New Students: Welcome!

Congratulations on being awarded a place to study at the University of York and welcome to Vanbrugh College.

Your College is your community from the moment you join the University to your graduation and beyond as you become alumni of Vanbrugh College.

Going to University is a big step for some and is a transformation for most. For new Vanbrugh College students we aim to make the experience a very positive one. A College is an environment in which to flourish, to make friends, to study, to be inspired and to learn and grow throughout this period of your education, and we are glad you have chosen Vanbrugh as your new community.

As a new student you are probably overwhelmed with information at the moment and have a lot to plan.  Whatever stage of that journey you are at, you will find advice throughout these webpages and in emails that will be sent to your University email address.

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Arrival Dates: September 2019

Undergraduate 2nd/3rd year Returners - If you have a Continuing Student Room with a 44 week let then you can move in any time after September 14th, 2019.  Pick up your room key from Vanbrugh Reception which is located in the Information Centre and is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Please bring your student card or other photo ID. 

Postgraduates - Postgraduates can arrive from Monday September 23rd, 2019.  

NEW International/EU 1st Year Undergraduate Residents - From 11:00 on Friday September 27th, 2019.

Please have photo ID and pick up your keys from Vanbrugh Reception which is located in the Information Centre and is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you are arriving on Saturday, September 28th then please see the instructions below. 

Note - if you are an International Student progressing from a University of York pre-sessional course onto a new undergraduate course you should arrive on Saturday September 28th, 2019.

Home 1st Year Undergraduates - Saturday September 28th, 2019. In order to help make the process go smoother - please book an arrivals slot for your residence (see links below) and bring photo ID. 

Fairfax House Residents: 09:00-11:30 (at Fairfax House). Your room code will be FX/ Please book a Fairfax House arrivals slot. 

  • The Address of Fairfax House is 99 Heslington Road, YO10 5BJ. Please go directly to the house to pick up your keys and unload your belongings. 
  • Note: if you will be arriving after 11:30 am then please pick up your keys at Vanbrugh Reception after 12:00 (located in the Information Centre) and then procede down to the Vanbrugh Dining Room to collect the rest of your Arrivals material.   
  • Please join the Fairfax Facebook Group; it will be managed by the Second and Third Year Students (many of whom have lived in Fairfax House previously).  

Eric Milner White and Le Page Court Residents (catered/shared bath/economy rooms): 09:30-16:00 (in the Vanbrugh Dining Room, Vanbrugh Nucleus) Your room code will be G/A or G/B or V/A    Please book an arrivals slot.

Donald Barron and Barbara Scott Court Residents (self-catered/ensuite rooms): 09:30-16:00 (in the Vanbrugh Dining Room, Vanbrugh Nucleus)  Your room code will start with VBA/ or VSC/   Please book an arrivals slot. 

Note: For those arriving outside of the designated arrival times, your keys can be collected from Vanbrugh Reception at the University Information Centre on Market Square, which is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

Parents and supporters are invited to attend a Short Talk where they can ask any questions, at either 13:00 OR 15:30 in V/N/045. Sign up to attend here (free Eventbrite ticket). 

Residents: Planning what to bring?




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