Your college, department and the University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) are all running welcome and induction events.
Don't miss official events - any 'must attend' events like central induction and introduction to your department will appear in your timetable.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
My Freshers’ Week experience
Posted by Morgan on 19 August 2019
On your first day, I would expect a lot of waiting around! You’ll probably have to wait for your Freshers’ packs and for your…
Freshers’ Week: an international student’s perspective
Posted by International student bloggers on 19 August 2019
Some of our students explain what Freshers’ Week is really like at university in the UK, from the perspective of an international student. Mi…
Freshers’ Week: what to expect
Posted by Guest bloggers on 19 August 2019
The infamous Freshers’ Week. But what actually happens and what can you expect? Some of our current students share their experiences of Freshers’ Week.…
A Guide to Freshers’ Week
Posted by Kaity on 8 September 2018
For me, the most daunting part of heading up to university was Freshers’ Week. It was definitely one of the highlights of my first…
Freshers’ Tips 101
Posted by Maria on 9 August 2018
Welcome! Hello everyone! I am an international student from Brazil currently in my second year at the University of York studying Film and Television…
Preparing for uni and Freshers’ Week
Posted by Georgia on 7 August 2018
I knew I wanted to study at York as soon as I first came on the Open Day. It was the first university I…
Find out more on our blog, Student voices.
Get health and safety services sorted
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.