Make the most of lockdown life

National restrictions end Wednesday 2 December

The government have announced that the City of York will return to Level 2 (High alert) when we come out of lockdown on Wednesday 2 December. You can find out more information on Level 2 on the government website.

We are currently working through the details of what this means for the University and will be sharing more information shortly.

Things are different right now for sure, but it won’t be forever. We’ll be back to in-person events and open venues in the near future. In the meantime, with a campus on your doorstep and the internet at your fingertips, it doesn’t have to be boring.

Here’s some ways you can make the most things.

Explore our outdoor campus and city

While indoor interaction is limited, now is a great time to make use of our campus’s vibrant outdoor spaces. Take a guided walk or, if organised routes aren’t your thing, relax at your own pace at a picturesque part of campus.

Remember, you can meet one person from another household for exercise.

Take a guided walk...or run

Relax off the beaten track

  • Keep it chill at the Quiet Place and Derwent green

  • Have a stroll around the campus lakes or Walmgate Stray

  • Watch the sunset from Kimberlow Hill

  • Look out for some of the campus art and sculptures

Hire an e-scooter

Want to travel between Campus East and West but don’t feel like a walk? Our new e-scooters make inter-campus travel a breeze. There’s also a scenic route along the river to the city if you fancy a bit more of an adventure.

Simply download the app, complete the recommended safety training and pick them up/park in the designated drop-off points.

Connect with like minds

Sometimes, thing might feel a little lonely. It’s important to keep connected, not only for something to do, but for your mental health and wellbeing too. The University, YUSU and GSA are working to create even more interactive events for students, while societies and sport teams are still active online.

Be creative with your downtime

Being limited to your household doesn’t have to be monotonous. With a little creativity you can turn your free time into me-time or a memorable moment with your flatmates.

We’ve put together some ideas for things you can do to keep entertained and engaged in your spare time, to help give you some inspiration.

Get involved with College events and activities

Colleges are running events and activities into the winter break. See your College Newsletter, the MyUoY App, or for events that are open to all students on the Student Events page.

Not seeing anything that interests you but have an idea that you, your flat, your college or the wider community would like to make happen? Contact and a member of your college team will be in touch to help where possible.

Get social, digitally

We know that doing everything digitally can get tiresome, but sometimes it’s the only option.

To make things easier, the University has made Zoom accessible to all students, to make hanging out online easier. Only the meeting organiser needs a Zoom account, meaning you can set up video calls with your friends and family outside of the University too.

Make use of a different space

A change of space and pace can be beneficial to keeping peace of mind.

The Library

The Library remains open for access to physical resources. There’s also a ‘Book Takeaway Service’, which offers:

  • Campus delivery: for those self isolating or shielding on campus

  • Postal loans: for sending books to those living off campus

  • Scan and Send: for when you require individual articles or book chapters to be emailed to you

Book a study space

Library study spaces are available for booking in advance.
Further bookable spaces are available at the following locations:

Book a marquee

If you’re looking for some extra room for you and your household to relax in, there are a number of marquee spaces bookable on campus, every day from 12 noon to 10pm.

Tables are bookable for household groups of up to six and more than one table can be booked if you have a slightly larger household group.

If your kitchen is getting cramped or you want a different place to be, why not use them to host some household fun: maybe a board game gathering, flat quiz or crafting session? The space is yours and the ideas are up to you (just no alcohol please).

Keep active

In these often sedentary times, keeping active is important. With an army of enthusiastic sport and fitness staff and a cycle-friendly campus, exercising safely is easy.

TheYork Santa Run

Don the Santa hats sent to your campus accommodation and get running in the name of Charity. The York Campus Santa Hat Run raises money for two local causes helping students and those in the local community: Mentally Fit York and YourCafe. If running is not your thing you can always sponsor a runner instead.

Feeling photogenic? Take a photo while you're at it and tag @YorkSport1 and with the hashtag #YorkSanta

Hit the gym (virtually)

To help keep everyone active, York Sport will be hosting a range of free daily online classes until the gyms can reopen.

If you're a postgrad, check out these free sport options too.

Enjoy a bike ride

Not in the mood for lifting weights and squatting? Enjoy some active travel with a bike ride.

Don’t have a bike? Sign up to the pool bike scheme and borrow one .

Zumba it up online

It’s free, you can do it from home and you’ll be under the energetic and experienced guidance of Mariana Lopez, it’s Zumba online!

You don’t have to use your camera if you don’t want to, so there’s no pressure about looking silly as you jump about, and it’s a great way to burn off some energy while having fun. Why not try some Zumba with Mariana?

Order some good food

While we’ll have to wait a little longer to resume some of life’s pleasures, there’s no reason you can’t eat well.

  • As well as getting a takeaway sent to campus from one York’s hundreds of restaurants, you can now order takeaway food from The Courtyard, Alcuin Kitchen and The Forest food outlets on campus.

  • If you’re living in catered accommodation, your usual catering facilities will remain open for meals.

Unlock your potential with a virtual handshake

Set yourself up for life after lockdown with Handshake, the University's careers platform. Handshake will help you to:

  • Book careers appointments and events

  • Message the careers and placements team

  • Make contact with employers and fellow students

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help

Whether you have a simple question you’re not quite sure about, or there's something on your mind and you’d like to talk it through, remember that there’s always help around the corner. Here are some places you can go to for help or advice: