When living as a student, you will have a new lease of independence and may have some more responsibilities that you did not have before. There will be some new things to think about such as accommodation, paying bills, cooking and doing your laundry - this is all alongside studying for your degree.

We've put together some tried and tested tips to help with the transition to higher education. It can be challenging at the start when transitioning to living as a student, but eventually through trial and error and managing your own time, you'll find a routine that works for you.

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Leave a message in the Community Chat. If you'd rather email, the team are available Monday to Friday and will respond as quickly as possible.

pre16provision@york.ac.uk

Moving in

If you decide to move into student accommodation, it can be met with a mixture of emotions, such as excitement to meet new people, but also nerves about moving away from home.

When moving in, try to keep positive and think about all of the excitement to come as you begin your student journey.

Top tip: make sure you take a door wedge with you. Keeping your door wedged open is a great way to meet and introduce yourself to your new flatmates in a friendly way.

Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUj3xmJdDHM on YouTube

Watch Biomedical Sciences student Faye's vlog to see how she found moving into student accomodation, Freshers Week and her first week of student living!

Check out the bedroom and kitchen essentials checklists to see which other items we recommend that you take with you.

Accommodation

When living as a student, there are a variety of accommodation types to choose from to suit your needs, preferences and budget. There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing your accommodation and ultimately it comes down to your own preferences.

Activity: your home, your choice

To help get you thinking about the different types of student accommodation and what type of accomodation is right for you, complete this activity, where you will have the opportunity to match up different student profiles to their accommodation preferences, as well as think about your own accommodation priorities.

Complete the activity

Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dp-lcfGJ-M&feature=emb_logo on YouTube

Hear some of our students share their experiences of living on campus.

Dan, one of our Graduate Ambassadors, has shared his favourite things about living on campus and what it was like to be part of one of our colleges.

Make sure you click through to hear from Dan.

Hi! I'm Dan and I'm a recent graduate from the University of York. I lived on campus in my first year at York and I'm going to give you my insight into my time living on campus so that you might know what to expect!

Read Dan's account of living on campus.

Campus and city

When living as a student in a new environment it can be daunting at first, but your new environment will quickly become your second home. Exploring and getting to know your new town or city, as well as the university campus, will help you settle in more easily and you may even find some hidden gems. Find out more about our campus, key facilities and learn about York city centre.

Contact us

Leave a message in the Community Chat. If you'd rather email, the team are available Monday to Friday and will respond as quickly as possible.

pre16provision@york.ac.uk