Information for prospective students

As a prospective student or offer holder, we understand you may have concerns about coronavirus (Covid-19) and the potential impact on your studies at the University of York.

Our shared sense of community and compassion puts our students at the very heart of our University and we were pleased to return to campus-based in-person teaching in September 2021 in all our academic departments. As we approach September 2022 we will continue to follow official advice and adapt our response as and when the situation evolves.

Stay up to date

For the latest information please regularly check these pages and our prospective student pages. You should also consult these official sources for the latest information and advice:

A University of York degree is an excellent investment of your time and effort, and we are excited about what we have to offer you. We look forward to welcoming you to your studies in 2022.

Welcome to York

After the challenges you have faced during the past few years, we're delighted to be able to welcome you to York soon.

In this video, Vice-Chancellor Charlie Jeffery explains how we approached the return to campus in 2021 with care, consideration and respect for all and how we're determined to bring you the best possible experience from day one.

International (including EU) students

To support our international students travelling to York for the start of the 2021/22 academic year, we offered financial support to help with the cost of mandatory testing or quarantine required under government rules for entry into the UK.


Last year, the return to in-person teaching was made possible by the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK. Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other.

If you haven't already had your vaccination we'd strongly encourage you to get a NHS Covid-19 vaccination before you start your course in September to help protect you and your new university friends.

NHS England has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you might find useful.

Studying at York in 2022/23

In September 2021, we returned to in-person teaching. Our priority was to ensure you receive an enriching and engaging experience, while keeping everyone safe.

Our key safety measures included on-campus testing and vaccination centres, reviews of room and venue capacity, provision of hand sanitiser and protective screens, and a new policy on face coverings.

Moving forward into 2022, we will continue to closely follow government guidelines.

Information for offer holders

Your offer

Your application is very important to us and the offer we have made to you still stands. Here at York it’s not just about your grades - we consider your whole application because we’re interested in you as a whole person. Our offers are made based on your potential to succeed and develop within our academic community.

Deferrals from last year

We know that you may be concerned that last year’s admissions turbulence means that there will be fewer university places available to you in 2022.

Although some York applicants deferred their place to 2022, the numbers who chose to do this were very small and in line with previous years. As a result there will be no impact on the number of places available at York for 2022 entrants.

Schools and colleges exam results

Exams are expected to take place in 2022 with arrangements in place to mitigate disruption to education.

Depending on your qualification your results will come out at various times. Our application timeline gives you an overview of the application process and key dates to remember.

If you're an international student taking examinations or assessments for September 2022 entry you should check arrangements with your school or college.

If your choice is York we’re committed to ensuring to do everything we can to welcome you here.

The world urgently needs bright minds like yours and we wish you the very best as you progress through this year.

Support every step of the way

We want to support you in every way we can through your journey to university.

Your next steps to university

You may already have been exploring the range of free online courses, known as Massive Online Learning Courses (MOOCs) we’ve made available.

There are several subject level courses taught by our own academics. Our Next Steps to University course will help give you an idea of what to expect from life at university.

To support your transition to the University of York, we’ve created two online short courses exclusively for offer holders. These are specifically designed to help you learn about life at York and support your transition to academic learning.

What is a MOOC?

Stephen Fry in conversation with Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis for the York Unlimited campaign

Your wellbeing

Adapting to university life can be challenging for any student. Our network of support services will help you get the best from your time at York.

To help you with your current studies we’ve asked our students to share some of their top tips on our blog, including:

At York we have a strong emphasis on mental health. Catch up with Stephen Fry’s talk as part of our York Unlimited campaign to find out more about our efforts to improve mental health and wellbeing.

University events and visits

We've created a number of ways for you to get to know our beautiful parkland campus, find out more about university life and hear from our students.

You can explore York from the comfort of your own home with our Online Open Day experience, or take a self-guided tour by downloading the Visit UoY app.

You can also sign up for email updates for the latest announcements and booking information:

Who to contact

If you have further questions, please get in touch:

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