Uni of York: College choice!

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Hey,
I'm applying to York and I am really stuck on what college to choose, while I have noted the distances to the Law faculty already for each college, I am really indecisive about which one to choose.
To give you an idea of what I am looking for:
- I really like old architecture (Oxford Type)
- Self- Catered
- Friendly and Accepting
Let me know if you have any suggestions or just tips about York Colleges )
Thank you!!
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I’ve visited york uni and I have to say none of the accommodation/college buildings are old architecture as far as I saw however the new colleges in campus east look really cool, they’re all modern and the shared flat thing I saw looked really nice, so I’d probably suggest that, especially bc the law school is in campus east too! pretty sure you can be self catered at all on on campus east but i could be wrong
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Sounds great thank you! Was there any college in the East that stood out at all?
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Sounds great thank you! Was there any college in the East that stood out at all?
I might be wrong, but I think that when you apply to York you don't choose a college? You just apply to the uni itself, it's not like Oxbridge. I think you get allocated them/a choice when it comes to picking accommodation.
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I might be wrong, but I think that when you apply to York you don't choose a college? You just apply to the uni itself, it's not like Oxbridge. I think you get allocated them/a choice when it comes to picking accommodation.
Oh yes you're right. I just checked, oh well that is odd, I know both Oxbridge and Durham ask you to chose. Thank you for letting me know!
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Oh yes you're right. I just checked, oh well that is odd, I know both Oxbridge and Durham ask you to chose. Thank you for letting me know!
You're welcome!
I think it's because colleges in York are more like halls of residence... in Oxbridge you have teaching within your college, but that doesn't happen at York. Good luck with your application
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Oh yes you're right. I just checked, oh well that is odd, I know both Oxbridge and Durham ask you to chose. Thank you for letting me know!
Because York colleges don't have the status of listed bodies as Oxbridge or Durham do. But that's just a legal issue. York colleges have no real differences comparing to most colleges in Durham, so I won't take that too seriously.
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(Original post by isab3llasanch3z)
Hey,
I'm applying to York and I am really stuck on what college to choose, while I have noted the distances to the Law faculty already for each college, I am really indecisive about which one to choose.
To give you an idea of what I am looking for:
- I really like old architecture (Oxford Type)
- Self- Catered
- Friendly and Accepting
Let me know if you have any suggestions or just tips about York Colleges )
Thank you!!
East Campus accommodation is modern and nice, but also expensive! Though it is close to Law so you can roll out of bed for lectures (especially Goodricke).
The accommodation on West campus is mostly 60s brutalist architecture, definitely not old Oxford vibes! Some like James college and 'new Vanbrugh' is newer (and nicer)

The option that sounds like it ticks all your boxes is actually Fairfax (Vanbrugh)...
It's about a 10 min walk from west campus, but I live there and also have some lectures in the law building and getting there by bus in the morning is quite reasonable as east campus classes start at 9.30 instead of 9.
Fairfax is a pretty 1920s townhouse so has that history, It is also catered accommodation. The main downside for me is you're not split into 'flats' and the kitchens are quite small so you don't get that same flat bond. On the flip side, if you don't like the people in your kitchen, you don't have to see them, and theres 89 other people in the building you can choose to be friends with. Breakfast and dinner are a good time to socialise, I've gotten to know a lot of people by 'table hopping' (sitting with different people each time). Obviously the people living there change every year, so I can't guarantee anything, but everyone in my cohort is lovely!
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(Original post by isab3llasanch3z)
Hey,
I'm applying to York and I am really stuck on what college to choose, while I have noted the distances to the Law faculty already for each college, I am really indecisive about which one to choose.
To give you an idea of what I am looking for:
- I really like old architecture (Oxford Type)
- Self- Catered
- Friendly and Accepting
Let me know if you have any suggestions or just tips about York Colleges )
Thank you!!
unfortunately none of the colleges are old architecture (except maybe fairfax but i acc don't know how you even apply for there) but if you want to live near some beautiful, 'oxford type' architecture then you should look at derwent which is situated right next to Heslington Hall. but derwent is ugly ngl so you'd have to sacrifice that.
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