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Get ready for summer

Posted on 19 June 2017

Whether you're staying in York or leaving for the summer, find out what you should be doing and what we can do to help make your summer a breeze.

Summer 2017 vacation arrangements. Students eating ice cream in the sunshine.

Food and drink

Stay hydrated in the heat. Our catering outlets have different opening times in the summer.


The J B Morrell Library and the Harry Fairhurst building are open 24 hours a day every day - across the vacation too!

A full service is generally offered in the day time, with self-service at night. Please see the service hours calendar to check when full service and self service will be offered in the vacation. 

Borrowing away from campus

If you're away from York you can borrow from other university libraries using the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) access scheme. See the Library website for more information and to check which libraries you can use.


A lot of resources are available online as ebooks and ejournals that you can view in your browser or download. Visit our E-resources Guide to find out more and see which resources will be best for your subject.

Working off campus

Your university email is run by Gmail, so you can access it anywhere online. You also have access to a suite of Google apps that can help you work remotely, including a Google Drive filestore, Google hangouts so you can talk online for free and more.

You can also access your desktop and university filestore at home via our Virtual Desktop Service. Or use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access restricted files and services when you're off campus.

Moving out

If you're moving off campus, make sure to look over our moving out checklist in the Resident's Handbook. Ensure your accommodation is in the same condition it was in when you arrived, or you may be charged for cleaning or repairs.

Cycle storage

If you want to leave your bike on campus over summer you need to apply for summer cycle storage. The University recycles abandoned bikes and will be tagging all bikes on campus during July. If you're on campus and using your bike, just make sure to remove the tag to ensure your bike is not collected.

Library book exchange

If you're leaving us for good, we'll miss you! But you can help next year's new students get off to a good start by donating any old textbooks you no longer want to the Library book exchange. The books will then be passed on to new students in the Autumn Term.

IT information for leavers

Over the course of your degree you will have built up a collection of documents, emails, and other information that you may still want after you've left.

You will have access to some IT facilities and resources for a set period to allow you to make copies of any important information. For example, you will have access to your Google account and personal filestore (your M: and H: drives) for 90 days after you leave.

Visit the IT information for student leavers page for more information.