Get involved in our vibrant postgraduate community to make the most of your time at York.

York benefits from being one of the few universities to have a Graduate Student Association (GSA) and one of the only dedicated graduate research schools in the UK.

We’ll welcome you with a mixture of face-to face and online events. You’ll be supported to get involved and build social connections even before you join us and this will continue when you get here. The GSA will create social groups, and will work with the International Students Society to welcome new international students.

Your health and safety are our top priority so all student venues, event spaces and sporting facilities are Covid-19 Secure.

Graduate Students' Association

The GSA is an independent student organisation representing your interests to the University, offering support, and organising trips and events for postgraduates.

York Graduate Research School

Our research school brings together administrative support with research training, funding, development opportunities and events.

See the York Graduate Research School pages for all key information, including an induction for all new research students. Check the York Research Student Community blog for regular news and announcements. You'll also receive the monthly YGRS newsletter via your inbox.

New research students

College activities

All our colleges provide support and advice but, as the only dedicated postgraduate college, all events at Wentworth are focused on postgraduate needs. Attend the weekly socials and sports clubs, as well as workshops focusing on study skills and productivity. For research students, the Work in Progress seminar series is an opportunity to network and practice communicating your work in an informal and supportive setting. Find out more about Wentworth Events.


Our great sporting facilities at York give you the opportunity to get involved with sports you love and try out new ones at whatever level you want.

The GSA fully funds a number of free sports sessions for postgraduates and the University has a number of teams and societies you can join offering competitive or social sporting activities.

Student networks

Make connections with people who share your experiences and face the same challenges via our student networks:

Join in on social media

Join the Official University of York Postgraduate students 2020/21 Facebook group.

You can also join social media groups linked to the University and your department.



Find your department or college in our list of all University of York social media accounts.

Our Student Hub also offers specific advice on studying at York for international students.

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