University of York

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By paisleyellie

Love York Uni for many many reasons. I really would recommend to anyone that they should go here because it's got something for everyone. The only thing I would say is, if you've got problems, make sure to ask your supervisor who is best to speak to, because they aren't always going to be able to help with specific problems and it can be difficult to get help with the GPs in York because they're so busy all the time.

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Hello! Our official representatives are members of our Student Recruitment team. Every year we talk to thousands of students from all over the world in schools, at fairs and at our open days. We’d be really pleased to chat to you about studying at the University of York. You may have questions about our courses, entry requirements, the application process, our accommodation or the student experience at York - please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Facilities

Study areas

Our extensive Library is open 24/7, 362 days of the year. It includes over 1,500 study and social learning spaces. You’ll also find impressive study facilities in other buildings across campus, including the Piazza and the Ron Cooke Hub’s lakeside pods and collaborative study spaces.

Our King’s Manor Library in the city centre has collections relating to architecture, archaeology, medieval studies and eighteenth century studies. The York Minster Library is also open to all members of the University. You can hop on a free weekly shuttle bus from campus to take advantage of the world-class resources at the British Library in Boston Spa, just 15 miles from York.

Teaching spaces

Our excellent teaching and learning spaces, laboratories and research facilities allow you to study in a way that’s convenient to you. We continually invest in our teaching and research facilities to provide you with a world-class experience. Our most recent investments are in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Environment and Geography.

Sports facilities

Stay healthy, de-stress and enjoy our award-winning sports facilities, recognised as some of the best in the region. Our facilities include a competition-standard swimming pool, floodlit 3G football pitches, an Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome, floodlit road cycle circuit, regional standard athletics stadium, the recently opened York Sport arena and 39 acres of grass playing fields.

Space to reflect

You can access a number of dedicated spaces for prayer and reflection on campus. The chaplains can provide information on places for worship both on and off campus.

Food and drink outlets

Campus is packed with interesting places to eat and drink in a relaxed setting. There are also three supermarkets, where you can pick up your groceries and essentials.

Courses and fees

Courses

With a wide range of undergraduate courses to choose from at York, you can study a subject that you enjoy and find a course that is right for you.

Free online courses

We also offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) for a short, interactive, higher education experience and the chance to be part of a global learning community. Courses last three to four weeks and are delivered through online videos, quizzes, case studies and discussions with your fellow learners. Designed by our own academics, these courses are a great opportunity to explore your subject and get a taste of university-level teaching.

You can participate from anywhere in the world, totally free of charge. There are no entry requirements - the courses are open to anyone, regardless of background or location.

UK/EU tuition fees

Fees for 2019 entry to York and the Hull York Medical School will be £9,250 per year for UK/EU students (as well as for Channel Islands and Isle of Man residents).

Fees for 2020 entry are subject to government policy and approval and will be announced online as soon as possible.

Note for EU students: the Government hasn't yet confirmed whether EU students starting in 2020/21 will continue to pay UK fees after the UK's exit from the European Union. The latest information will be announced on our website and via gov.uk

International tuition fees

For 2019 entry to York, international tuition fees range from £17,120 to £21,330 per year (excluding Medicine).

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to help with tuition fees and living expenses. We also offer a bursary for students who have been in the care of their local authority. Find out what funding you could be eligible for.

Accommodation

Our accommodation is centred around our colleges, each with a welcoming, supportive community. You can choose from a variety of room types and options to suit you and your budget.

We guarantee you an offer of a room on or near campus in your first year if you’re a new, full-time undergraduate and apply by the deadline published online. We also guarantee our international students accommodation in subsequent years.

College life

York is one of just a handful of universities with a college system. We have nine colleges, including Wentworth, our dedicated postgraduate college. Your college will provide you with a network of support, friendship, facilities, and a full calendar of events and activities to get involved in.

Each college has its own personality but every college aims to cultivate your academic curiosity, develop your skills and employability and support your health and wellbeing.

Helping you settle in

Current students will welcome you on arrivals day and organise events to help you meet your future college friends. Student mentors also offer support and guidance through your first year.

Living Here

Location

York is easy to get to from anywhere in the world, with great rail links and airports nearby. Located in the North of England, York isn’t far from other major UK cities so it’s a great base to explore other parts of the UK.

Our compact campus

Our parkland campus, within walking distance of York’s inspiring city centre, provides everything you need to make the most of your university experience. There are plenty of ways to enjoy culture on campus, including watching theatre, catching a classic film at the student cinema or enjoying a musical performance.

