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Arrivals 2020

Arrival dates for September 2020

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Langwith College!


Contiunuing students - 12 September

Postgraduates - 19 to 21 September

International and EU 1st year undergraduates - 24 September.  


UK 1st year undergraduates and International pre-sessional students

This year, due to Covid-19, we have to change the way we run undergraduate arrivals to make sure we keep students and staff safe and comfortable while they’re moving to University. 

Arrivals will be spread out over 4 days, to allow for necessary social distancing. Each block will have a designated day to move in, and the days for Langwith College blocks are:


Saturday 26th - Philip Brockbank

Sunday 27th - Sydney Smith

Monday 28th - Gordon and Francesca Horsfield

Tuesday 29th - John West Taylor


When you arrive there will be student helpers (STYCs) to direct you to the check in desk, where College staff will give you your keys and welcome you, and then direct you to your accommodation. There will be staggered arrival times to allow us to keep numbers on campus at an appropriate level. 

There will be sanitising stations in the College should you require them. We ask that you wear a face covering when you come to collect your keys. We also ask that you only bring one family member (or supporter) into the block to help you move belongings, again so that we can keep numbers at the appropriate levels and protect all students, staff and visitors on the day. 

Over the first week, the College and Students’ Unions will have a programme of welcome activities, led by the student committees, to welcome new students and introduce students to their new flatmates. 

We will send out links to book your specific arrivals slot once your room number has been confirmed, in our pre-arrivals email. These go to your University of York email address, so please check there. 

What if I can't arrive on the date specified?

Due to UK restrictions and Government guidance, we will not be able to swap your move-in dates, as this would lead to overcrowding and put students and staff at risk. In certain exceptional circumstances, we may be able to allocate you a later arrival day.

However, some academic commitments are likely to begin from Wednesday 30th September and so by selecting a later date you may miss important academic induction activity.

By choosing a later date, we will also be unable to offer all of the welcome activities to you that are provided to students, as these are timed around our agreed arrivals dates. 

To request a later date, please complete this form before Monday 14th September. 


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.  Please contact if to tell them if you will need to arrive early.

Please note if you are an international student progressing from a University of York pre-sessional course onto a new undergraduate course you should arrive with the new UK undergraduates (see dates above and book an arrival slot).


Getting to Langwith

Welcome from the College Manager



I'm Jonny, the College Manager. I manage the day-to-day running of the College; support the wellbeing of College members; and I also organise and support events and activity in the College. It's my full-time job to help make Langwith a fun and respectful community in which you are encouraged to try new activities, develop new skills and most importantly feel at home!

From the end of August, I along with other members of the College Team and the Langwith College Student Association (LCSA), will be sending you some key bits of information in our weekly newsletter email. Please look out for these and make sure you read them, as they include information on everything you need to know in order to make the most of your time as a member of our community as well as important information about arrivals day!  In the meantime you can find out more about the College by following links on these webpages, the LCSA webpage, or by joining our Facebook Group and Freshers Event page.

These emails will start to go to your new University of York email address, so it is important that you check this regularly once you have access to it.

If you are a joining us as a resident student, you will find out your room number in September, which is when you'll be able to find your new flatmates, your STYCs (Second and Third Year Contacts) and your STYM (Second and Third Year Mentor).

If you miss any of our weekly emails you will be able to find them here:

1. Welcome

2. Welcome to Langwith College

3. Two weeks to go!

4. Information for Postgraduate students


What to Bring

What to Bring

Check out what essentials you need to bring with you.

If you wish to coordinate your belongings with your room, the colour schemes are given below.

Philip Brockbank Court A/B:

  • Walls: White
  • Pin boards: Purple
  • Curtains: Purple

Sydney Smith Houses B/C, John West Taylor Houses A/C:

  • Walls: White
  • Pin boards: Yellow
  • Curtains: Yellow  

G&F Horsfield Block A, Sydney Smith Block A:

  • Walls: White with Light Blue feature wall
  • Pin boards: Blue
  • Curtains: Blue

G&F Horsfield Block B, John West Taylor Block B:

  • Walls: White with Light Orange feature wall
  • Pin boards: Orange
  • Curtains: Orange




STYCs (Second and Third Year Contacts) are second and third year students that have signed up to help you settle in to university life. As continuing students, they know all the ins-and-outs of student life in Langwith and at the University so they can show you how great student life in York is!

Head STYCs

Head STYCs are in charge of the residential blocks on-campus during arrivals week. They organise the STYCs in that block and take care of more serious welfare issues. While your STYCs are your first point of contact, you can get in touch with your Head STYCs at any time if you have any questions. Their emails and numbers will be on a poster in your house when you move in!


Second and Third Year Mentors (STYMS)

STYMs, also known as Second and Third Year Mentors, help new students to settle in, adjust to independent living/study and take advantage of the opportunities open to them at York. 

All Fresher's will have STYMs looking after their house.  Your STYMS will be a point of contact throughout the year to aid your transition into the college community. They will check in with your house, in person and occasionally by email, throughout the year, provide information about campus life, opportunities in Langwith, YUSU and different support services that the university has for students. 


Postgraduate Langwithians


All college events and activities are open to postgraduates as well as undergraduates.  Our Postgraduates can also become associate members of Wentworth College (the University's postgraduate college).  This means they will receive the Wentworth College newsletter, and can attend any Wentworth College events.

To keep up to date with key postgraduate events throughout the University, take a look at the GSA website