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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.

More than 16,000 students representing 150+ countries

Nearly 4,000 staff committed to proving an outstanding student experience

A dedicated student support team

A beautiful green campus within walking distance of the city centre

Outstanding facilities

  • 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.

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 you can currently get a day of unlimited travel around York for £3.20.

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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 our other colleges across campus. There is also a wide selection of private sector housing available within walking distance of the University.

University accommodation

City life

York city centre is just a stone-throw away from our beautiful campus. Explore the winding medieval streets, museums, cosy pubs and of course, the iconic York Minster.

York city guide

York is a lovely, peaceful and pretty place to live. When the Sunday Times awarded York as the best city to live in in 2018, I was so proud of it and have never regretted choosing York as my home in the UK. The historical city walls, the Viking-oriented atmosphere inside the Jorvik Museum and the grand ambience and architecture of York Minster are my top highlights of the city.

Gracia, postgraduate Politics student

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.

How we can support you and your family

Graduate community

We're one of a handful of universities in the UK with both a graduate students' union 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.

Find out more about college life

Graduate Students' Association

Our student-led Graduate Students' Association (GSA) will help support and represent you. They run a varied programme of activities and networking events each year, including a Postgraduate Welcome Week - one of the largest 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 inquire about studying with us, right through to the end of your course and beyond.

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.

We also have support available specifically for postgraduate research students through The York Graduate Research School, such as mentoring, academic skills development support and a dedicated postgraduate careers consultant.

Find out more about our support services

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