Remember to arrange your travel to the UK so that you can attend your Welcome programme. 

Coronavirus: travel advice

48 hours before you travel, you will need to provide your journey and contact details to the UK Government. Depending on which country you are travelling from, you may have to self-isolate for ten days when you arrive. 

As of Monday 18 January the UK government requires all travellers arriving into the UK, including students and their families, to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, dated no earlier than three days from the date of travel. If you don't have one you could be fined. Find out more about testing for people travelling to England.

All international arrivals are required to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK, and passengers travelling from a country not on the exemption (travel corridor) list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for ten days (even if you have provided a negative test on arrival).

There is e a new Test to Release scheme for anyone travelling to the UK from a non-exempt country. After arriving in the UK and isolating for five days, you will be able to take an accredited Covid-19 (PCR) test from a private testing provider and if your result is negative you can stop isolating. 

As a new student starting in January 2021, the University of York will reimburse you for the cost of your test.

If you do not wish to take a private PCR test, you will be required to self-isolate for ten days on arrival in the UK.

Check the UK government's advice on self-isolation and an up-to-date list of exempt countries, and find more information on the Test to Release scheme, including a list of private test providers.

If you are required to self-isolate you should travel straight to the place where you will be self-isolating:

  • use a face mask and stay two metres away from others;
  • once you arrive at your accommodation, do not have visitors unless they are providing essential care;
  • do not leave your accommodation for ten days unless absolutely essential;
  • complete the University self-isolation form so we can provide help and support.

If you've booked University accommodation, we may be able to offer you a room before your official start date. If you need this service, please email

Travelling to the UK

By air

Manchester Airport has the easiest onward connection to York, with a direct train running from Manchester Airport to York city centre. 

Travelling to York from UK airports

Manchester Airport collection service 8 to 10 January 2021

If your home address is outside the UK, the University of York is offering a free airport collection from Manchester airport between 8-10 January. Please provide your details by 2 January 2021. 

Complete the Manchester Airport collection form

By train

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.

By boat

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

By train

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.


By coach

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.


By car

See maps and directions for road directions to campus.

Getting to campus

See our maps and directions for information on getting to campus, including travelling from York city centre.

Arriving on campus

Your room will only be available from the date shown in your offer of accommodation (unless you have made arrangements for quarantine - see coronavirus travel advice above). 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).

Campus map

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. 

If you arrive before Monday 4 January, college receptions may be following vacation hours and may be closed. However, the receptions at James College (Campus West) and Ron Cooke Hub (Campus East) are always open 24 hours a day.

Please contact if you have any questions, queries or problems relating to your travel arrangements.