Accessibility statement

What happens at Step Ahead?

In 2023 we are offering two two-day Step Ahead programmes (with overnight accommodation) and a one-day Step Ahead programme for students who live within commuting distance to York.  

As well as meeting other new and current students before you start studying, you'll attend interactive workshops on a range of topics. These are likely to include: 

  • academic study at university
  • looking after yourself
  • getting involved in university life
  • managing your money and surviving on a budget
  • enhancing your employability
  • moving through university with confidence

You will also benefit from a campus tour as well as several activities designed to help you get to know other students. 

Two-day programmes

The two-day Step Ahead programmes will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Monday 4th - Tuesday 5 September
  • Wednesday 6th - Thursday 7 September

These programmes will include free overnight accommodation on the University of York campus. Please note, you must be 18 or older at the time of the event in order to be able to stay in this accommodation. 

We will also offer a free evening meal and social activities on Monday 4/ Wednesday 6 and breakfast the following morning.

Check out the Two-day programme here

One-day programme

The one-day Step Ahead programme will take place on the following date:

  • Friday 8 September 

This programme is aimed at students who live within commuting distance to the university campus (30 miles or less). 

The one-day programme will include all the main elements of Step Ahead including an opportunity to get to know other new and current students. 

Check out the One-day programme here

If you have any questions about our eligibility criteria, please email us at for more information.