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York St John is a University of Higher Education with an Anglican foundation offering degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The origins of York St John can be traced back to the diocesan teacher training college, St Johns College, founded in York in 1841. It developed through a merger with the women's teacher training college in Ripon in 1975 to form the College of Ripon and York St John. In 2001, following a wide ranging strategic review, York St John withdrew from its site in Ripon to consolidate and further develop its provision on it site at Lord Mayor's Walk in York.

York St John received approval from the Privy Council of the United Kingdom to become a University College and later adopted the full title of York St John University as of 1 October 2006. The name change came after York St John was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers in September of 2005 and full Univeristy Status in August 2006.

The University itself is situated just out side York city centre with the main campus being across the road from the ancient city walls. Accommodation is available on and off campus. Our off campus accommodation is situated within very easy walking distance of both the campus and the city centre.

Campus and facilities

York St John University is an outstanding university, known for its academic excellence and responsive nature, always putting the student at the heart of everything it does. Our magnificent campus is located in the centre of the historic City of York. Our eleven-acre site on Lord Mayor’s Walk is in a stunning setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls.

Our award winning campus has undergone a £90 million transformation over the past 10 years to ensure students benefit from the right environment in which to study and live. Originally built around a quadrangle, newer buildings including De Grey Court and the Fountains Learning Centre which houses the library, IT facilities and a modern lecture theatre. The Foss Building houses our sports hall, a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms.

Other facilities include a dance studio, drama studio, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios. There is a number of catering outlets and the Students’ Union has a bar, café, shop and offices on campus.

Find out more about our campus and our facilities


If you have applied to come to York St John and made us your firm choice it is likely that we will be able to make you an offer of accommodation. However as demand for rooms usually exceeds supply we make a room allocation taking into account factors like the distance of your journey from home, and whether you have any additional needs.

Our accommodation

We know that finding the right accommodation will be very important to you as a new student, choosing a place which suits your needs and your budget, so please take the opportunity to browse our different types of residence below, to decide what's best for you.

For students who come to us through Clearing or as an insurance choice, and for returning students, it is unlikely we will be able to make you an offer of accommodation except in exceptional circumstances. Most of our students in this position choose to take on a private tenancy with a group of friends; student housing in York is plentiful but please take time to read the information in the Private Housing section so you are aware of what to expect.

What's available?

We offer accommodation in University-owned and managed residences on both a semi-catered and self-catered basis. Over 600 of our rooms are en-suite. All our sites are semi-covered by CCTV.

Find our more about our accommodation

The Accommodation Office

The Accommodation Office offers a comprehensive service to all students who have any concerns whatsoever regarding YSJ-owned or private accommodation. Information is available on all aspects of accommodation, including updated accommodation lists, contracts and vacancies.

Please contact the Accommodation Office T: 01904 876660 / 876409 E:

The Student Union

Your Higher Education studies will almost certainly be the most enjoyable and significant years of your life. But studying is only one part of the student experience.

As a York St John University student, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union. This gives you access to all the services we provide from emotional and academic support, advice and representation through to clubs, societies, volunteering and entertainment. We believe that University can transform your life and we want to help you do that in whatever way you want.

The Students’ Union is a democratic organisation - students elect other students to run it on their behalf.

Union officers are elected each year to represent your interests at every level within the university and outside in the local and national communities. We represent every aspect of our student body and are continually looking for ways to make things better from removing parking charges on campus for disabled students to improving catering for first year students on campus.

And yes, we do have a bar, albeit a little less dramatic than the one in Hollyoaks. We also have a shop and a café so everything you need is provided on campus in a building where there is always something going on – from film showings to salsa classes, live music to fashion shows, freecycling to yoga.

Try new sports, show off your creative talents, become a campaigner … and much more!

To get a further insight into the work of the Students' Union visit the student union website

Student Services

Our Student Services are available to you, at any time throughout your student life, to make sure you get the best out of your time at University. They are the first point of call for any questions you may have about your student experience at York St John University. They work closely with other teams and departments within the University so if we don't know the answer we usually know someone that does!

They can help you with any problems you may face including academic queries, directions to areas of the University, they can book appointments with specialist staff and feedback any thoughts you may have about your time here to the relevant department or member of staff.

Find out more about the expertise and support our Student Services teams can offer.

For further information T: 01904 876477 or E:

Visit York St John

The best way to find out about York St John University is to come along and visit us. Our open days are the ideal opportunity to come and see if York St John is the right place for you.

Find out more about our Open Days

If you would like further details please contact us: T: 01904 876960, E:

Can’t make an open day?

If you are unable to attend one of the open days, then you are welcome to come on one of the campus tours, which are scheduled for 3.00pm on Wednesdays or 1.00pm on Thursdays. To book a tour please call 01904 876503.

Taster Days

We also hold a number of Taster Days throughout the year, to give you a chance to see whether York St John is the right place for you. These days are aimed at Year 12 Students.

Find out more about our Taster Days

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