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.
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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.
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.
Leadership and volunteering
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.
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.
During your first week you'll also be guided by some of our second and third year students (known as STYCs), who will help you settle into life at York. You will also have College tutors that you can talk to all year round, they're postgraduate students who can provide confidential help and support.
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.
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.