Our city of contrasts

Famed for its rich history and heritage and loved for its contemporary culture, York is the best of both worlds. A day in the city with friends might include exploring York’s Roman, Viking, Georgian and chocolate history in one of the city’s museums, relaxing in the green surroundings of the Museum Gardens or walking the ancient City Walls. An evening could be spent in one of York’s creative venues or indulging in street food from Spark:York - a relaxed social space made up of converted shipping-containers.

Open days

Get to know us better and explore our fantastic campus at one of our Open Days.

You’ll find out what it’s like to study and live here and have chance to visit York’s inspiring city centre. You can enjoy a programme of talks and mini-lectures, take a tour of campus and see our accommodation and fantastic facilities.

Term dates

2019/2020

  • Autumn term: 30 September 2019 - 6 December 2019
  • Spring term: 6 January 2020 - 13 March 2020
  • Summer term: Tuesday 14 April 2020 - 19 June 2020 (term begins on a Tuesday as Easter Monday falls on 13 April)

2020/2021

  • Autumn term: 28 September 2020 - 4 December 2020
  • Spring term: 11 January 2021 - 19 March 2021
  • Summer term: 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021

Top questions

What's the weirdest thing to happen at the university?

Archaeological excavations on our campus uncovered the oldest surviving human brain in Britain, dating back at least 2,000 years to the Iron Age.

What grants/scholarships do you offer? 

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to help with tuition fees and living expenses. We also offer a bursary for students who have been in the care of their local authority. Find out what funding you could be eligible for.

How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?

Our employability programme, York Futures, gives you the chance to develop your skills, strengths and leadership qualities. Starting in your first year, our unique approach gives you the time you need to explore your options and take full advantage of our broad range of personal development opportunities

What's university welfare and disability support like?

Our Disability Services Team can arrange academic support and adjustments if you have a disability or long-term health condition that has a significant impact on your ability to study. They offer advice to students and promote inclusivity across the University.

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason? 

Our college and academic supervisors are at the heart of our support system, alongside student support services and our Students’ Union (YUSU). They’ll help and advise you, or refer you to other appropriate support.

During your first few weeks, current students called Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs) will help you settle in and get to know other students. You will also meet Second and Third Year Mentors (STYMs) who provide peer support throughout your first year. STYMs are trained to listen and encourage; offering practical advice and a friendly ear.

Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?

All new undergraduate mature students are invited to an induction day before term starts as well as events during Welcome Week and throughout the year. Our student-led Mature Students' Association (MSA) also organises social events.

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?

Freshers’ Week introduces you to the campus, city and your housemates. Your college, department and the Students’ Union (YUSU) will all run welcome and induction events to help you meet friends and settle in.

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?

York is a campus university with a city experience - the best of both worlds! You can enjoy the convenience and security of our campus whilst being close to the action of the city centre.

What sort of societies are there?

The University of York Students' Union (YUSU) offers over 200 student societies, all entirely organised by and for students. From astronomy to aerobics and politics to poetry - there's plenty to choose from. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always start your own.

How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?

To get to the city centre, you can jump on the fast, frequent bus service and be in town within 20 minutes (outside peaks times). If you'd prefer to cycle it takes about 15 minutes and by foot it's around 30 minutes, depending on how fast you can go!

How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?    

The majority of our academic departments, colleges and facilities are based on either Campus East or West. If you need to travel between campuses, you can hop on the free shuttle bus, travel 20 minutes walking or 10 minutes by bike.

In the city centre, the 15th-century King's Manor is home to the Department of Archaeology. If you're studying medicine you will be based at either our York or Hull campus.

What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?

94% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 (HESA), full-time UK students).

Travel information

York Railway Station is only 2 miles from the main campus and is accessible by the bus service - FirstBus numbers 66 and 66X - that departs from University Road every 10 minutes. These bus services stop off at the city centre before reaching the station, making it an excellent means of reaching the heart of York quickly and efficiently.

York has excellent nationwide rail links as it is a key interchange point and is also on the main London-Edinburgh route. Journeys from Leeds, Doncaster, Selby and Thirsk can all be comfortably managed in less than 30 minutes.

Other Contact Details

Address:
University of York,
University Road,
Heslington,
York,
YO10 5DD,
UK

Telephone Number:
+44 (0)1904 320 000