York St John University has been a leading education, training and research institution for over 176 years. Equality, ambition and social justice are central to the university’s ethos, seen in its reputation for academic excellence, graduate employability and strong sense of community. The modernised campus is within walking distance of the historic centre of York; it also has one of the largest sports campuses in the country.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


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

UCAS Code: Y75

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 86%
  • Postgraduate 14%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 93%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library in Fountains Learning Centre is home to more than 230,000 print books and provides access to more than 430,000 e-books and 54,000 journals. Key texts and resources can all be found on the ground floor, which is open 24/7 throughout the year.
  • Fountains Learning Centre also provides access to PCs and laptop loan lockers; and specialist subject advice is available from the Academic Liaison librarians who run drop-in clinics, one-to-ones, and offer support all year round.

Student jobs

  • York has plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants and bars where many students find part-time work whilst studying.
  • The university has an active Careers Service and Job Shop that helps students find part-time work during their studies, and offers careers support for life.
  • Volunteering could provide the perfect opportunity to network, develop skills and give something back to the community; the university has links with a number of local, national and international organisations which offer project-based volunteering opportunities.

Careers advice

  • The university's Careers, Placements and Opportunities Team helps students manage their future, with networking events, job fairs and workshops running throughout the year. They offer specialist advice on CV writing, interview preparation and finding a job both during university and after graduation. 
  • A dedicated jobs website helps students keep up-to-date with local opportunities relevant to their programmes.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Health services

  • An on-campus Health Centre provides a wide range of primary health services including GP surgeries and nurse-led clinics.
  • The university also runs health promotion campaigns throughout the year to support healthier, happier students.

Counselling services

  • The Well-being Team are psychological professionals who provide free and confidential services to all students through counselling, mental health support, welfare advice, a well-being drop-in service and the provision of self-help materials and workshops. 
  • Well-being activities and campaigns run throughout the year, encouraging students to make the most of their student experience.

Disability support

  • The Disability Advice team can offer a range of services and support to students with disabilities or long-term health conditions on a short-term or ongoing basis. 
  • Support can include equipment such as dictaphones and laptops, as well as academic mentors, support workers, study skills tuition and library assistance. 
  • The team can also liaise with Accommodation Services, Students' Union, healthcare services and referrals to other specialist staff.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Success and Engagement team supports a range of students including care leavers, student carers, students who are the first in their family to attend university and international students.
  • The Study Development team offer study skills sessions, workshops and writing courses, offering advice and tuition on study and writing strategies in order to help students improve the quality of their academic work.
  • The Student Funding Advice team can provide impartial advice on a wide range of money issues; offering guidance on money management and budgeting as well as directing students to relevant government funding, scholarships or bursaries.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union building, which was newly-refurbished and opened in 2016, is located at the heart of campus and houses offices for sabbatical officers as well as a bar and café space.
  • The Students' Union (SU) has more than 30 different societies and 25 sports clubs.
  • York St John's SU is committed to representing the needs of all of its students, no matter what they study or their circumstances.


  • York St John University has a long history as a distinguished education provider and is more than 176 years old.
  • In 1975 the colleges of Ripon and York merged to form the College of Ripon & York St John, with degrees awarded through the University of Leeds.
  • The institution became York St John University in October 2006.

Fascinating Fact

  • York St John University students graduate in the beautiful York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Bella Hardy – folk singer who won BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer of the Year Award in 2014.
  • Harry Gration – popular television presenter for BBC Look North.
  • Julia Davies – seven-time BAFTA TV Award nominated actress who is best known for roles in Nighty Night, Hunderby and Gavin & Stacey.
  • Paul Blomfield – Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central (2010–present).
  • Scarlett Moffatt – television presenter and personality.
  • Geoff Cooke OBE – former England Rugby Union Manager whose team achieved Grand Slams in the 5 Nations Championship in 1991 and 1992 and won the 1992 World Cup Sevens.
  • Jonathan Green – BAFTA-winning television producer.
  • Nuala Ellwood – author.


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