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How are you feeling about going to uni? Excited? Nervous? If so, don't worry. The run-up to starting can be a mixed bag of emotions for many people. But we'd like to reassure you that we're here to support you, and make your journey to York as smooth as possible.

To help you prepare, we asked our students to share their tips for things to do over the summer, settling in and making friends, and some of their favourite student-friendly recipes.

Check our New students' welcome for all the info you need to know before you arrive.

Things to do over the summer

Student recipes

For many students, going to university is their first taste of independent living. If you're starting with little or no cooking experience, we've got you covered. We asked some of our current students what they love to cook (and eat) at uni.

Settling in and making friends

During your first weeks, our 2nd- and 3rd-Years will help you move in, get you settled and show you around. You'll also meet student mentors, who'll provide peer support through your first year. They're trained to offer practical advice and a friendly ear.

Freshers' Week

What's it really like, and what can you expect? During the week, our Students’ Union puts on events for 1st-Years – one being Freshers’ Fair, where you’ll find stalls for societies and sports clubs. It's a great opportunity to get involved in our campus community.