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Are you

ready

for The One?

What is it really like to be a student at York St John University?

Find out more about university life from the people who know it best - our students!

Courses to get passionate about

Study something that you love with people who are as excited by it as you! Our courses are designed to inspire and challenge you as well as provide you with new opportunities. Find out about course-specific highlights on our course pages.

Studying at York St John brought me into contact with people, opportunities and experiences I’d never have encountered otherwise. I came to university as a part time singer-songwriter and sax player who had only decided on higher education at the last minute. Now, I’ve sung at the BBC Proms, heard my work performed in York Minster, and am considering another degree.

Richard, Music Composition

Support for you and your studies

Our dedicated academics and support teams are on hand to support you during your time at York St John. Whether you want to develop study skills, or need support in other aspects of university or home life, we're with you every step of the way. Find out more about our Student Life support teams.

At York St John I felt valued as a student, both in terms of my interests, and in wider support with my mental health and other difficulties. I never felt like I could not do something, as whenever I had a particular interest in a subject a Tutor would help me find resources to pursue it, or if I was struggling I was reassured that I was still capable and given resources to find the proper support. I have never felt like a number, a grade, or just another student here.

Jac, History

A community that makes a difference

We are committed to social justice and you can be part of that too. This might be through the modules and placements on your course, as part of our Students as Researchers scheme or by getting involved in our environmental and sustainability projects.

I'm obsessed with all things environmental science related. So the Climate Change, Sustainability and Environmental Hazards modules are a great grounding for the career I want to pursue. We use graphs and data to understand changes and patterns that will be useful for any future career paths related to studying Global Warming.

Sarah, Environmental Geography

Fun, friends and new opportunities

University is a great time to meet new people and try out new things. Join one of our societies or sports teams, relax at the Students' Union or enjoy spending time in York city centre.

I have made friends for life and people I don’t think I could live without. I’ve met so many different people during my time here, some who have opened my eyes and changed my viewpoints on many aspects of the world. If you have a problem, or just need someone to talk to there are always people there. Even your lecturers will gladly meet you and have a coffee with you whilst you chat away!

Megan, Childhood and Youth Studies

Memories that you'll cherish

Your course can be the first new step of an exciting career. You can discover a new passion or interest. You can meet friends who'll be with you for life. And you can do it all in a beautiful location.

The main point of going to university is to get a degree, to get smarter in the hopes of beginning a career that qualifies you as an actual adult. But university is so much more than that.

Apart from Bonhoeffer's Christology, Nietzsche's philosophy of guilt and de Beauvoir's feminist theory, I've learnt how to wash my delicates, what time to go to Sainsbury's to get the reduced courgetti, and not to wine with beer on a night out.

Above all, I've grown up. Nobody can teach you that, but YSJ gave me this amazing opportunity in the heart of such a beautiful city to experience so many invaluable life lessons.

If I hadn't gone to YSJ I wouldn't have met the people that I consider life-long friends and I wouldn't be where I am right now - doing a law conversion course (GDL) in the hopes of becoming a solicitor.

Sinead, Theology and Religious Studies

Learn more about student life

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Life in York

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Campus life

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Clubs, societies and your Students' Union

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