Information for current students

Key things to know

  • Test before you travel: keep taking regular Covid-19 tests during the festive season. If you are leaving campus, take one before leaving and again before travelling back to University in January. Make sure you take enough with you if you're leaving York over the winter break.

  • Vaccine programme: make sure you're registered with a doctor in order to receive your vaccination invitation, and if you're already vaccinated, please book your booster. For more information, see the NHS Covid-19 vaccination FAQs for students in higher education.

  • Face coverings are now compulsory in all indoor public spaces, including teaching and learning spaces (except for a few exemptions).

  • NHS Covid Passes (or equivalent) are not required to attend teaching and learning activities, but from Wednesday 15 December they will be required for certain large scale social events. Find out more about NHS Covid Passes.

  • Assessments in January 2022 will be online, with some exceptions. This will enable us to minimise disruption to everyone, should there be any changes to distancing or isolation requirements over the assessment period.

  • For the academic year 2021/22, the University will be extending its support for refunding quarantine costs for international students. Find out more about our support for international students arriving in the UK.

Life on campus

Our priority is to ensure you receive an enriching and engaging experience, while keeping everyone safe. Our key safety measures include on-campus testing and vaccination centres, reviews of room and venue capacity, provision of hand sanitiser and protective screens. We follow the latest Government guidance at all times.

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

On campus regularly? Make testing part of your routine

It is crucial that students who visit campus, are on placement or are receiving in-person teaching get tested regularly.

You should get two tests a week, three days apart. You can book your tests at our campus testing centres, or collect home-testing kits from locations across campus.

Lateral flow testing is not suitable for Day 2 or Day 8 testing if you are arriving in the UK. See our guidance for international students on quarantine and testing.

Covid-19 symptoms?

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate and book a test via the NHS.

Vaccine programme - make sure you are registered

Every person living in England is entitled to free Covid vaccinations but you must be registered with a doctor to book a vaccine appointment. If you are living on campus or in the surrounding area, you can register online with Unity Health on Campus East. If you are living in another area of York or elsewhere in the UK, you can use the Find a GP service.

Vaccinations in York

There is a vaccination clinic at Askham Bar in York. Find out where you can get vaccinated in York.

International students

Currently, anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination free of charge, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. You will be eligible to receive your first, second or booster vaccination, no matter which country you are from. For more information, see if you've been vaccinated overseas.

Read the Government's Covid-19 vaccination FAQs: students in Higher Education Institutions.

NHS Covid Passes

Vaccination certification using the NHS Covid Pass (or an equivalent such as the EU Digital COVID Certificate) are not required to attend teaching and learning activities, but from Wednesday 15 December they will be required for certain large scale social events. Find out more about NHS Covid Passes, including what to do if you've been vaccinated overseas.


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 (unless you're fully vaccinated, as you're now exempt)

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

  • have travelled to England from a outside the UK.

We've put together a package of support to help you get through your self-isolation period whilst in York. Fill out the self-isolation form to unlock our support, including an e-voucher to spend on food.

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 web page to see what support is currently on offer.

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

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 can be checked on the NHS website.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are encouraged to contact Disability Services. Disability Services can work with your academic department to put in place academic adjustments if required.

Current rules and restrictions

Familiarise yourself with what you can and cannot do on the government's Covid restrictions web page.

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