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.
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 gov.uk 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:
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.
The Student Hub can help with money worries, private accommodation issues, health concerns, immigration advice and academic progress issues, and refer you to other specialist services.
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.