We're here to help make the move to your new home at York hassle free.
Our accommodation guarantee for care leavers and estranged students
If you apply to York as a new first-year undergraduate student for 2022/23 entry and receive an offer from us, we will guarantee you an offer of a room in single-occupancy accommodation that is owned, managed or approved by the University, provided that you complete the following steps by 9 June 2022:
- accept York as your firm choice
- submit your accommodation application and pay an advance payment of £200 to secure your room
You'll be able to stay in University accommodation for 365 days of the year should you need to. Find out more about applying for accommodation.
Opportunity for all
Here at York we are dedicated to widening access to higher education regardless of background or individual circumstance.
- If you are a UK student due to receive the maximum UK government maintenance loan for 2022/3 entry you will not be required to make an advance payment to secure your room. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with confirmation of your loan arrangements.
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
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.
Deferring your advance payment
We ask for a £200 advance payment when you accept your room. If you'll struggle to pay for this, simply let us know in the supporting comments section when you apply for accommodation. We can defer the payment until your first term's rent is due in October.
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.
If you decide you'd like to live on campus again after your first year, we open applications for continuing students in November each year. You can apply as an individual, or as a group with friends.
Need someone to speak to?
Whether it's help with your accommodation application, or a question about coming to, or living at university, Fran - our Care Leaver and Estranged Student Adviser, is your dedicated contact.