Living in York

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Settle into your life in York. Our information about supermarkets and food maps out the nearest supermarkets and also lists places where you can get specialist international food. 

We also have information about schools and childcare in the UK, including what to do to get your child a place.

Your wellbeing

'Culture shock', moving to an unfamiliar culture, can affect anyone and is quite normal. If you experience it, this does not mean you made a wrong choice in coming to York. UKCISA provide useful information about facing culture shock.The demands of academic life as well as living in a new country can be stressful. Our health and wellbeing pages provide tips on dealing with common challenges you may face at University. 

You do not have to struggle alone. Whatever the cause, if you are finding things difficult, our help and support page outlines the people who can help you, whether you just need someone to talk to or whether it's something more. 

Socialising

The International Students' Association (ISA) organises regular events for international and UK students to meet up. Many countries have their own YUSU societies. The York Graduate Students' Association (GSA) runs events and networks for postgraduates.

In the city, meet new people at the International Cafe. Locals and students from all over the world meet every Monday during term-time between 7-9pm at Spurriergate Centre, YO1 9QR. There is a different theme every week to help you practise English and make friends. See Campus and city life for other ways to meet people.

Help with accommodation

If you have an issue or need help with your accommodation, whether on campus or not, our Accommodation Services can help. Use the live chat service, phone or email them or go to the Accommodation desk in the Information Centre.

Family visiting?

If you would like to invite your family to visit, the University offers a competetively-priced bed and breakfast service through York Conferences. Please note, this is available for use by any members of the public, and is not limited to friends and family of students.

Healthcare

Our healthcare page will help you find a doctor or dentist in York and also advises what to do if you need emergency care or contraception.

You can also find information about self-certification if you become ill during term time.

See healthcare for international students for information about eligibility for free healthcare and services you may have to pay for.

Help with finances

The UK uses the pound sterling (£) currency. Coins include (from left to right) 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. 

UK coins: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.

Most notes are available in £5 (blue-green), £10 (orange) and £20 (purple) values. £50 notes (red) and higher values are available in some circumstances, but these are rare. More information on UK currency and exchange rates is on Xe.com.

Financial difficulties

If you find yourself in unexpected financial difficulties you can apply to the International Students Hardship Fund for EU and international students.

You need to apply as soon as possible as applications may take over four weeks to process. Find out more on the Hardship and emergency funding page.