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Pre-arrival checklist

Before you start studying at York and during your first few weeks, there are a number of things that you need to do. You can read more about some of these steps in the online checklist

Tasks for mature students only

Meet other mature students on social media

Join our Mature Students Chat on Facebook  so that you can meet other mature students, get advice and keep up to date with upcoming events.

Sign up for a Student Buddy

Mature students starting at York have the opportunity to sign up for a Student Buddy. A Buddy is a second or third year student who will help you settle into university life and support you through your first year here.

Sign up for the Step Ahead Induction event

Sign up for the University's Step Ahead induction event, in order to meet other mature students and prepare for studying at York. 

Learn more about studying at the University of York

Learn where things are via the interactive maps of the University

The interactive campus map allows you to input the room code of the room your classes will be in.

There is also a map of food and drink facilities and showers which can be useful for local and commuting students to use.

Learn how to use the IT systems

IT and online services offers information on how to use the IT systems that students at the University of York are expected to use.

Check your emails

Once your place at York is confirmed you will receive a 'joining instructions' email to your personal university email account. This details what to do next including how to set up your university email account. It is important you do this as soon as possible because lots of information about studying at York and about what is happening for mature students will be emailed to you. Make sure that you are regularly checking your emails so that you don’t miss any of this.

Check your university timetable

When you have enrolled and made your module choices, you will be sent information about accessing your university timetable. You can view your timetable via the student homepage. It is also available to view on Google Calendar which will allow you link your university calendar to your mobile phone. The IT services webpage has advice on how to do this.

Visit the Student Skills Hub website

The Student Skills Hub helps students improve their key writing, maths, language, IT and other academic skills.

More general tasks

Check whether you are eligible for extra financial support

Full-time students are often eligible for council tax exemption.

Students with children can be eligible for extra benefits.

There are also a number of bursaries and scholarships which students may be eligible for.

Check the dates for your first rent instalment if you are living on campus

Check the dates and times for paying your rent on the accommodation web pages.

Check the dates for your first instalment if you are paying your own tuition fees

Check the date and price for your first tuition fee instalment. Find out more about paying the university.

Check the local and commuting students website if you are not living on campus

If you will be living locally, or commuting, to the University and NOT living on campus there are a few additional tasks you will need to do. The local and commuting students webpages have more information.

Find out how to apply for a parking permit

If you are a mature student who is commuting, then you might be eligible to apply for a parking permit so that you can park your car on campus.

Sign up for student discounts

Did you know that as a student you are eligible for discounts in a lot of shops? You can sign up for student discounts with either Student Beans or UNiDAYS.

Sign up for the on-campus doctors surgery

If you have just moved to York and are looking for a doctors surgery, then you can join Unity Health, the surgery located on Campus East.

Check which events are happening during Welcome Week

Check what is happening during Welcome Week. Look at which events the Students’ Union is holding and look at your college’s website to see which events are being held by the college. Any mature student events will be advertised via email and on the University's Mature Students' Facebook group.

Read the information on getting ready to arrive at York from the main university website

The getting ready section of the website has some useful information on what you need to do before starting studying at York.