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.

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!

Go to the YUSU Fairs

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.

YUSU Fairs

Note: Photography will take place during Welcome Week, 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

Register to vote

Don't forget to register to vote in York - the University cannot do this for you.

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.

City of York Council guidance for students registering to vote

Finance problems?

Your student finance payments (if you've applied) will be made by your student finance provider shortly after the start of term provided you have completed enrolment (see item 2 of Things to do). If you haven't received your loan, check:

  • You've completed enrolment
  • 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 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.

If you have successfully applied for a Tuition Fee Loan and/or Maintenance Loan/Grant, please ensure your offer letter from your student finance provider lists the correct course and the University of York as your institution.

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 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.