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Much more than a place to live, you'll be part of your college community from day one. Enrich your university experience and make friends for life.

What is a college?

York is one of a handful of universities with a college system. We have nine colleges, including Wentworth, our dedicated postgraduate college.

Whether you live on or off campus, your college will provide you with a network of support, friendship, facilities and a full calendar of events and activities to ease you into university life.

Got a question about college life?

Talk to a current student online to find out all you need to know.

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Settling in

Getting involved with college events during Welcome Week is a great way to help you settle in.

Your first few weeks at university are far less daunting with the help of our current students.

They’ll welcome you on arrivals day and lead a host of freshers’ events to help you get your bearings. Student mentors also offer support and guidance throughout your first year.

What to expect from Welcome Week 

College sport and activities

Every week colleges compete in over 20 college sporting leagues. There is regular training and coaching for all team members who range from beginners to seasoned pros.

Colleges are also bustling with student-led events and activities – from big summer parties to club meet-ups and live music events to bake-off competitions.

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Leadership and volunteering

Our Careers service and the Students' Union also offer a range of volunteering and fundraising opportunities.

One of the best ways to get involved in your college is to run for a position on the college committee. You could deliver campaigns, design and sell college clothing, or co-ordinate the sports teams and arrange socials.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities

Support and guidance

Each college has a wellbeing team of staff and students. They’ll welcome and support you and help you make the most of college and university life.

Your college and your academic supervisor are at the heart of your support network, alongside Student Support and your Students’ Union. They’ll help and advise you, or refer you to other appropriate support.

Find out more about our support services


Second and third year students will be on hand to help you move in!

Catering and social facilities

Our colleges have a range of bars, cafés, dining halls, common rooms and study areas. These spaces are perfect for relaxing and catching up with friends, or for refuelling between lectures.

Find out more about food and drink on campus

Which college?

Each college is different with its own personality depending on its history, accommodation, layout, location, facilities and the people who live there. But every college has the same aims to cultivate your academic curiosity, develop your skills and employability, and support your health and wellbeing.

Although some departments are located within college buildings, you don't need to apply for a particular college based on your course. Our campus location means that all our colleges are a short walk to our departments and teaching buildings.

You’ll grow to love your college, whichever it is.