Things to do before you start

There are certain things you need to know or do before you start at York, depending on your circumstances.

Please contact your department if you have any questions.

1. Read your Joining Instructions

After we have confirmed your place, look out for an email entitled 'University of York – Joining Instructions'. This has the information you need to enrol as a current student, and any other tasks you need to complete.

It is very important you open the email as soon as you can and follow the instructions in it.

2. Set up your IT account

Your Joining Instructions email will tell you how to set up your IT account. You need to do this before you can enrol.

When you have created your account you will have a full student username and password and a University email address. Start checking your University email address, this is where we will send all our future emails to you. You will be able to use all of our student systems too. Remember to keep your password safe and do not share it with anyone.

  • Visit the York Identity Manager to set up your IT account. You will then be able to complete pre-arrival tasks, access IT facilities and systems, and use our virtual learning environment (VLE).

3. Enrol

You must enrol as soon as you can after receiving your Joining Instructions. This will confirm you have accepted our offer and you intend to start at York. 

  • To enrol log into e:Vision with your York username and password.
  • Visit enrolment for more information.

4. Find out how to pay your fees

For information on how to pay your fees and other frequently asked questions, visit the student finance pages.

5. Check your University email account

After you have enrolled we will only send emails to your University email address, so you need to check it regularly.

Login at with your University username and password.

If you have any IT problems, get in touch with the Library & IT Help Desk.

6. Apply for a University card

The University Card is used for library lending and for activating printers on campus. It is also used as proof of identity for students physically attending exams on or off campus.

As a distance learning student you may not necessarily need a University Card, if you do and would like to apply you will need to upload a head and shoulders photo of yourself so make sure you have one ready.

7. Visit the student homepage

This is the homepage for all students at the University. It's a quick way to get to your applications and a handy way of keeping in touch with useful information, news, events and reminders.

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