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.

Autumn Term 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming new students to campus in Autumn 2021. We don’t yet know the UK Government Covid-19 guidance that will be in place so we are planning for two scenarios:

  • A near-normal scenario without social distancing

  • A restricted scenario with 1m social distancing.


In both scenarios, we expect most teaching to be in-person and that students are present in York - while recognising that travel restrictions may delay or prevent international student arrivals and require online provision to be available.

International students

Travel restrictions may mean some international students can’t get here for the start of our Autumn term (27 September 2021). Courses and departments are adjusting the delivery of the programme to meet these students’ needs, for example, by allowing you to study online before you can travel to campus. International students will have at least until 1 November 2021 to join us on campus. This may be extended for some programmes, depending on the Covid-19 travel situation during the Autumn term.


Additional support

We are one of the first universities in the UK to commit to refunding the costs of mandatory quarantine for students travelling from ‘red list’ countries. Find out about the financial support for international offer-holders, deposit refunds for PGT and airport collection.


Covid-19 vaccine

Every person living in England, including international students, is entitled to free Covid-19 vaccinations as well as other National Health Service (NHS) treatments. If you are living on campus or in the surrounding area you will be able to register with a doctor on campus.

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.

Safety first

The health and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is our first priority at all times. Lots of work has gone into making our campus and facilities covid-secure.

Every one of us has a role to play in keeping ourselves - and those around us - as safe as possible.

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