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

Our Mailroom can help save you international postage costs. See our overseas services for more information.

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. Sometimes all you need is to share your problems and feelings with someone else or you may feel you need something a bit more. Whatever the cause, if you are finding things difficult, our help and support page outlines the people who can help you both on campus and off. 


Discover and celebrate world cultures and religions with societies such as Christian Union, Islamic Society, Jewish SocietyAfrican Caribbean Society or Russian-Speaking Society, to name just a few – they're open to all students. You can get informal language support, try different foods and meet people from all over the world!

The York Graduate Students' Association (GSA) runs events and networks for postgraduates.

Practice conversational English at the International Conversations Afternoons.

Join our YorWorld Community Facebook Group to meet other international students and receive updates and news. You will need a Facebook profile/account to join.

See Campus and city life and Student events for other ways to meet people.

Help with accommodation

If you have an issue or need help with your campus accommodation, our Accommodation Services can help; use the live chat, phone or email. For all other accommodation enquiries, the Student Hub can help. 

Family visiting?

If you would like to invite your family to visit, the University offers a competitively-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.


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. 

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

Financial difficulties

If you find yourself in unexpected financial difficulties, you can apply to the Student Support Fund.

You need to apply as soon as possible as applications may take over four weeks to process.

The Student Support and Advice team at the Student Hub are also available for money advice and support accessing assistance funding