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Living and learning

At York you'll conduct your research in outstanding research facilities and interdisciplinary centres. We also offer a range of support and a wealth of opportunities to help you to share and celebrate your work.

  • £500m invested to expand our campus.
  • 2,000 research students supported by York Graduate Research School.
  • 24/7 library with 1,500 study spaces including dedicated areas for researchers.
  • beautiful green campus within walking distance of the city centre.
  • 8 doctoral training centres offering multidisciplinary centres of expertise.

Specialist facilities and interdisciplinary research

We're home to a large number of world-renowned research institutes, centres and state-of-the-art facilities.

Supporting our researchers

York Graduate Research School is at the heart of our research student community at York.

The School works with departments to support you throughout your time here. It'll also let you know about what's going on at the University, from events to funding opportunities.

Research in the Department of Electronic Engineering's clean room.

Celebrating our researchers

Share your research and find out about the breadth of research activity at York. We offer a range of events to help you develop your professional skills. You'll also get the chance to share your research with a wide audience. Opportunities to engage with research at York include:

  • Three-minute thesis competition (3MT®) - the chance to communicate the impact of your research to a broad audience
  • PhD Research Spotlight - poster competition where research students can showcase their work
  • YorkTalks - a bite-sized way to find out about the world-leading research at York
  • York ResearchBites - share your research with a varied, non-specialist audience
  • Falling Walls Lab York - three minutes to articulate how your research contributes to the fall of intellectual, societal and scientific walls
  • And last but not least, your department will also arrange a variety of events, from socials to colloquiums and public lectures.

YorkTalks postgraduate research poster competition

"York offered me so many opportunities to expand my skills alongside my studies. I joined in my department's weekly colloquiums, listening to and interacting with top scholars in my field. I received training on giving papers and presentations and was part of a weekly Work in Progress group, sharing my research with other research students. The department helped me find funding to attend conferences and present papers. I was also able to get involved in organising conferences, which is valuable experience if you plan to enter academia."

Ro Smith (PhD Philosophy, 2015)

Campus life

Our main campus is divided into two areas: Campus East and Campus West, and it's located just outside the city centre. We also have a smaller site in the heart of the city, King's Manor. Getting around is easy on foot or by bike and you can also use the fast and frequent bus services. It's free to travel between Campus East and West and it currently costs £2 for a return ticket to the city centre and railway station.

Take our online campus tour

For entertainment and culture on campus, there is a choice of concerts, films and plays, and you can join one of our many student societies. You might also be interested in our Open Lecture series and TED-style YorkTalks event. You can also keep fit and healthy while you study in our flagship sport and fitness facilities.

Your home at York

We offer an excellent range of accommodation for postgraduate students, on or close to campus. Our graduate-only college, Wentworth, is a centre of postgraduate activity on Campus West. We also offer postgraduate accommodation in four other colleges across campus. There is also a wide selection of private sector housing available within walking distance of the University.

York life 

Lively, full of culture and beautiful, York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.

With its famously soaring Gothic Minster, winding medieval streets, museums, theatres, pubs, cafés and specialist boutiques, York attracts visitors from across the world. Our friendly city also offers vibrant nightlife, festivals, live music and family attractions all year round.

“I love living and studying in York because it has a mixture of history and modern vibe through its buildings, events, and places. It also feels very safe. I tell my friends that York is so cosy - it’s not too big of a place to get distracted and not too small of a place to feel bored - it’s just right.”

Dilys, LLM International Corporate and Commercial Law

Students with families

There is a great range of schools within walking distance of campus.

York is one of the UK’s safest cities, with excellent amenities and a great range of schools, including four schools within walking distance of campus. The city offers a variety of childcare options and there is also a campus nursery and an on-campus health centre.

If you're a parent you can get involved with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) Family Network, which can help you meet other students with children.

Graduate community

We're one of a handful of universities in the UK with both a Graduate Students' Association and a college system, making it easier for you to meet new people and make friends.

Our graduate-only college, Wentworth, provides a base for postgraduate students with dedicated social spaces on campus and Wentworth Online, an online community for our distance learners.

Our student-led Graduate Students' Association (GSA) are here to support and represent you. They also run a varied programme of activities and networking events each year, including a postgraduate welcome week - one of the largest in the UK!

They offer an advice service and a year-round calendar of social and academic events, including one of the largest postgraduate welcome weeks in the UK.

They also provide the Postgraduate Community Fund which helps students set up and fund their own community event or project to enhance postgraduate student life at York.

Our international community

International students form an integral part of our campus community, with nearly half of our postgraduate students coming from overseas.

We are committed to ensuring you receive the very best support from the moment you enquire about studying with us, right through to the end of your course and beyond.

International Students' Association Global Week Food Fiesta.

Your support network

We offer a network of support services designed to give you easy access to help and advice if you need it.

This range of support includes an academic supervisor, health services, and specialist advisers who you can talk to about housing, finances, childcare, and your health and wellbeing.

Research environment

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