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Vanbrugh College

Welcome to Vanbrugh College!

We’re named after the architect and dramatist Sir John Vanbrugh who, despite once being imprisoned in the Bastille, and having faced scathing criticism for his raunchy restoration comedies, achieved great success through his sharp sense of humour and willingness to challenge accepted ideas. In this way he’s an excellent role model for students in our college: ambitious, creative, provocative and occasionally outrageous!

We’re home to over 2,000 student members, around 600 of which live on campus and many more who live in York and the surrounding area.

Contact us

Vanbrugh College
+44 (0)1904 323213
Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK

Vanbrugh Courts are not just residence blocks. They are homes away from home, named for people whose dedication to the University have left a legacy for all future students.

Allen Warren

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New student arrivals

We’re happy to have you join our Vanbrugh family! Here’s how to prepare for arriving at our college and what will happen next.

Joining Vanbrugh College

Contact and support

Our team of Vanbrugh staff and student volunteers are to offer support and guidance

College facilities

Useful information on facilities such as laundry, post, receptions and more.

Get involved

What's on

Take a look at what’s going on at Vanbrugh or, if you’re feeling inspired, create your own event for college members.

College sport

Whether you want to show your support, learn a sport or take your skills up a level, sport starts at your college.

College music

Sign up to the College Music Scheme to gain access to our practice rooms, our instrument lending library and other musical activities.

Vanbrugh merch

Add some Vanbrugh style to your wardrobe with your very own college merch. If there’s something you’d like to see that isn’t available, contact your student committee who may be able to help!

Get some Vanbrugh fashion


Our awesome Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs) and Mentors (STYMs) volunteer their time to welcome new members to Vanbrugh and get them off to a good start.

Find out about STYCs and STYMs


While you may have left our campus, you’ll never stop being a part of Vanbrugh College! Here’s how to keep in touch and give back to your college if you’d like to.

Information for Alumni

Contact us

Vanbrugh College
+44 (0)1904 323213
Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK