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Students' Union (YUSU)

The University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) is here to represent, assist and entertain you throughout your time at York. They also support a diverse range of student-run activities including societies, sports and volunteering opportunities.

What is YUSU?

Run for, with, and by students, YUSU ( is led by a team of five elected full-time sabbatical officers, who are all York students or recent graduates. They’re here to help you share ideas, create change, gain new skills and access support.

Every student that studies here automatically becomes a member of the union - totally free of charge. If you're joining us a postgraduate student, you'll also be part of the Graduate Students' Association.

Watch YUSU's Love York video to find out what they do which includes:

  • 200+ societies
  • 65+ sports clubs
  • 1 Summer Ball
  • 5 award ceremonies
  • And much more...


Events and socials

YUSU run regular events and socials online, on campus and in the city. You can enjoy a diverse programme of performances, charity fundraisers, sporting events and festivals that cater for a variety of tastes.

Top tip: If you're planning to attend an Open Day make sure to catch their popular student life talk.

Alongside colleges, YUSU plays a key role during Freshers' Week. Whether it be signing up for societies and sports teams at Freshers' Fair, or getting involved with the variety of events on offer, YUSU puts on something for everyone during the week.

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Freshers Festival 2019

Volunteering and fundraising

YUSU can help you make a difference, whether you've got an hour or a whole week to spare. You can take part in fun Raising and Giving (RAG) activities on and off campus in aid of good causes.

You might even like to run your own fundraising event, get involved with a volunteering project or take part in a fundraising challenge. YUSU can support you to do just that.

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Raising and Giving (RAG)

I was in Tanzania one summer as I was part of group of students climbing Kilimanjaro. I did that instead of an internship because you’re only a student once - I’m going to be working for the rest of my life so I took advantage of the opportunity to do something different. We had to fundraise from Christmas to about June and then we flew out. We went to see a school that the charity supported when we were out there. It was great seeing the charity logos everywhere and seeing the impact that the fundraising had for the pupils.

Henry, BA Economics and Finance

Societies and sports 

There are over 200 student-run societies and more than 60 sports clubs for you to get involved in. Societies are student groups who meet to take part in an activity or share an interest. At York, this could be anything from astronomy to aerobics and politics to poetry – there’s plenty to choose from.

Joining a society is a fantastic way to meet new people, indulge your existing interests or try something completely new. You don’t have to be an expert to join – it’s all about new experiences, making friends and having fun.

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Playing sport, participating in a society or working in a YUSU venue are some of the best ways to spend time enjoying what you love most at York. Uni life is so much more than just a degree, so make the most of every opportunity and get involved!

The YUSU Sabbatical Team

Advice and Welfare

If you need help or support relating to your course or personal matters, staff in the Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre (ASC) can provide friendly advice.

Find out more about our support services

Campaigning and representation

Meet YUSU's full-time sabbatical officers 2019/20

YUSU works with academic departments to elect student reps at course, department and faculty level. Reps take students' feedback and ideas to the right places.

There are also a number of specialist officers and groups who can help you get support and campaign for something you believe in.

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"One of the main things we did was start up a maths tutoring scheme for first years. We realised that a lot of Politics, Economics and Philosophy students struggled with the maths modules if they hadn’t done maths A-Level and we thought we’d work together to do something about it. This year we’ve done a trial run and next year the director of the PPE departments wants all first years to have access to our scheme."

Selina and Beni, Academic representatives of the year 2014, Department of Philosophy, Politics and Economics