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Be a college tutor

Be a college tutor

College tutors are student members of the college team who live in college and provide a friendly face and first point of contact for other students.

Apply for 2020/21

Application deadline: Friday 12 June 2020

College tutor application form

Could you:

  • lead and inspire a community of students?
  • be a role model for new students in your college?
  • help students to access the right support for them?

This is a challenging but rewarding role. College tutors work with student representatives and staff to support and develop college activity which builds the student community. Tutors provide a reassuring supportive presence within the blocks and act to provide an initial point of contact to students encountering difficulties.

Tutors are required to be resident in college and receive an accommodation subsidy.

Find out more

Sign up for the online college tutor information session on Monday 1 June at 4-5.30pm:

College tutor information session

What do college tutors do?

Role responsibilities

Tutors provide leadership, support and inspiration to students in their college. They are responsible, dynamic role models who help students get the most out of their time at York.

College tutors commit to spending an average of 15 hours per week on their role. This means that some weeks you will do less, some weeks more - for example during training, welcome and arrivals.

This time is divided between promoting and running events and activities, helping students to access support, and supporting college staff with their work. Tutors also oversee our college mentoring scheme (the STYM scheme) in undergraduate colleges. Much of the work is likely to be in the evenings and weekends and tutors are expected to be flexible in their approach to meeting the needs of the college. 


Being a tutor is a fantastic way to build skills in:

  • leadership
  • project management
  • communication

You'll enhance your C.V., boost employability skills, and you'll also gain experience of providing pastoral support to students.

There is a programme of personal and professional development, including termly workshops and training sessions.

In return for your time commitment, you are provided with a rent subsidy against your accommodation in college (capped at £133.91 per week).

Frequently asked questions

Who can (and can't) apply?

Students beginning or continuing full-time postgraduate programmes in autumn 2020 are eligible to be college tutors, as well as students beginning the final year of an integrated masters programme.

Students are not allowed to be college tutors during their writing-up year of a PhD. 

You do not have to have received an offer or even applied to a postgraduate programme to apply to be a college tutor, but you will need to have a confirmed place by Friday 31 July 2020 in order to take up a position as college tutor.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept students studying for a PGCE or taking on other courses which involve lengthy placements.

How does the rent subsidy work?

All tutors for 2020/21 will receive at rent subsidy (details to be confirmed). If the rent of the room type in your college exceeds the cap, you will be required to pay the difference.

Rent prices vary both across and within colleges depending on the room type (standard or premium), whether or not it is en-suite, and whether or not it is catered. Prices vary between £99 for a standard room (shared bathroom) and £186 for a premium en-suite room (non-catered). Find full information on colleges, rooms and prices.

When do I start?

Tutors are appointed to work for one academic year. New tutors are expected to move into their rooms in the first weekend of September 2020 to allow time for training, help with arrivals, and to get to know their college better. 

Successful candidates will be given more information on move in arrangements nearer the time.

What training and support will I receive?

Tutors are line managed by their Assistant Head of College. These managers are responsible for ongoing support and professional development for all tutors.

Successful applicants arrive three weeks before new undergraduates (two weeks before new postgraduates) to attend a week of extensive training. There is also college-based team building to help you get to know your college team better.

Throughout the year, there is a programme of personal and professional development for tutors, including termly workshops and training sessions.

Do I have to choose which college I apply to?

No. Whilst each college is slightly different and offers different opportunities for college tutors, colleges look at all applications together with the aim of creating balanced teams with a range of skills in each college.

However, if you have a reason for wanting to be in a particular college, you can have the option to list this in the application form.

Please note if you are interested in the full time Graduate College Tutor role (open to recent graduates) this is a separate application process which will open soon.

What does a college activities programme include?

It might be easier to ask what a programme doesn't include! Colleges organise a huge range of activities to help students to make new friends, learn new skills and take on new challenges. 

Tutors deliver or support others in delivering workshops, campaigns, events and activities throughout the year.  This year's activities have included study skills and wellbeing workshops, community building meetings, intercultural events, college lectures and discussion groups, film screenings, trips and much more.

If you have a particular skill or interest, being a college tutor is a great way to share your passion with other students!

How often will I need to be on campus?

Tutors commit to spending an average of 15 hours per week on their college role. The actual time you spend on your role will vary from week-to-week and will be higher during peak times such as arrivals and term time.  This time may include attending college events and activities as well as meeting with students to discuss problems and concerns. 

Many of these activities take place in the evenings and at the weekend.

I require a visa to study in the UK, can I apply to become a tutor?

You are entitled to work during your studies, as long as the wording on your visa does not prohibit it. Unpaid work is covered by your visa restriction in the same way as paid work. 

Students on full-time degree courses are usually allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week - this role will not require you to work for more than 20 hours per week.

For further information, see the international student support page on working during your studies.

What if I already have a University accommodation contract for 2020/21?

If you already have a University accommodation contract for 2020/21 you can still apply to be a tutor!

If you are successful in your application, you will be able to swap rooms into the college who has offered you the position.  You will be given a new accommodation contract which includes the rent reduction.