Before you arrive

Your room number

Accommodation services will email you your room code in September, which includes your room number and block. If you have any queries, get in touch with the Accommodation team.

  • The letters at the start tell you which building the room is in
  • The next letter is your block/court
  • The number is your room number
  • The first digit of your room number is your floor: (0 is Ground Floor, 1 is First Floor etc.)
  • If you're in house style blocks (A-F), the second digit is your house number (0 = House 1, 1 = House 2 etc)

For example: J/B/104 is B Block, House 1, First Floor, Room number 104. J/F/114 is F Block, House 2, First Floor, Room number 114.

When to arrive

We’ll email your University account to let you know which day to arrive on and invite you to book a time slot once your room number has been confirmed.

Arrivals day

1. Getting here

You can find travel information on the maps, directions and parking web pages.

Car travel

The Campus South car park is next to James College. We recommend that you leave your luggage in your car until you’ve collected your key card and received your welcome information from our college team.

2. Meet STYCs and collect keys

On arrival, you’ll be greeted by our Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs), recognisable by their black James t-shirts. They’ll show you where to go and can answer any questions.

Your STYC will direct you to pick up your key card and student ID, and be greeted by our college staff. Don’t forget to bring a photo ID with you.

If you’ve booked an arrival time after 5pm, you should collect your keycard from the reception in the Roger Kirk Centre.

3. Move into your room

Once you have your key card, a STYC or STYM (student mentor) will take you to your accommodation. 

If you arrive by car, now’s the time to unload your belongings.

4. Say hi to your flatmates

Once you’ve sorted out your things and are starting to feel a little more at home, why not say hi to your flatmates once they’re done too? Your kitchen is the place to do so. 

Your flat’s STYMs will also be in touch to keep you updated on what will happen in the weeks ahead.

Keeping up to date

We’ll email you with information to help prepare you for the start of term. This will be sent to your University of York email account. If you miss any emails, you can find them below

Your first week

During the first week, James College and our Students’ Union will put on a programme of welcome activities, led by the student committees, to introduce you to the college, get to know your housemates and begin your new university adventure.

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