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.
Making friends and meeting people
Worried about meeting new people? Make friends before you come! Your college will link to 'find your housemates' groups in their arrivals information.
Learn more about Freshers' 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.
Induction day for mature students, the Buddying scheme and the mature students' welcome lunch.
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'll explain what some of the differences are and talk about what will be handy for you before you start your degree.
Frequently asked questions about getting ready to study 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.
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 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?
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 MoneySavingExpert.com.
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.
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.
More information for new international students.
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).