Remember to arrange your travel to the UK so that you can attend your Welcome programme.
Travelling to the UK
Check the latest Government advice on travelling to England from another country. Being vaccinated against Covid-19 is not a requirement for travel to the UK but the testing or quarantine process you need to follow is dependent on if you are coming from a 'Green', 'Amber' or 'Red' list country. Further details can be found on Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (Gov.uk).
For help with costs associated with testing and quarantine, see our information about financial support for international students coming to York for the first time.
Manchester Airport has the easiest onward connection to York, with a direct train running from Manchester Airport to York city centre.
We may have a free airport collection service from Manchester Airport. Check availability and book your place prior to your arrival.
Eurostar arrives in London at St. Pancras station. If you want to travel on to York by direct train, you will need to cross the road to King's Cross station.
The nearest port to York is Hull, about 45 miles away, or Liverpool, about 100 miles away. Ferries from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam dock daily at Hull. Arriving at a port on the south coast of England requires a lengthy overland journey.
Getting to York from within the UK
Buying train tickets on the day of travel can be very expensive. Some train companies allow you to book in advance at a much cheaper rate and you can self-print your ticket or collect it at the train station. Find out more on the National Rail website.
Coaches run by National Express or Megabus are usually cheaper than trains, but will take significantly longer to reach destinations. Note any restrictions on the amount of baggage you can take with you.
See maps and directions for road directions to campus.
Arriving on campus
Your room will only be available from the date shown in your offer of accommodation. Contact Accommodation Services if you do not receive an email before you leave your home country.
Accommodation Services can direct you if you’re not sure where to head to when you arrive on campus. Telephone +44 (0)1904 322165 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday (from 10am on Thursdays).
Arriving out of hours
All college receptions are usually open 24 hours, apart from Wentworth College. If you arrive between 11pm and 7am for Wentworth College, go to James College reception in the Roger Kirk Centre.
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