Campus safety and travel


We're making sure your travel to and around campus is as safe as possible:

  • We encourage you to cycle where possible and bring a bike to campus

  • We have over 5,000 cycle parking spaces and dedicated cycle routes

  • Our Inter-campus Travel Guide (PDF , 821kb) gives you estimated cycle and walking times across campus

  • The First York App lets you see how busy buses are and seats availability

Safety measures

We've put a number of measures in place to keep our campus covid-secure:

  • Teaching spaces have a fixed seating plan with two metres between students and all students facing forwards

  • There are hand sanitising stations provided throughout campus

  • Taught sessions in seminar rooms last no longer than two hours

  • Students and staff must wear a face covering (unless exempt) during teaching sessions

  • Teaching staff are encouraged to bring their own laptops. If they use University equipment they should maintain good hygiene practices - for example, wiping down the controls after use.

  • Communal whiteboard pens and erasers have been removed and teaching staff will use their own, provided by their department

  • All ventilation systems are configured to provide maximum intake of air from outside

      • Airing rooms is important as it reduces the number of infectious aerosols in the air. Simple actions like opening windows regularly throughout the day, especially when you share a space with others, and making sure that mechanical ventilation systems and kitchen and bathroom extractor fans are used correctly, will reduce your risk.

  • Windows that need to be kept open for ventilation have been marked

  • Room information posters show the new room configurations and maximum number of occupants

Find more support if you have concerns about being on campus.

Find out more about the roadmap for staff returning to campus.

Report concerns about social distancing or Covid-secure arrangements.

Campus facilities

Most facilities on campus are open in line with current government guidance and have covid-secure measures in place. Some places are offering a reduced or changed service.

For up to date information, check the relevant facilities web page:


The Security team are available 24/7 and have access to the majority of spaces on campus.

If for any reason a member of staff or a student needs access to a locked building please contact Security on 01904 32 4444 before coming to campus to request access.

Face coverings and their exemptions

Maintaining a covid-secure campus

When someone isn't following the rules