Information for current students

Updated arrangements for Spring Term

All classroom-based teaching activity will be delivered online for the entirety of the Spring Term. We hope to be able to provide in-person teaching using specialist teaching spaces (eg lab and performance spaces), subject to further government guidance, later in the term.

You should stay where you currently are, whether this is in York or in your home town, and not attempt to travel, unless you need to come to York to access study facilities or if you feel your mental of physical wellbeing will be better served by returning to York.

A few exempt courses, such as Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Social Work, and PGCE courses in Education resumed in-person teaching from Monday 4 January.

Feeling lonely? Make new friends through Student Connect

We know how difficult it is at the moment to be in touch with others and meet new people to form connections. By telling us a bit about yourself through our online form, we can match you with other students, usually from your course or college, so that you can make new friendships with other like-minded people.

If you're living at home or outside York, get to know each other online through Zoom calls and other virtual activities. There are plenty of things you can do together online - check our list for some ideas to get you started.

If you're on campus or living in York, as well as connecting virtually you could go for a walk or exercise outdoors with one other person we match you with. We've compiled the best routes for exploring the City and campus to help you get out and about.

Being in York

If you're currently York, there are plenty of ways to be able to relax in line with the current restrictions.

Here's all you need to know about what is available on campus, what's going on and the support we can offer you.

Current restrictions

On Monday 4 January the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown in England lasting until at least mid-February. We'll continue to keep you updated.

The University moved to the Department for Education (DfE) Tier 2 on Monday 2 November.


You must self-isolate if you:

  • have any Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste or smell)

  • have tested positive for Covid-19 (you can book a test through the NHS Covid-19 app, the website or by telephoning 119)

  • share a household with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive

  • are contacted and asked to do so by either the University or NHS Test and Trace

  • have travelled to the UK from a non-exempt country.

Self-isolating students must let the University know via our student self-reporting form. We'll support you through the process.

Teaching and learning

Teaching for most courses this term will be delivered entirely online until at least mid-February, in line with the national lockdown in England announced by the Prime Minister on 4 January.

Some exempt courses, such as Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Social Work, and PGCE Education, resumed face to face teaching from Monday 4 January.

If you have any questions on your Spring term timetable, please contact your department.

Wellbeing and welfare support

It's a challenging time for all students, wherever you are we're here to help.


If you are facing unanticipated financial challenges as a result of the Covid-19 crisis visit our financial support webpage to see what support is currently on offer.

The next round of the Emergency Student Support Fund is now open and will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 January. Current students can apply for bursaries up to £500.

If you are experiencing urgent financial hardship, please speak to a Student Adviser at the Student Hub.

Community Charter

The Covid-19 Community Charter and Safety Module outline how we can work together to keep each other safe.

They set out what our community can expect from the University and what the University expects from its staff and students.

Campus safety and travel

To ensure that venues, teaching spaces and sporting facilities are covid-secure, we've introduced a host of safety measures and adjustments to make your visits on, to and around campus as safe as possible.

If you're a commuting student on a course that requires in-person teaching, you can still commute for the purpose of education, as outlined in government guidance on attending university.

Additional information for

Clinically vulnerable students

Coronavirus (Covid-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher. There are two levels of higher risk for people; high risk - clinically extremely vulnerable and moderate risk - clinically vulnerable. Definitions of each and categories can be checked on the following NHS webpage.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are strongly encouraged to contact Disability Services. Disability Services can work with your academic department to ensure adjustments are in place to ensure your teaching and learning is as unaffected as possible, and co-ordinate support across departments. They will also help to ensure any academic adjustments are in place if required.

Find out about

Making the most of life in Lockdown

Fun things to do, ideas for keeping busy and entertained and ways to be proactive while it's all a bit different.

Current rules and restrictions

Familiarise yourself with the rules and restrictions in our area, so that you can keep compliant.

Self isolation advice and guidance

All you need to know about self-isolating; how to let us know and the services on offer to help you.

Recent emails, updates and messages

Keep up to date on the emails and messages we're sending out to our staff and students.

Additional contacts