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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Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: Y50

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 80%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library is open 24/7, 362 days of the year, offering access to bright and open study spaces to suit all learning styles, as well as extensive collections of research materials.
  • The digital library, catalogue and e‑resources guide help students find what they need wherever they are, including e‑book and e‑journal titles, music and multimedia. A help desk is there to support students not only in person, but via chat, email, phone and social media.
  • In addition to the central library, there are specialist libraries at King's Manor and York Minster, along with the wealth of material held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives – one of the largest repositories of archival material outside of London.

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 supports students on a journey of self-awareness, understanding their options, reflecting on their experiences and preparing for a career they’ll thrive in. Students embark on a programme to help them identify their personal strengths, how they like to work and what they can do to prepare for their career.
  • Students are encouraged to pursue local, national or international work by taking a placement year, and all students at York have the opportunity to pursue a substantive work placement.
  • Students benefit from the advice of experienced staff and a wide range of opportunities, including events with recruiting employers, volunteering, internships and other work experience, enterprise support, global programmes and an award-winning online case studies and mentoring platform.

Health services

  • The university health centre is home to a well-established doctor's practice, Unity Health, and an on-campus pharmacy.
  • 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. There is also online self-help guidance and information on infectious illnesses that commonly affect students.

Counselling services

  • The Open Door team provides York students with professional counselling and support for psychological and mental health difficulties. College teams and academic supervisors also offer support and can refer students in urgent need to Open Door. The University of York Student Union (YUSU) and Graduate Students' Association (GSA) both have welfare teams, and there is a chaplaincy that offers support to students of any faith or none.
  • The university's health and well-being web pages offer advice and self-help information for students on the common challenges of university life.

Disability support

  • The University of York's experienced Disability services staff offer support, advice and guidance to students with a diagnosed disability regarding reasonable adjustments, access and inclusive learning and teaching.

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, the university provides the following specialist course facilities: a production village, comprising of broadcast, post-production and theatrical facilities; a natural sciences and laboratory complex; and the Humanities Research Centre with a dedicated library. In addition there are a variety of high-quality, flexible learning spaces and informal meeting areas. In 2018, a new retail development opens to expand the  number of shops and cafés on campus, as well as adding restaurants and a new supermarket. These facilities complement the existing bars, cafés and shops that help create a sense of community and a friendly and welcoming campus.

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 arising while at university.
  • YUSU hosts club nights in York city centre throughout term time and 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. There are also a variety of YUSU-run bars and a YUSU coffee shop on campus.
  • YUSU has opportunities for students to gain employability skills 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 extra-curricular 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's campus is set in over 200 acres of parkland with the second highest density of ducks of any university in the UK. Keep up with the university's ducks (and other wildfowl) via @duckoftheday on Twitter.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Peter Lord – a 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.
  • Greg Dyke – former Director General of the BBC.
  • Tanya Byron – a psychologist, writer and media personality, best known for her work as a child therapist on television shows Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways.
  • Willi Geiger – special effects designer for films including Star Wars, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter series.
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin – Senior Vice President of the World Bank Group.
  • Bruce Daisley – Vice President of Europe, Twitter.
  • Sarah Gavron – award-winning British director of films including Suffragette and Brick Lane.
  • John Witherow – Editor, The Times.
  • Helen Rippon – Chief Executive of Worldwide Cancer Research.


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