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.
Learning & Teaching Resources
Fountains Learning Centre
As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best student experience, our Fountains Learning Centre has been transformed during the summer of 2011. The three floors of the library have been modernised during this major £1.1 million investment project to enhance student learning, but the most significant changes have taken place on the ground floor.
The David Hope RE Centre in York
The David Hope RE Centre in York is one of the major religious education resource centres in the UK. It provides resources and a consultancy service for teachers and headteachers in both church and community schools and serves church ministers, youth workers and others involved in religious education both within their own faith community and in the wider community.
The Centre is an inset provider for individual schools, local education authorities and dioceses, and arranges courses for clergy, teachers, governors and others working in religious education. It provides short term in-service training for schools on issues such as RE, Collective Worship, Church School Ethos and Moral and Spiritual Development. Training programmes are negotiated individually with the Head of Centre.
Yorkshire Film Archive
The Yorkshire Film Archive is the publicly recognised moving image archive for the region. As an independent charity, the Archive's remit is to collect, preserve and make accessible the moving image heritage of Yorkshire. The archive has recently moved to new premises based on the ground floor of the Fountains Learning Centre which was made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Yorkshire Forward.
The archive holds approximately 10,000 films with the earliest dating from 1897. The collection includes films made by the early pioneering film makers, documentaries, newsreels, industrial,promotional and educational films, home movies and regional television collections. To view a film, you must make an appointment to use one of the viewing stations at the Archive.
Health & sports facilities
The Foss Building houses the University's sports performance area, complete with climbing wall and facilities for basketball, netball, badminton, indoor football, cricket and volleyball. It also contains laboratories for physiology, biomechanics (with a Kissler Force Platform), psychology, physiotherapy and a fitness suite.
We have recently acquired 57 acres of outdoor sports facilities within a ten minute walk of campus, we want to ensure we make the best use of all the space has to offer to shape our plan for sport and it’s successful delivery. Find out more about our plans for the York St John University Sports Centre Nestlé Rowntree Park
Art & design studios
The Art Block and the Design Centre include spacious studios and workshops, with access to technical support and IT and multimedia resources.
Performance & production spaces
Located around the quadrangle at the heart of York St John, the performance spaces include two dedicated TV studios, digital non-linear edit suites, PCS kits, digital imaging equipment and equipment for sound manipulation. Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television have established a joint newsroom on campus. There are also facilities available for set design and construction and prop and costume making. Dance studios are in this area, with the music block and practice rooms nearby.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Our 2013 Open Day dates are
- Monday 1 July
- Saturday 17 August
- Saturday 7 September
- Saturday 26 October
- Wednesday 30 October
Open Days will run from 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Book onto one of our Open Days
If you would like further details please contact us: T: 01904 876960, E: email@example.com
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.