Life in Lockdown

On Monday 29 March the latest step of the Government’s roadmap to ease restrictions in England came into effect. Find out more about the current restrictions.

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 the internet at your fingertips it doesn’t have to be boring.

Here’s some ways you can make the most of lockdown life:

Explore our outdoor campus and city if you're in York

Now is a great time to make use of our campus’s vibrant outdoor spaces if you're in York. Take a guided walk or, if organised routes aren’t your thing, relax at your own pace at a picturesque part of campus.

If you're not in York, why not explore your local area a bit more?

Remember, you can meet and exercise in public places outside alone, with members of your household, with one other household, or with up to six people from different households - providing you maintain proper social distancing.

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, life 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 online events for students, while societies and sport teams are still active online.

Student Connect

By telling us a bit about yourself through our online form, we can match you with other students, usually from your course or college, so that you can make new friendships with other like-minded people.

Be creative with your downtime

Being limited to your household indoors 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

See your College newsletter, the MyUoY App or the Student Events page to find out what's going on. Lots of these events are virtual so you'll be able to get stuck in wherever you are.

Not seeing anything that interests you but have an idea that you, your flat, your college or the wider community you'd 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 hanging out online easier, the University has made Zoom accessible to all students. 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. Here are some of the spaces that're available if you're currently in York:

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

  • Looking for somewhere to eat your lunch? Our supervised socially-distanced space at Vanbrugh dining hall is open Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 2.30pm

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.

Get some exercise

In lockdown, indoor leisure and gym facilities have been instructed to close.

You can still attend on-demand classes online through the York Sport Wellness app, available on iOS and Android.

As of Monday 29 March, outdoor exercise is back on. Outdoor facilities at York Sport - including the tennis courts and athletic stadium, will reopen, and outdoor fitness classes will start.

After Tuesday 6 April, college and students' union clubs and team will be able to restart training.

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? If you're in York you can 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 TFTI lecturer 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?

Enjoy 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.

  • Support local businesses and get a takeaway from a café or restaurant in your local area

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

  • Our online Nisa store can deliver on- and off-campus within York.

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: