New students

Congratulations on getting a place at York, and on becoming a member of James College! Below is all the arrivals information you need to know for moving in to your new room.

Arrival dates: September 2019

  • Continuing students: Saturday 14 September
  • First year EU and International students: Friday 27 September
  • First year UK students: Sunday 29 September

We look forward to welcoming you. Please note that rooms will not be available prior to your arrival date, so please do not arrive early! If you need accommodation in York before your arrival date, please contact York Tourist Information.

Moving in

Home Undergraduates

You'll be able to collect your keys from 9.30am on Sunday 29 September. Please don't arrive before this.

Once you arrive, you'll be greeted by some of our STYCs (Second and Third Year Contacts), as well as the College Team, in James Hall. As well as collecting your keys, you'll be given a welcome pack full of information. Whilst in the hall, you'll be able to pick up your Freshers' Week wristband and bag (if you've bought a ticket), and collect any merchandise you've pre-ordered, or buy some for cash. If you have any questions or concerns, you'll be able to talk with a member of the College Team at this point.

Once you're finished in the hall, your STYCs will give you a hand unloading your belongings and settling into your room. Throughout the day at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm, the College holds a Welcome Talk for parents/carers, so please encourage your family to attend.

At 4.30pm there is the full welcome talk for new students, which everyone has to attend. Following that, you get a free welcome meal, and then the JCRC puts on an all-college event on campus.

EU and International Undergraduates

Upon arrival at James College Reception, you will be met by some of our student volunteers, who will show you to your room and inform you about all our welcome activities.

Continuing students

You can collect your keys from James College Reception from Saturday 14 September.

Non-resident new members

If you're a local and commuting student studying in a department on Campus West (other than HYMS or Health Sciences), you will be a member of James College. See our Local & Commuting Students page for more information.

Even if you're not living on campus, you are still encouraged to use all the College facilities. If you need help finding accommodation in York, you can contact the Accommodation Office.

All new students are welcome to participate in Freshers' Week activities. 

STYC system

STYCs (Second and Third Year Contacts) are our college welcome team. They are 300 current students who volunteer their time and energy to help you settle in - from carrying your bags to your room and showing you around campus to advice on the best places to eat and drink in the city.

Each kitchen is assigned a number of STYCs who you'll get to know throughout Freshers' Week (if you don't live on campus, don't worry - you'll still get some STYCS!). Whether you enjoying clubbing, pubbing, watching movies or playing games, there will be STYCs available to help you find your way around the college, campus and city, and to help you make new friends along the way.

Freshers' Week

Freshers' Week begins the moment you arrive, and lasts until the following weekend.

The point of Freshers' Week is to help you settle into university life, to find your way around campus and the city, and to make friends in your college and on your course. You may have some academic commitments in Freshers' Week; make sure you pay attention to any emails from your Department.

Whether you like bars or pubs, clubs or cinemas (or none of the above), your James College Freshers' Week is designed to offer something for everyone. More details will be released soon, but rest assured that your student-run JCRC have been working hard to provide you with the best introduction to uni life.

In order to attend James College Freshers' Week events, you'll need to buy a ticket. Keep an eye on your email and Facebook for details when they are released.

For Freshers' Week, the JCRC have put together a bag full of handy items. Each night will have themes and it is up to you to decide how involved you get with the dress code. Please note that you are not expected to spend a large amount of money on costumes - some basics (like face paint) will be provided in your bag!

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Natalie Carter

Arriving at York is an exciting experience and it's made so much easier with the warm welcome you receive from James College staff and students who help with answering all your questions, showing you around and even helping you move in!"

- Natalie, 4th Year Environmental Geography

Being a member of James College means that I always know where to go if I need help. If it's something wrong with my course, my health or anything else."

- James, 3rd Year Physics