Find out all you need to know to get to campus and what you need to do once you're first here.

You'll need to register your arrival, pick up your University card, and get connected.

We are putting arrangements in place to make sure you can get to campus and moved into your accommodation as safely as possible. You'll receive more detailed information closer to the start of term.

Getting to York

Pick up your keys

If you’re in University accommodation, remember to bring copies of your offer letter, student finance information and some form of photo identification – for example, passport, driving licence card or national identity card.

Collect your Uni Card

Your University Card is your ID, printing, library and room access card. Pick it up from your college reception on Arrivals Weekend.

Part-time students receive their Uni card in the post and HYMS students receive their card from their department.

Unload your things

Usually, Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs) are on hand to help you into campus accommodation. We'll help you as much as we can while adhering to government regulations in place on the day. STYCs are available during welcome week to show you around and help you with any problems. They will give you the best tips and tricks for making the most out of your time at York.

If you’re living in a flat with shared kitchen/bathroom facilities, you and your flatmates will be treated as a single household (or ‘Support Bubble’) so you’ll be able to spend time together without the need to socially distance. This also applies to off-campus housing.

Food and drink

Get to know campus by visiting one of our catering outlets. Supermarkets and restaurants on campus will be open with strict cleaning schedules and options for takeaway, delivery or pre-ordering for collection. To find your nearest outlet, see campus food and bars.

Get online on campus

There will be instructions on how to get online in your study bedroom. If you have any problems, see IT information for new users. IT services will also be running helpdesk sessions to help you sort things out.

Visit your college stall

Some colleges have a stall where you can buy college t-shirts and other merchandise. There’s no pressure to buy but it could help you to feel part of your college from day one.

International student?

See our guide for new international students for help with tasks you need to do when arriving in York, such as registering your attendance and collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

New international students: Welcome to York Guide


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