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What is the Students’ Union and where can I find out more?

In UK universities, the Students’ Union is a space dedicated to social events, student societies, sports groups, academic support, and student representation. You can go to the Students’ Union to connect with the Student Sabbatical Officers, learn more about Well U Social Sport programme (£5 for the whole year), or join a club/society.

For more information, please see the Students’ Union website.

How do I find out about joining a sports team or society?

YSJ has a large and varied number of sport and society teams to join. There is something for everyone!

Go to the Students’ Union or visit their website to learn more.

York St John Students' Union sports

York St John Students' Union societies

What is the Well U Social Sport programme and how do I get involved?

The Well U Social Sport programme offers low-cost casual sports activities between York St John students.  The Well U Social Sport programme does not require as much regular commitment as a traditional sports team and you can decide to join a team at any time.  For more information, a list of the full range of sports available, and their practice time, please visit the Well U webpages on the Students' Union website.

How do I find short-stay accommodation for friends and family who are visiting?

You can find many affordable options for short-stay accommodation in York, including, hostels, hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, and self-catered accommodation.  For more information or to book a stay, visit the Visit York - Book Your Stay webpages.

How can I stay in contact with friends and family?

Phone

You will get a free SIM card in your welcome pack which already has some credit on to use. This is to let your family know you have arrived safely. 

In the UK we have two different options when it comes to phone plans. Pay as you go involves buying a SIM and paying for as much as you use. A Contract involves signing up for 12-24 months and paying a monthly charge.

 

Internet 

You will have internet access on campus through your log in details (@yorksj.ac.uk). This is a good way to stay in contact through many apps, such as skype and whatsapp. These use the internet to message, and you can also do video calls. 

 

Post 

The post office is on Lendel bridge in the City centre. Visit here to send international post. If you are sending a letter within the UK, you need a stamp, and then you can post it through a letterbox such as the one near the Holgate reception. 

 

Social

What is the Students’ Union and where can I find out more?

In UK universities, the Students’ Union is a space dedicated to social events, student societies, sports groups, academic support, and student representation. You can go to the Students’ Union to connect with the Student Sabbatical Officers, learn more about SW5 Social Sport programme, or join a club/society. For more information, please see the Students’ Union website.

How do I find out about joining a sports team or society?

Go to the Students’ Union or visit their website to learn more.

York St John Students' Union sports

York St John Students' Union societies

What is SW5 Social Sport and how do I get involved?

The SW5 Programme offers low-cost casual sports activities between York St John students.  The SW5 sports programme does not require as much regular commitment as a traditional sports team and you can decide to join a team at any time.  For more information, a list of the full range of sports available, and their practice time, please visit the SW5 Social Sport page on the Students' Union website.

What is culture shock and will I experience it?

Culture shock is defined on the UKCISA website as, “the impact of moving from a familiar culture to one which is unfamiliar.”  Many students experience culture shock when coming to the UK, although you may find that the length or difficulty coping with culture shock is different for everyone.  Common issues students may find difficult include; weather, attitude towards time, food, social behaviour, language, dress, and social roles.  For more information or for helpful tips on dealing with culture shock, please see the UKCISA webpages.

In and Around York

Where can I find local news?

There are a variety of local news outlets, including radio, television, websites and smart phone apps. The BBC is a good source of news for the local area, and can be found on BBC online.

How do I find out about events happening in York?

York is always a popular city for events and festivals.  For a calendar of events, see the What’s On York webpages  or discover things to see and do on the Visit York website.

What is the weather like in York?

Weather in the UK is famously difficult to predict as it is always changing. Please see our weather and climate pages for more information.

Be sure to read up on what clothing you need to bring with you or be prepared to buy.  For the most up to date weather forecast, see the York BBC Weather.

Where do I buy essentials in York?

As York St John University is located in the heart of York, shopping for essentials is simple and convenient.  Please see our pages on Shopping & Food for more information.

How do I get a copy of the York Visitor Guide?

The York Visitor Guide is useful for helping you find your way around the city, events, attractions, and information on shopping.  You can find a Mini Guide, Full Visitor Guide, and Chinese Visitor Guide on the Visit York webpages or look for the Visit York Mini Guide in your International Welcome Pack.

Where can I go shopping in York?

York has many unique and specialist shops. From large department stores to discount stores and outdoor markets, you should be able to find almost everything you need in York.  For more information on shopping.

Visit York Shopping Guide

Campus

I need help finding a building on campus

You can always come to the Student Advice Desk in the Holgate Building if you need help finding a building on campus.  You can view a PDF of York St John's specific information about campus buildings.

Where can I eat, get snacks, or a drink on campus?

We have several catering facilities on campus, including City Social, Coffee Social, The Wedge, Natural, and more.

Opening times and locations.