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Mature students

If you’re an undergraduate student who hasn’t come to university aged 18 straight from school or college, we hope the information in this section will help you adjust to university life, meet other mature students and know where to go to access support if and when you need it.

See below for ways to get involved and read top tips from our current students on how to make the most of your time at York.

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Six mature students and a baby outside Heslington Hall. Cropped image

Image of a male mature student from the induction day in 2017

A shot from a game of protect the egg from the mature students induction day

Before you arrive

Pre-arrival checklist

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A helpful list of things which you may find useful to do before starting to study in York.

Welcome Activities


All new undergraduate mature students are invited to attend an Induction Day as well as other events during Welcome Week.

Top tips from current students


Our current mature students have written down some of their top tips for new mature students who are studying in York.


Nicola Browne (University's dedicated contact for Mature Students)

Student Hub, Market Square

Find out more about the student hub

Being a mature student at York

Getting involved

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Get involved with university life through events, meeting other mature students, the Mature Student’s Association and societies.


An image of a mature student and an advisor from the student hub. They are sat at a picnic table.

Find out more about the academic, financial, wellbeing and careers support available to mature students.

The college system

 A picture of a male mature student and a baby outside of Derwent

Colleges can benefit mature students in a number of ways. More information on the college system can be found here.

Mature student videos