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Student experience

The University of York has around 16,000 students, more than 180 student societies, 60+ sports clubs, and award-winning student media. You can learn a language, volunteer, study abroad – there is something for everyone.

Find out more about student life at York, or read the student voices blog which includes entries some of our very own History students.

Jayh, BA in History

"The History BA is well structured and allows for a huge selection of time periods, allowing me to take a variety of eras spanning from the Nazis to 13th Century Italy. Staff are knowledgeable, excited about their subject and supportive of personal circumstances and academic goals. Perhaps the biggest lure of studying at York is the city itself. Living in a city which is beautiful and has had a profound impact on British History is inspirational and welcoming."

Elisabeth, BA in English and History

"It sounds like a cliche, but I can't imagine studying anywhere else. Doing a joint degree has given me such freedom to explore everything from modern China (History), to learning Old Norse and reading Icelandic sagas (English). All the lecturers are enthusiastic, friendly and will support you in anything you want to achieve."

Polina, BA in History


"Studying History at York has been a privilege. There is such a big variety of module options for everybody! I was able to study the history of South America, Russia and China. York has extremely supportive staff who are there to help throughout the term. As a course representative I get to know the department a little bit better. Everyone has student interests at heart and wants to make the university experience positive and intellectually stimulating."

Jamie, BA in History


"I chose York becasue I was impressed not only by the variety of modules offered, but also by the knowledge and approachability of the staff on the Visit Days. I’ve had a chance to study a wide variety of modules, from the fall of Rome to my current special subject on British popular politics which covers right up to the present day, all alongside friendly, supportive staff who have not only inspired, but also gone out of their way to help when needed."