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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 for September 2020

International and EU 1st year undergraduates - 24 September

UK 1st year undergraduates and International pre-sessional students - between 26 and 29 September. Your exact arrivals date will be based on your residence, and you will be notified once your accommodation is confirmed.

You will need to book an arrivals slot if arriving on these main arrivals days.  Bookings will open in September once your accommodation and college have been confirmed.

Travelling from outside the UK?

For any student travelling from abroad who has booked University accommodation and is told to isolate (quarantine), we are offering free accommodation for the two weeks before the arrival dates listed above.

Moving in

Home Undergraduates

You will be given your arrivals day nearer the time.

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. While in the hall, you'll be able to pick up your welcome pack, 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. 

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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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