The University of York is a world-class, research-intensive Russell Group university, in one of Europe's most beautiful cities. The university combines academic excellence with an inclusive culture, and students leave equipped to prosper in a global workplace.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university is composed of individual colleges


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

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Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: Y50

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 78%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 17%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library is open 24/7, 362 days of the year, and offers access to bright and open study spaces to suit all learning styles from group work to individual study. There is a café and access to a kitchen. Resources include around one million printed volumes, including research materials, thousands of e-journal and e-books, music and multimedia.
  • In addition to the central library, study spaces are found on Campus East. Specialist libraries are at King's Manor and York Minster, and there is a wealth of material held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives – one of the largest archives outside of London.
  • The award-winning university library service works with staff and student communities to enhance and improve students' experience. The team provides skills support and training, with a strong focus on digital skills support.

Student jobs

  • There is good availability of part-time work, internships, volunteering placements and graduate vacancies, facilitated through the opportunities dashboard on the Careers Gateway.
  • The Student Internship Bureau also sources paid project-based internships with local employers, exclusively for University of York students.

Careers advice

  • The innovative York Futures employability initiative helps students develop their self-awareness, understand their options, reflect on their experiences and prepare for a career they’ll thrive in. The programme helps students identify their personal strengths, how they like to work and what they need to do to prepare for their career.
  • Students are actively encouraged to pursue local, national or international work by taking a placement year. All students at York have the opportunity to pursue a substantive work placement.
  • York is well-known in the Russell Group for its strength in giving students international experience. Its Centre for Global Programmes has a wide range options to study or work abroad, including free language and cultural preparation courses. International Study Centres are short summer courses delivered with leading universities such as the University of Cape Town, George Washington University, Peking University and the Higher School of Economics in both Moscow and St Petersburg.
  • Students benefit from the advice of experienced staff and can participate in events with recruiting employers as well as build skills through volunteering, internships and other work experience, and enterprise support. They can also build networks: an award-winning online case studies and mentoring platform provides opportunities for students to engage with York's global alumni network.

Health services

  • The health centre closest to campus is Unity Health. The practice has a webpage for students explaining how to register, opening times and what services are available.
  • There is a Yor Sexual Health Clinic in the Centre of Immunology and Infection, which offers free and confidential advice on contraception and sexual health.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university's Open Door team provides York students with professional counselling and support for psychological and mental health difficulties.
  • The Samaritans have drop-in sessions on campus twice a week.
  • Well-being support and advice is provided by the Student Hub, college teams, chaplaincy, academic supervisors, and the Students' Union. The university has also invested in providing mental health first aid training for student-facing staff.

Disability support

  • The University of York's experienced Disability Services staff arrange academic support and adjustments for students with a disability or long-term health condition that has a significant impact on their ability to study.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Hub offers specialist advice on issues affecting students, including student finance, housing, immigration and more.
  • Following significant investment, doubling the size of the campus, there are a flexible learning spaces and informal meeting areas, including at the new Spring Lane Building and the Piazza Building. The campus offers a variety of bars, cafés and shops – and a new retail development opened in 2018 added further shops, cafés, restaurants and a new supermarket. These facilities help create a sense of community and a friendly and welcoming campus.
  • The university provides the following specialist course facilities: a production village with broadcast, post-production and theatrical facilities; a natural sciences and laboratory complex; and the Humanities Research Centre with a dedicated postgraduate humanities library.

Students' Union

  • The University of York Students' Union (YUSU) is run for, with and by students, representing student views to the university and the city, and providing a student voice on national issues. YUSU also has an independent Advice and Support Centre to support students with any problems that arise whilst at university.
  • YUSU hosts club nights in York city centre throughout term time. It also runs a number of major events including Freshers' Week, Roses − the annual varsity event against Lancaster University and largest inter-university competition in Europe − and the end of year Summer Ball at York Racecourse.
  • YUSU provides opportunities for students to gain employability skills, as well as to try something new, while at university and funds hundreds of societies, sports clubs, volunteering and fundraising opportunities for students to get involved in.


  • Since its foundation in 1963, York's focus on academic excellence has resulted in a strong reputation as one of the world's premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research.
  • York has been a pioneer in the provision of structured extracurricular development programmes to support students' employability, including the offer of the York Award, volunteering, project-based work experience and study abroad opportunities.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of York was the first UK university to set up a student crowdfunding platform. YuStart raises funds for personal and group projects, from sports equipment to theatrical productions – and even a replica 18th-century printing press for a research project.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Peter Lord – film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations studio, best known for Wallace and Gromit.
  • Jung Chang – a Chinese-born British writer now living in London, best known for her family autobiography, Wild Swans.
  • Anthony Horowitz, OBE – novelist and screenwriter best known for The Diamond Brothers and Alex Rider.
  • Harriet Harman – former deputy leader of the Labour Party.
  • Greg Dyke – former director general of the BBC.
  • Tanya Byron – psychologist, writer and media personality; child therapist on television shows Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways.
  • John Witherow – editor of The Times.
  • Sarah Gavron – award-winning director of films including Suffragette and Brick Lane.
  • Han Seung-soo – former prime minister of South Korea.
  • Sally Wainwright – scriptwriter, producer and director whose works include The Archers and Happy Valley.


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