Your wellbeing

Starting (or even returning to) University can be an exciting but daunting prospect.  We understand that, for most people, coming to university is a major life change which can bring with it new types of stress, unfamiliar feelings and occasionally unfamiliar behaviours. A feeling of homesickness is one very common example.

The College has a lot of experienced people who can help you when things go wrong or if you feel you need a bit more support. You can talk to the College Tutors (e-mail or any of the other members of the College Team. They are here to help and not easily embarrassed or surprised. 

In addition to the College Team, the University has support services covering everything from budgeting to health and wellbeing. 

If you need psychological and mental health support there is the Open Door TeamThe Open Door is a team of professionals providing support to registered students experiencing psychological or mental health difficulties. They work Monday to Friday during office hours.

Finally, YUSU runs Nightline, which provides a confidential listening service from 8pm to 8am.

Why not join a society?


We encourage you to explore activities outside your studies while you're here. The University of York Students' Union (YUSU) offers over 180 student societies to explore. Joining a society is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. You can indulge in interests you already have, or take the plunge and try something completely new. Along the way, you can develop skills highly valued by employers. Browse the full list of societies and find one that you think would be perfect for you.

Complaints procedure

Any complaints relating to welfare issues should be reported to the College Administrator, Paula Mountain-Agar ( or Assistant Head of College, Sarah Hay (

Contact the College Team