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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for current students

Information and updates for current undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at York St John.

Important updates

This content was last reviewed on 20 September 2021.

Detailed guidance

What to do if you have symptoms

Find out what to do if you have symptoms and how to report symptoms and test results.

Arrangements for returning to university

Guidance on planning your return to university in September 2021

Staying safe on campus

Measures that will remain in place beyond 19 July

Frequently asked questions

General advice for students

Department for Education (DfE) guidance confirms that universities are able to offer unrestricted learning and teaching activities from September 2021. York St John University is planning a full timetable on campus for the next academic year.


The Wellbeing Team has created a new service which enables students to book a wellbeing or welfare chat online or over the phone. Students can also contact the Wellbeing Service by email or by filling in a simple form on the website.    

A new UniWellBeing App offers students self-help tools and podcasts.

A confidential service, CareFirst, provides information, advice and support on both emotional and practical issues. Counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


The Government has provided this specific advice for anyone living in shared accommodation.

All of the library’s ebooks, electronic journals, newspaper and television archives, and search tools can be accessed away from campus, via the library website.

If you are unable to return items to the library because you are unwell or are self-isolating, please contact the Information Services desk by emailing

We will waive fines accrued while you are unwell or self-isolating.

If you need advice or support, email

Please contact one of your course tutors or email 

Social distancing, reduced room capacities and one-way systems will no longer be required from Monday 19 July.  

Whilst these changes will enable us to come back together as a whole University community, it remains essential that we take our next steps carefully. Public health advice continues to encourage all adults to get vaccinated, keep testing regularly and isolate when symptomatic, testing positive or contacted by track and trace. 

Following a considered review of our plans and risk assessments at York St John University, some of the measures we have become used to will remain in place beyond 19 July. These include: 

  • An expectation that staff and students will continue to wear face coverings inside and in crowded areas. We strongly encourage you to protect yourself and others in this way. 
  • Continued provision of hand sanitiser, handwashing stations, perspex screens, and an enhanced cleaning regime in teaching spaces, offices and public areas.  
  • Support to continue regular testing as an important part of limiting the spread of the virus, even once fully vaccinated. A Covid testing site will be on campus in September to facilitate this. Home testing kits will be available to collect and will be provided to new students in welcome packs.  

Symptom free testing is available to students accessing campus and our COVID Coordination Centre will continue to support isolating students.

We’re incredibly proud of our students for following guidance and taking responsibility for keeping our community safe. 


Please log a job as usual and someone will contact you. 

If you are struggling financially please contact the Funding Advice Team for information and support at

Please consider applying to the YSJ Student Support Fund if you are facing unforeseen financial hardship. The application has been made easier to access but please be prepared to provide evidence of your income and expenditure if requested. 



In addition to national food delivery services like DeliverooJust Eat and UberEats, a number of local businesses are also offering food and drink delivery. See the Visit York website for details.

York St John University has also partnered with Morrisons supermarket to make their doorstep delivery service available to isolating York St John students.   


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