Derwent College
+44 (0)1904 32 3513
Derwent College, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

What I like most about Derwent is the contrast between the unassuming, grey square buildings and the buzzing life inside. Derwent has the best spirit; we consistently rally together supporting each other's aspirations and I am so lucky to be a part of it!

Georgina, Biology

Derwent college stycs carrying boxes

New student arrivals

We can’t wait for you to join us here at Derwent and we hope you feel the same! Here’s what happens next and some tips so that you can prepare.

Joining Derwent College

Contact and support

Derwent’s dedicated team is here to support you and show you where to if required.

College facilities

Useful information on laundry, post, receptions and other facilities at Derwent.

Get involved

What's on

Browse upcoming events and find something fun or interesting to do with other college members - or create your own!

College sport

Support our teams, learn a new skill or grow an existing one by getting involved in college sport.

College music

Sign up to the College Music Scheme and gain access to practice rooms, equipment and more musical clubs and activities.

Derwent merch

Show your Derwent pride by wearing our college colours. Merch is designed, ordered and sold by the student committee. Find out what’s available and request items by filling out our merch form.

Get your Derwent look


Our Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs) and Mentors (STYMs) kindly volunteer their time to welcome new Derwent members and help them adjust to their first year.

Find out about STYCs and STYMs


Even though you’ve departed our lovely campus, you’ll always be part of our Derwent family. Find out how to keep in contact with past students and give back to your college.

Information for Alumni

Contact us

Derwent College
+44 (0)1904 32 3513
Derwent College, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD