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.
'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 somthing 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.
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.
Practice conversational English at the International Conversations Afternoons every Wednesday between 4pm-5.30pm in the Kitchen at Alcuin College.
See Campus and city life 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.
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.
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 Xe.com.
If you find yourself in unexpected financial difficulties, you can apply to the International Student Support Fund.
You need to apply as soon as possible as applications may take over four weeks to process. Find out more on the Student Support Funding page.