Living and learning
Join a thriving graduate community with everything you need to make the most of your time here. Our beautiful, green campus offers outstanding study spaces, university accommodation, cafés, a health centre, a nursery, sports facilities and an extensive library.
- £500m invested to expand our campus.
- More than 16,000 students representing 140+ countries.
- Nearly 4,000 staff committed to proving an outstanding student experience.
- 24/7 library with 1,200 study spaces including dedicated postgraduate areas.
- A beautiful green campus within walking distance of the city centre.
- Some of our recent investments include state-of-the art teaching and research buildings, and facilities for our Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Environment.
- Our 24/7 library includes dedicated postgraduate areas and over 1,200 study places with flexible options for single or group study, in quiet areas or social learning spaces.
- Our extensive library collections are housed in locations on campus and in the city centre. Also, the British Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa is just 15 miles from York.
- On campus, our stunning new facilities at the Ron Cooke Hub include 24-hour access to study desks, pods and a collaborative study space.
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.
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.
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.
"York is a fantastic place to live. To me the city now feels like a home from home. Without the knowledge, friends, experience and network of contacts I acquired at York, I wouldn't be where I am today."
Andrew Manns, Lead Audio Systems Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover (MA Post-production with Sound Design)
Students with families
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.
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’re 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.
We offer specially designed Pre-Masters courses to prepare international students for postgraduate study. These will help you to strengthen your study, academic and English language skills before you begin a taught Masters degree.
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.
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