Information for current students

Key things to know

  • We are planning for campus-based, in-person teaching in all academic departments from September 2021.

  • Get tested twice before you travel back to York for the start of term.

  • If you're unable to get to York for the start of term due to travel restrictions as a result of the pandemic, most taught programmes are offering online teaching until 7 November 2021. If you can't reach York by that date, you should contact your department. PGRs should check options for incoming postgraduate researchers.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • A round of the Emergency Student Support Fund will open on Wednesday 22 September (12 noon) and close on Tuesday 28 September (12 noon) for continuing students only.

Life on campus

When we return to in-person teaching, 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, and a new policy on face coverings.

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.

Symptom-free testing (lateral flow testing) is available to all at Vedge Cafe, Wentworth College on Campus West and the Ron Cooke Hub on Campus East. You should:

  • get two tests a week, three days apart

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

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.

Collect home testing kits from campus

You can collect home testing kits (also known as lateral flow testing kits) from college receptions or from our testing centre at Vedge Cafe, Wentworth College, Campus West.

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 in order to receive your invitation. 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.

Campus pop-up clinics

Central Hall

Tuesday 28 September, 10am to 4pm

Wednesday 29 September, 10am to 4pm

Thursday 30 September, 10am to 4pm

Spring Lane Building

Saturday 2 October, 10am to 4pm

We hope to offer more vaccine clinics on campus, depending on vaccine availability and demand. Complete the Student Covid Vaccine Pre-registration form so that Nimbuscare (who are administering the vaccines on campus) have your contact details when you become eligible for the vaccine.

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. Vaccination status is not a requirement for you taking up your offer and we will have vaccination clinics on campus throughout Autumn Term. You will be eligible to receive your first or second vaccination, no matter which country you are from.

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


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 while in York. Fill out the self-isolation form to unlock:

  • activity packs

  • a £40 e-voucher you can spend at retailers including Google Play, Spotify, Just Eat, Sky Store, Deliveroo and others.

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 strongly encouraged to contact Disability Services. Disability Services can work with your academic department to put adjustments 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.

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