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Student life

Campus life

Our main campus is situated in the heart of the stunning city of York, with our dedicated sports park just 1 mile away.

York St John Quad

Studying at York St John means being right in the centre of town. Our campus is a place where modern buildings meet Victorian architecture, where you can study in state-of-the-art specialist learning spaces, and where you can unwind in award-winning gardens.

Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, our Learning Centre is open 24 hours a day so you can learn on your terms. It is home to a range of digital resources, Macs and PCs and specially selected books to help you with your studies.

Are you a frappé or a pumpkin spice latte kind of person? Or perhaps you prefer a nice cup of tea? Either way, we've got you covered with a Costa and Starbucks onsite. 

When it comes to entertainment, meet your friends at our Students' Union, take part in campus events, and then head into town. With a campus as close to the city as ours, there is always something to do.

Campus life

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Nestlé Rowntree Park Sports Campus

Just over a mile from our main campus you will find our Sports Park. With an inside Sports Centre and 57 acres of outside space, it's a unique facility available to our community.

Our Sports Campus houses:

  • A sports hall
  • Strength and Conditioning Suite
  • Human Performance Lab
  • Sports therapy room
  • 2 classrooms
  • Changing rooms
  • A cafe and social spaces

Outdoors, we also have: 

  • 2 3G pitches, for football and rugby
  • 3 floodlit outdoor tennis courts
  • 2 floodlit outdoor netball courts
  • 2 grass rugby pitches
  • 3 grass football pitches

Haxby Road Sports Park

3G pitch at Haxby Road Sports Campus
Students taking part in sport activities at Haxby Road Sports Hall


Living in our accommodation means living close to the city and close to campus. All of our accommodation sites are within 1 mile of our main campus - perfect for sleeping in before your 9.00am lecture, or a cheap taxi fare back from town. 

When you arrive in a new city, it's important to feel safe. York is one of the safest and friendliest cities in the UK, and for added peace of mind, we offer 24 hour security support on our accommodation sites.

We guarantee accommodation to all of our UK, EU and international first year students, as long as you meet our application deadlines.

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Desk with laptop
Image of the exterior of St John Central

New Creative Centre

In 2021 we opened a new Creative Centre on our main campus. It is a space for you to cultivate your creativity and bring your ideas to life. It includes: 

  • 200+ seat auditorium 
  • Lecture theatre 
  • Critical listening room
  • Specialist studios 
  • Editing suites 
  • Games labs 
  • Flexible working spaces

Creative Centre

Exterior of Creative Centre building
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