Information for current students

Key things to know

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 is available to all at the testing centre on Campus West and our pop-up testing site 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.

Collect home testing kits from campus

You can now collect home testing kits (also known as lateral flow testing kits) on campus from our testing centre at Wentworth Way on Campus West. You can collect kits between 1.30pm and 7pm daily.

Summer Term

19 April marks the start of Summer Term for the majority of our students .

  • Undergraduate courses requiring access to specialist facilities will have in-person teaching and learning activities until the start of the Common Assessment Period. These will broadly follow the blended model of online and in-person activity we used back in November. Additional activities are also being planned by some departments for later in the term.

  • Postgraduate taught courses that require access to specialist facilities will have in person activities scheduled throughout the term.

  • Other undergraduate and postgraduate courses teaching will remain online only, in accordance with government guidance.

Moving along the roadmap

As we continue to progress along the government's roadmap out of lockdown, we're doing what we can to support our students:

  • While much of our teaching will remain online, we're looking at opportunities for students to come together in person - whether that's for academic community building, skills workshops or group study sessions.

  • We will use our campus and facilities as best we can to accommodate teaching and learning activities within Covid restrictions.

  • We will open up more social opportunities, including recreational and sporting activities, as restrictions ease.

  • We're adding four more covered outdoor structures around campus for learning and teaching. They will also be available to book by student societies, college groups and students wanting to engage more with course mates.

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. 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.

Give something back

By volunteering you can make a difference for others and for yourself. It can have a big impact on your wellbeing, help you make a positive contribution to your community, and you can learn new skills and gain career experience.

You might want to give something back by volunteering to administer Covid-19 vaccinations: take a look at the Careers Service Handshake platform, or see YUSU’s opportunities to volunteer with St John Ambulance.

YUSU also has covid-safe volunteering projects including Nightline and Mental Health Student Ambassadors. If you’re short of time, they also offer micro-volunteering - you can make a difference by giving even just an hour.

You can also check out opportunities to volunteer through the GSA.


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 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

  • food packs based on your household's dietary requirements

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

Teaching and learning

The majority of teaching activity will be delivered online for the entirety of the Summer Term. For some courses requiring access to specialist facilities, we will have some in-person teaching and learning activities.

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 current round of the Emergency Student Support Fund opened to applications on Wednesday 21 April (12 noon BST). The deadline for applications is Tuesday 27 April (12 noon BST).

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 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