York St John University

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Are you ready to embrace new opportunities? To meet our world's challenges and make a real impact on the extraordinary times we live in? Then get ready to immerse yourself in a different type of place. A place with tailored learning built around your interests and ideas. A place to develop your passion and a place to fulfil your potential. We are York St John University and we've been changing lives through education since 1841.

With us it's personal. Every learning journey is different. That's why we get to know you as an individual and support you in achieving your personal goals.

We prepare you for the future. We are in the top 25 universities in the UK for graduate outcomes (DLHE 2017).

Celebrate in style. Our students have been graduating in York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, since 1989.

London Calling. We opened the doors to our London Campus in 2018, allowing our students to supercharge their studies.


We know that nightlife is important and York won't disappoint. York boasts a pub or club for every night of the year, from record-holding gin bars and quaint pubs dating back to 1503, to clubs with revolving dance floors, it's shaping up to be a good night in York.

Students walking down cobbled street in York

Halls of residence

We know how important it is to have a place to call home when you move to a new city. That's why we guarantee you a place in our accommodation in your first year of study.

We have nine accommodation sites managed by the university which include studio flats and shared flats or houses. All of our sites are within a 20-minute walk of our campus, 60% have ensuite bathrooms and all of them have WiFi access, it all adds up to a great place to live.

Girl at desk in York St John University halls of residence

Clubs and societies

Our Students' Union (SU) has over 60 sports clubs and societies so you're sure to find something to suit your interests. The SU supports all of our clubs and societies and if you think we're missing something they'll help you start up your very own society.

Our current societies and clubs include Student Minds, Veggie Society, Musical Production Society, Snow Sports, Ultimate Frisbee, and Mountaineering, amongst many others.

Cheerleading society at York St John University


Our campus is located in the centre of York, a city steeped in history. From shopping on the oldest street in Europe or finding out about local history to enjoying a film at our independent cinemas, we've got it all.

York's streets are lined with a mix of independent shops and cafes, well-known high street stores and plenty of restaurants. The city also hosts an annual calendar of festivals that showcase local talent and the history of the region. These include the renowned Aesthetica Short Film Festival, the Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedy Festival and the York Literature Festival.

Three students walking to lectures at York St John

Freshers' Week

At York St John University our Freshers' Week schedule is packed with a full range of events. From movie marathons and international food fairs, to pub quizzes and a pop-up petting zoo, you'll feel at home and be laughing with new friends in no time.

Our Students' Union continues to plan a full calendar of events throughout the year, even after Freshers' Week is finished, so you'll know there will always be something to get involved in.

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York St John University delivers teaching, learning and outcomes for it's students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
Student Population
Female / Male Students
67% Female
33% Male
Full / Part Students
92% Full Time
8% Part Time
International Students
94% Domestic
6% International
Stats from HESA

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York St John University Reviews

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1 November 2018

I love studying at this university. It may be small and quite compact however it feels very friendly and homely allowing me to easily and comfortably fit in. There are multiple opportunities for different societies meeting the interests of mainly everyone, with student friendly nights of pound a pint. The people who work sighing the uni are very caring always offering support or leading you the the right person to talk to. I love spending this journey in York St John and have many happy and fond memories here.

1 November 2018

Its a great university in a great city! But I'd arguably limited by its size and the cost of living. I believe the university does all it can in terms of providing a great student experience, however, does fall short in some instances. I don't believe the SU is able to cater for all students in regards to the activities it can offer, in addition to this, there does appear to be some inconsistencies when attempting to contact different members of staff, however this could arguably just be my experience and reflect my course only.

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York St John University
Lord Mayors Walk
YO31 7EX
United Kingdom