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Campus and facilities

Campus and facilities

York St John University is an outstanding university, known for its academic excellence and responsive nature, always putting the student at the heart of everything it does. Our magnificent campus is located in the centre of the historic City of York. Our eleven-acre site on Lord Mayor’s Walk is in a stunning setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls.

Our award winning campus has undergone a £90 million transformation over the past 10 years to ensure students benefit from the right environment in which to study and live. Originally built around a quadrangle, newer buildings including De Grey Court and the Fountains Learning Centre which houses the library, IT facilities and a modern lecture theatre. The Foss Building houses our sports hall, a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms.

Other facilities include a dance studio, drama studio, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios. There is a number of catering outlets and the Students’ Union has a bar, café, shop and offices on campus.



Recent developments

The Holgate Student Centre

The exciting ground floor refurbishment of Holgate is now complete. Holgate has been transformed into an exceptional one-stop-shop for student services, providing flexible, accessible and exceptional learner support services and facilities for all our students in the heart of the University.

The recent investment in Holgate means students will benefit from:

  • Increased access to IT and media
  • Bookable pods for group work
  • New, integrated university reception and student services reception desk
  • Previously closed-in spaces have been opened up allowing for flexible social learning
  • Additional interview rooms and office space
  • Dedicated drop-ins with Student Services teams

The Student Advice Team provide valuable support to students in areas such as money, disability advice, careers & employability, health & wellbeing, help with studies and information for international students.

Visit the student services webpage for more information on the support they provide.


Dining Room refurbishment

As part of our on-going investment work on campus, the Dining Room has been refurbished. This major project has provides a more flexible social space for dining, offering additional seating and also providing the possibility to section off areas of the dining room for different purposes such as events, conferences, dinners or lunches. 


The University’s investment in the student experience is on-going,

  • a recently acquired a 57 acre sports park and the Joseph Rowntree Theatre from Nestlé as part of a major enhancement of sports and performing arts facilities.
  • new student accommodation St John Central.

This investment aims to enhance the quality of the student experience, with a particular focus on learning and teaching, to enable graduates to continue developing the skills they need for life and work.