So you've confirmed your place and completed all the things to do straight away? Now you can start looking forward to exciting times ahead! 

Whether you're feeling a bit anxious or raring to go, here's a few things to think about before you start packing to come to York.

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Have you checked your emails?

Important information about your arrival, Freshers' Week, and starting your studies will come into your University email account. This will include deadlines for module choices and updates on your timetable - so don't forget to keep checking this account.

For a guide on all the systems you will use when you're here, see IT Services information for new users.

Making friends and meeting people

Worried about meeting new people? Make friends before you come! Your college will send you a link to their Facebook group. If you're living on campus, you'll also be able to find your housemates in accommodation block Facebook groups once you are given your room number at the end of August.

If you have any questions, you can talk to current students via Unibuddy webchat or sign up for a Student Buddy.

Learn more about Welcome Week events by joining social media groups linked to the University, your department, and YUSU, our Students' Union.

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

Join the conversation

What are others saying about starting at York? Join the conversation and see what you can expect when you get here.

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

Department and college

Your college community will help you settle in from day one. Every college runs social and induction events to help you meet other new students. You can buy tickets and wrist bands to YUSU and college events before you come. You may want to wait until you get here to see if your new friends are going - but be aware that sometimes events will sell out.

Look out for any induction or welcome events run by your department to help you meet staff and students on your programme.

Faith and religion

A number of chaplains and religious/faith groups organise social events and services.

Find out more about faith and religion at the University.

Getting ready to study

The way you'll study at university will probably be different to how you've studied in the past.

In this video we explain some differences and talk about what will be handy for you before you start your degree.

Our academics are working hard to ensure your programmes and modules next year will inspire and motivate you, and we’ll support you to succeed in your studies.

Our aim is to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as possible and to deliver online teaching where we need to.

All large lectures will be delivered solely online in Autumn Term 2020. This will ensure we have sufficient space to safely deliver face-to-face teaching such as seminars and tutorials. 

If you are unable to get to campus for the start of the year, we will provide online teaching and support so you can participate from wherever you are until you're able to get to York.

Studying at York

Take a look at our Skills Guides for videos, interactive tutorials and workbooks to develop your digital and information searching skills.

Your department may have Preparing to Study pages with information and advice on starting your studies.

Some departments will issue a reading list but don't rush to buy any books - check our Library YorSearch to see what's there or sometimes relevant chapters are loaded onto the Yorkshare VLE. Some returning students will sell their books on so you can buy a cheaper copy when you get here.

There are precise rules for how you should study and present your work. To help you understand these, you should complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial on the Yorkshare VLE early in your first term.

See the study skills hub for all the support available to further develop your academic skills when you're here.

The University Library is a key resourse. Your University card gives you 24/7 access to the Library and associated study spaces almost every day of the year. Check out their Information for new students to get started and have a look at the Skills guides for videos, interactive tutorials and links to specific help in developing your digital and information searching skills.

You can also take our virtual Library tour and view our video guides to find out how things work and explore the Subject Guides to see what's available for you.

You will get an early version of your timetable in August with mandatory items included. As you get closer to arrival, we will add in college and other induction events. If you've been asked to choose modules, these will be added to your timetable in early September.

Your department will arrange for you to meet your supervisor early in your first term. Read our advice on how to get the most from your supervisory sessions.

How will you manage your money?

Plan in advance how you will make your money last each term. We have sample budgets and general advice on managing your money

If you do find yourself worrying about money once you're at York, our Finance pages outline the people you can talk to and possible hardship and emergency funding available.

Unfortunately, there are people who make a living by tricking others out of money. Students are often targeted but you can learn to recognise scams and protect yourself against them. Read our advice for all students Scammers - they’re after your money to find out what to be aware of.

Opening a bank account

UK students can open a student bank account once you have accepted your offer. Get advice on the best student bank account deals on websites like

International students will have to wait until they are in the UK before opening a UK bank account. See information for new international students on getting ready to arrive.

Are your vaccinations up to date?

All students need to be up to date with vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and meningococcal MenACWY vaccines. Arrange these with your local doctor or a York GP once you've registered with a local surgery.

See NHS advice on Getting medical care as a student.

International students

If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you may need additional vaccinations and screenings before arriving in the UK as part of your Tier 4 visa application. All non-EU international students will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your visa application. See healthcare for international students.

Check our guide for international students for help with everything you need to know and do in order to get to York.

New international students: Welcome to York Guide

Do you know how to cook?

Try out some simple meals at home to practise your cooking skills. For inspiration, see:

Don't want to cook? Think about buying your meals in advance with our Meals in Advance Deal (MAD).

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