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.
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.
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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.
Making the Most of Freshers’ Week
Posted by Zulekha on 15 September 2021
Freshers’ Week is an exciting welcome period for new students starting at UK universities. In this blog post, we’ll visit the various types of…
Freshers’ Week – what to expect
Posted by Amelia on 16 July 2021
Hi! I’m Amelia and I am currently in my second year of my Law degree. I had a great time during my Fresher’s week…
Freshers’ Week as a Non-Drinking International Student
Posted by Mi Chelle on 23 June 2021
When I first boarded a plane to the UK, I was worried about Freshers’ Week. I had heard a lot about university drinking culture…
My Freshers’ Week Experience
Posted by Annabel on 17 December 2019
There’s a certain legend cultivated around Freshers’ Week, that it should be the best and wildest week of your university experience. But although Freshers…
York Freshers’: Experienced by an Introvert
Posted by Gina on 12 December 2019
Freshers’ Week as an introvert, boy what an experience. In the weeks leading up to York Freshers’, I felt the dread accumulate in my…
Freshers’ Week 2019: My experience
Posted by Beth on 12 December 2019
The first week of university is jam-packed. You have to adapt to living away from home, absorb a mass of information about starting life…
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