We're here to help make the move to your new home at York hassle free.

Just let us know

The sooner we know that you're a registered care leaver or an estranged student, the better we'll be able to help. Even if you're making a late application, let us know your situation as soon as possible.

You can let us know about your situation in the supporting comments section of your accommodation application. You can also get in touch via email at accommodation@york.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)1904 322165.

The University usually asks for a £200 advanced payment when you accept your room. However, we can defer the payment until your first term's rent is due in October. Please let us know if you would like to defer payment in the supporting comments section when you apply for accommodation. 

Picking a let length

Our 40 and 44-week lets cover both the Easter and Christmas vacation while our 50-week lets cover summer too. Even If you want to live in York over the summer, you can still include shorter let lengths in your preferences. You can apply to live on campus for the summer nearer the time. 

Many students will move into private sector accommodation for their second year. As you won't know what your plans are yet, we'd advise you to select a 40 or 44-week let length to keep your options open. We suggest you don't choose a 38-week let length as this would mean moving your belongings out of your room during Easter. 

We understand you may require additional information to help make your accommodation choices and are happy to discuss individual requirements.

Storage of belongings

The University can pay for the storage of your belongings during the summer break or if you decide to take a sandwich placement or study abroad year. 

Accommodation after first year 

Private sector accommodation

After your first year, you may want to rent shared private sector accommodation with your friends. Contracts for these tenancies normally start in July and require a UK based rent guarantor.

If you don't have a UK based guarantor, the University will act as your guarantor through the Rent Guarantee Scheme.

University accommodation

If you decide you'd like to live on campus again after your first year, we open applications for continuing students in January every year.

Summer accommodation

If you're undecided about where you want to live after first year, or want to stay on campus over summer, we open applications for summer accommodation after Easter each year.

Need someone to speak to?

We have a dedicated independent student outreach team to support you on your journey to university, including our dedicated contact Vanessa. You can contact our team at outreach-independent-student@york.ac.uk

We also have dedicated support for students whilst they study at York through our Student Support Team at student-independent@york.ac.uk

Visit our Care Leavers web page     

Visit our Estranged Students web page