Studying at York in 2021

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.

A covid-secure campus

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.

Not sure what to expect at the mass testing centre on campus? Ian Wiggins takes you step-by-step through the process in this video produced by YSTV.

Rapid results testing

Working with the City of York Council and the NHS we've made free rapid results covid testing available to all symptom-free students, postgraduate researchers and staff in York. We now have the capacity to support regular testing.

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 under coronavirus:

“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