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24 Hours at York St John

Stay overnight with us on Wednesday 20 July and discover more about student life at York St John.

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Information for participants

If you haven't already, you need to return your parental consent forms to

If you have disclosed any medical or additional needs, either Ollie or Katherine will be in touch soon to talk about how we can best support you.

We will be in touch soon to tell you more about:

  • Transport plans
  • Academic sessions

If you have any issues or need to get in touch, please contact Make sure you mention 24 Hours at YSJ in the subject box as there are other residentials taking place.

Event programme

You can now see our full programme for 24 Hours at York St John, including subject sessions, timings, and practical information.

View 24 Hours at York St John programme

Preparing for your visit

Please pack the following items for your stay at York St John University:

  • Appropriate casual clothing for academic lectures and daytime activities
  • Appropriate smart / casual clothing for evening meal (optional - you do not have to get changed for this activity if you do not want to!)
  • Appropriate footwear for walking around campus, to and from the accommodation and York City centre (please note, York is a very flat city but it has lots of uneven, cobbled streets, high heel shoes are not recommended!)
  • Waterproof jacket or coat
  • Toiletries
  • Any required prescription medication - clearly labelled with your name and instructions
  • Any required over the counter medicine such as paracetamol, antihistamine tablets in labelled boxes
  • Sleep / loungewear

Optional but recommended:

  • Reusable drinks bottle / hot drinks cup
  • Small amount of spending money for additional refreshments / free time in York
  • Notepad / pen
  • Umbrella / sun hat / sunglasses - we will be walking to and from the accommodation sites whatever the weather!
  • Sun lotion / after sun

Please note, if you are bringing any electrical items, such as phone chargers and hair styling apparatus, it must be in good working condition with no damage to the cables or plugs.

Please do not bring:

  • Drugs / alcohol / cigarettes / vapes
  • Large quantities of money
  • High value items such as jewellery / electricals such as iPads and laptops
  • Very large / heavy suitcases - you will need to carry your own bag to and from the accommodation site! We recommend one on wheels or a backpack.
  • Your own food, unless discussed with Katherine or Ollie for medical reasons. We will provide all meals for all dietary requirements during the duration of your stay.

You will be staying at The Grange Baldwin House

During 24 Hours at York St John University, you will spend a night in one of our university owned halls of residence. This site is located a short walk from campus, through a residential area that is also a popular place for our 2nd and third year students to live in private accommodation.

We will be walking to and from accommodation sites, unless due to medical needs you need to travel in a taxi. The distance is 0.7 miles. 

All participants will have their own room, in a flat of 5. There may be a student ambassador or member of staff saying in their flat, along with up to 4 other participants of the same biological sex. The accommodation site in use has shared bathroom facilities.

The site is patrolled by university security teams and is covered by external CCTV.


24 Hours at YSJ will be my 8th residential at York St John - it really is something I look forward to every year and have missed them so much during the pandemic when we were unable to hold them.

I am really looking forward to meeting all the participants and hope you will enjoy it as much as I will. Outside of work, I am partial to a good brunch outing and love going to the theatre, musicals are my guilty pleasure!

As Student Recruitment Manager, I am responsible for participant safety, wellbeing and overall enjoyment at this event! If there is anything you wish to discuss ahead of Wednesday 20 July, please get in touch with me on

Find out more: Katherine's staff profile


Hi guys! I am Ollie. You have already met me via the video we sent, accepting you onto 24hrs@YSJ. But as a quick reminder I am one of the project leads for the residential and work for the University as part of the Student Recruitment team.

That means that my job is to promote York St John to young people like yourselves and hopefully make you realise what a special institution YSJ is. If you have any queries or worries about your visit to us here at YSJ then please just get in touch:

In the meantime, if you would like to get to know more about myself and my background then check out my staff profile below. Apologies in advance for the awful photo!

Find out more: Ollie's staff profile

All members of the Student Recruitment team, including Student Ambassadors have an enhanced DBS certificate and have undertaken Safeguarding training.

Katherine and Ollie (event leads) are also first aid trained.

The designated safeguarding lead for our team is Mr Matthew Taylor, Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment & Admissions

If you have any concerns about safeguarding at this event, please feel free to contact Katherine, Ollie or Matthew.

A full risk assessment has been carried out for this event and approved by the University's Health and Safety Officer, as per our safeguarding and compliance responsibilities.

Participants will travel to the event by coach, rail or taxi if they live local to York.

Those who are travelling by train have been contacted and asked which is the most convenient station for them. Booking confirmations for tickets and instruction on collecting them from ticket machines are being sent to participants this week.

Participants who attend the following school / colleges will be collected by coach - timings and pick up points to be confirmed soon:

  • 8am - Huddersfield New College (Bus 1)
  • 8am - New College Pontefract (Bus 2)
  • 9am - Notre Dame (Bus 1)

Those living in York or close to York St John will be contacted soon and asked to confirm if they are happy to make their own way to campus or if they would like us to book them a taxi.

Please note that all transport is free and paid for by the University.

We politely ask that all participants do their utmost to ensure they can make the train they have been booked and arrive at the departure station in good time. If a train is delayed or cancelled, please let us know ASAP by emailing either Ollie at or Katherine at

There is no requirement for participants to take a covid 19 test before they attend this event. However, we encourage those who may live in a household or have had close contact with a positive case to take a test before travelling to York St John University.

There is no requirement for you to wear masks in indoor spaces at York St John University, but if doing so makes you feel more comfortable, we support your decision. 

If you have any symptoms of covid 19 please do not attend.

If you develop symptoms whilst you are at the event, we have tests available, and you may be asked to isolate in your accommodation until travel or collection can be arranged.

If you have symptoms of any other transmissible illness such as a chest infection or a  rash, please do not travel to York St John.

If you are unable to attend due to illness, please let us know ASAP.

For health and safety reasons, the following rules will be in place for the safety of all involved.

24 Hours Code of Conduct (PDF 0.2 MB)

Acceptable Use of IT Facilities and Systems (PDF, 62kB)

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