Your college, department and the University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) are all running welcome and induction events. 

Find out what’s happening by looking at your timetable, your college welcome pack, YUSU Freshers' site or by asking your STYC. See also the international student welcome.

Don't miss official events - any 'must attend' events like central induction and introduction to your department will appear in your timetable.

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Join the conversation

What are others saying about starting at York? Join the conversation to see what's going on.

Follow the #UoYFreshers hashtag and tell us why you #LoveYork!

What happens during Freshers' Week?

Not sure what to expect? This short video from Freshers' Week 2017 shows the kinds of things you might get up to in your first week in York.

Go to the Freshers’ Fair

Find out all the amazing things you can get involved in. Join clubs and societies that you like the look of and start enjoying the opportunities you have over the next few years.

Please note that the Freshers' Fair opens 45 minutes earlier for students with disabilities. See the YUSU Freshers Week pages.

Photography will take place during Freshers' Week and in particular Freshers' Fair and Freshers' Festival, which may be used for marketing purposes by the University of York. If you have any concerns or would prefer not to feature, please email For further information about how we use photography or video which includes you please see our privacy notice.

What is uni like?

You'll meet new and different people in Freshers' Week. Here's what current students think about Freshers' Week and getting the most out of your time at York.

Find out more on our blog, Student voices.

Get health and safety services sorted

Finance problems?

Not received your student loan? The Student Loans Company doesn't start to release payments to student bank accounts until the first day of term.

Your first loan payment is released once you have registered with the University and the University has confirmed your attendance to your student finance provider.

If you haven't received your loan, check:

  • You've submitted your application and all the correct supporting evidence
  • Your bank details are correct on your application – check your online account
  • You've signed and returned your declaration form
  • You've registered at university by moving into campus accommodation or, if in private accommodation, by visiting either the Fees Office or the Student Administration Building with your University Card and notification of assessment by Student Finance England
  • You’ve allowed five working days for the funds to be paid into your bank account.

If you have checked all this, contact the Student Loans Company.

If you are a home student and the first instalment of your loan or grant is delayed, you may be eligible for hardship and emergency funding. For details of all financial advice and support offered by the University, see our finance information for current students.

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