Studying at York 2021/22

We appreciate that you may have questions about what will happen in the next academic year. We'd like to reassure you that, no matter how you begin your student journey, we'll be here to support you and warmly welcome you into our community.

Term dates

Our term dates for our 2021/22 academic year remain unchanged. Please be aware that the Postgraduate welcome week begins on 20 September and the Undergraduate welcome week starts on 27 September. We encourage all new students to attend these welcome weeks which are an important introduction to the University, campus and city.

Life on campus

Our priority is to ensure you enjoy an enriching and engaging experience, whilst maintaining the safety and welfare of the community without social distancing.

With this in mind, the University will still manage aspects of daily life carefully. For example, we will consider room and venue capacity, and in some instances may make changes to lecture format or seminar group size. We have key safety measures on campus and we have also updated our policy on face coverings, which strongly recommends that you consider the welfare of other members of the University community by continuing to wear a mask in busy indoor spaces.

We’ve also introduced additional safety measures for accommodation. And, as we move forward, we will continue to do everything we can to make our campus a safe and enjoyable place to live and study.

Testing and vaccinations will be an important part of day-to-day life. We will continue to offer the successful campus testing and vaccination centres to all our students and staff.

Student support

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 our students through these unprecedented times we've introduced additional supportive measures:

  • our Emergency Student Support Fund (ESSF) supports students who need immediate financial support as a consequence of the pandemic with a bursary of up to £500

  • we've spent £2 million on Open Door (our team of Mental Health practitioners) and disability services.

  • self-isolation support packs are available to all students and include activity packs, food supplies based on your household's dietary requirements.

Hear from our students

Find out how our students have been adapting to university life during the pandemic:

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I had to remain in my accommodation on campus here in York. The cleaning staff, reception staff and security staff have been immensely helpful in ensuring that the students remaining on campus have been supported during this difficult time. Student Services like Open Door have continued to operate on a remote basis during the pandemic, which has meant that I could still have my appointments, albeit through the phone instead of face-to-face.” - Mi Chelle

"I was grateful that the University of York extended the deadlines on my assessments during the coronavirus pandemic as I travelled back home to be with my family.” - Chun Ho