Each year over 300 new undergraduate students choose to live off campus, mainly at 'home' with family, a partner, friends or alone. Some of these students live in York and others are spread across the region and beyond. There are many advantages of not living in 'student' accommodation, including saving money and being able to fulfil family commitments.
Find out more and register to attend the Pre-Arrival Welcome Lunch and College Induction on Thursday 26th September (11am - 3pm)
There are eight undergraduate colleges at the University and all students both on and off-campus are part of a college community.
As a non-resident first year student you will be allocated to one of the following colleges, depending on your department of study:
Alcuin College - if you are studying in Health Sciences or at the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
Goodricke College - if you are studying in a department based on Campus East.
James College - if you are studying in a department based on Campus West or at King's Manor.
Your college will have social spaces you can use as well as providing access to microwaves, kettles and storage lockers. Colleges also offer opportunities in Welcome Week and beyond to meet other students, take part in sports, attend well-being workshops and participate in the inter-cultural competency programme.
If there's any other information you need or anything you would like to discuss please email our Local and Commuting Students contact Nicola Browne - email@example.com. We also have a Local and Commuting Students Facebook group.
It will take you time to settle in and adapt to University life, don’t be too hard on yourself in the first term when you are dealing with so much change.
Below is some advice on how to make the most of your first term at University. If there's any other information you need or anything you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact our Local and Commuting Students contact Nicola Browne by emailing - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time spent travelling
if you are travelling to and from University most days, try to make your commute as enjoyable and productive as possible by:
Making sure you know the quickest way to travel to University.
Ensuring you get the best deal on public transport costs.
Having public transport enquiry numbers (e.g. National Rail etc) in your mobile.
Making the most of your journey time, if using public transport, by using it for University reading, note taking etc.
You may find these tips for commuting students on The Student Room website helpful.
Student Buddying Scheme
A Student Buddy is a second or third year student who will help you settle into university life and support you through your first year here. All local and commuting students are encouraged to request a Student Buddy, you can do this before you arrive or at anytime during your first year here. Visit the Student Buddying Scheme webpage to find out more.
Studying as a local or commuting student can be challenging at times and it is normal for there to be bad days as well as good days. However, if you feel like you would benefit from talking to someone, there are plenty of people you can approach for advice or a chat. This includes:
Meeting other students
In your first term, it’s really important that you try to attend events and socials to meet like minded students and friendly staff.
Welcome Cafés for Mature, Local and Commuting Students
In Welcome Week we hold several Welcome Cafés specifically for mature, local and commuting students. These Welcome Cafés will give you the opportunity to chat to other mature, local and commuting students. We'll also give you a voucher for a FREE hot drink. If you're living off campus, bring your student ID card along to one of these cafes and we can confirm your registration (which you need to do in order for your Student Loan to be paid). After the Café our student helpers will be happy to show you to any parts of campus you'd like to locate. There's no need to book for these Cafés, or to stay for the entire two hours, just pop along when you can. As well as a sign on the table advertising the Welcome Café there will be a few student helpers in bright green and/ or purple t-shirts!
The dates and times of the Welcome Week Cafés are as follows (these are also advertised on the Local and Commuting Students Facebook Group):
2-4pm, Monday 30th September in Vanbrugh Bar, Campus West
10am - 12noon, Friday 4th October at Starbucks in the Piazza, Campus East
Coffee Drop-ins for Mature, Local and Commuting Students
Once a week during the Autumn Term we will hold a Coffee Drop-in. You're welcome to come and enjoy a FREE hot drink while chatting to other like minded students and friendly staff. Again, there's no need to book for these Drop-ins, or to stay for the duration, just pop along when you can. As well as a sign on the table advertising the Coffee Drop-in there will be a few student helpers in bright green and/ or purple t-shirts. The dates and times of the Coffee Drop-ins are as follows:
2-4pm, Wednesday 9th October in YourSpace, James College
10am - 12noon, Tuesday 15th October in Derwent Costa
2-4pm, Thursday 24th October at Starbucks in the Piazza, Campus East
10am - 12noon, Monday 28th October in Vanbrugh Bar
2-4pm, Thursday 7th November in Derwent Costa
11am - 1pm, Tuesday 12th November at King's Manor
2-4pm, Wednesday 20th November at Startbucks in the Piazza, Campus East
10am - 12noon, Thursday 28th November in Alcuin Bistro
2-4pm, Monday 2nd December in the Library Cafe
More tips for meeting other students
York University Students Union (YUSU) offers a wide range of volunteering projects, sports, societies and student media groups for you to get involved in. Many of these offer taster sessions in the first few weeks of term and you can join at any time.
The Careers Department also provide a whole host of volunteering activities, enterprise opportunities, internships and recognised placement years for you to get to know other students, help the York community, and enhance your employability.
Each year over 300 new undergraduate students choose to live off campus, mainly at 'home' with family, a partner, friends or alone. Some of these students live in York and others are spread across the region and beyond. We spoke to some of these students about their experiences and here’s what they had to say:
“My top tip for local and commuting students is to join the group Facebook for the fellow students of your department’s year group. It was good to be able to put questions to the group chat and get involved in the conversation.” - Fiona, Sociology student commuting from Ripon.
“I decided to be an off-campus student to save money and I didn't really fancy going into Halls as the typical 'student lifestyle' didn't really appeal to me. However, I've still managed to get involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities - I’ve joined the University of York Labour Club, I am currently the Off-campus representative for the Derwent JCRC and I am involved in the Student Buddying Scheme.”- Jordan, Social and Political Sciences student commuting from Wetherby
“Don’t forget to register your attendance at university otherwise you’ll find your student finance might be delayed.” - Laura, Psychology student commuting from Brighouse.
“I decided to be a non-resident student because I have been living with my wife for a few years already now so moving into halls didn't seem right for us... I have a lot of space in my house compared to people that lived in halls which is a bonus.” - Sam, Computer Science student living in Cawood, near Selby.
For more stories, top tips and useful information, join the University of York Local and Commuting Students Facebook Group. Thank you to the students who have got involved so far, if you’d like to feature as a case study please fill in this quick form.
Here is a collection of useful information:
Student Finance: In order for payment of your student loan to be triggered you need a member of university staff to register you as 'in attendance' on your student record. You can do this at the Pre-arrival Welcome and College Induction event or by attending the Student Hub in Market Square during your first week at University.
YUSU has introduced Activities Access Grants to provide free club and society membership for first year undergraduates who are eligible for a York Bursary or Disabled Students' Allowance. If you join a sports club, society or media group this academic year, fill out this form to apply for up to £20 in membership fee reimbursement. Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis.
The York Futures Scholarship funds students to access opportunities that give them a head start in the job market. It is funded by York’s alumni and friends community through philanthropic donations. Other university bursaries and scholarships can be found here.
The library has lots of useful resources and spaces for you to use. You can book library study rooms up to 1 month in advance for a maximum of 3 hours in one day and up to 6 hours per week. Also, there’s library storage lockers and other study spaces available across campus. You may find these top tips for studying and exam success useful as well.
The digital interactive Campus map can help you navigate the university. There’s a variety of coffee shops, eateries, food preparation areas and showers available across campus as well as places to pray and reflect.