Your college, department and the Students’ Union (YUSU) run fun and exciting welcome and induction events, giving you a great first week at York.
Find out what’s happening via your timetable, your college welcome pack, the YUSU Freshers' site or by asking your Second and Third Year Contact (STYC). See also the international student welcome for activities to welcome you from overseas.
Don't miss official events - any 'must attend' events like central induction and introduction to your department will appear in your timetable.
Get involved with welcome events
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 amazing opportunities at York.
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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.
Joining the York community: an interview with our students
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What’s it like to settle into the York community? We sat with three of our students to talk ducks, dreams, dinners, and the magic…
Freshers’ Week as a student who doesn’t drink
Posted by Amelia on 19 June 2023
Hi! I’m Amelia (she/her) and I’m a first year French and German student, living in Halifax College. Before university, I was worried about Freshers’…
How not to lose your shirt: advice I wish I got for Freshers’ Week
Posted by Ed on 13 June 2023
Oh, Fresher’s Week, Freshers’ Week, wherefore art thou Freshers’ Week? As a former fresher, I can attest to the roller-coaster that is Freshers’ Week…
Fresher’s week as an autistic student
Posted by Angharad on 6 December 2022
Hello, I’m Angharad, and I’m a first year undergraduate studying Biology. I’m also autistic! For me, this means I can find socialising difficult and…
My experience starting university: an autistic student’s perspective
Posted by Samara on 6 December 2022
Hello, there! My name’s Samara and I’ve just completed my first term at university where I’m studying Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance. As an…
Surviving the First Term at Uni
Posted by Finn on 19 December 2021
Get to grips with your new life away from home So, you’ve got your offer, you know what course you’re doing, and you’re all…
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You are entitled to register at both your home address and your university address. You can vote at both addresses in local elections but you can only vote once in national elections.
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- You've completed enrolment
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- You've signed and returned your declaration form
- 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.
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If either of these are incorrect and it is before your course is due to start then these can be changed by accessing your student finance online account.
If your course has started then please email a scanned copy of your letter to email@example.com as soon as possible. We will then contact your student finance provider to update your details.
Any delay in changing your institution or the course you are taking could mean that you will not receive your loan on time.