York St John University was given full university status in 2006, but it has been open for over 168 years! The university started from Victorian Anglican teacher training colleges.

York St John University’s campus is throughout the city, with a stone’s throw away from York Minster, the stunning medieval cathedral where the graduation ceremonies take place.
The university has approximately 6,000 students with a male to female ratio of 30:70.

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“Your Students’ Union is here to help you have a great time whilst you are here. We are here to help you in a variety of ways, from helping you make new friends, representing your University on the pitch, taking part in representing other students and ensuring that you’re supported when you need it most.” – York St John Student Union

York St John Students’ Union is based on the York St John Campus, in the city of York. The main Students’ Union building is the Cordukes Building, YO31 7EX.

There are so many opportunities to get involved, try something new or make a change!

York St John University have an array of societies to join, ranging from creative writing, film and tv….and even a Superhuman Society!

There is definitely something for everyone. Take a look here.

The university is spread through the city, but the main campus is only a few minutes’ walk to the centre of town. The train station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk – with London and Edinburgh both about two hours away! Big cities like Leeds and Manchester are also easy to get to.


A map of the city’s cycle route can be found here

(from the City of York Council website).

The network consists of a lot of quieter roads as well as main roads, so you can make your route suit you!


The journey from the train station to the university is about a 20 minute walk.

On coming out of the station, turn left along Station Road. Keep going straight on, and continue straight on until you reach the second set of traffic lights. Turn left and walk across Lendal Bridge.

At the next traffic lights, turn left again. You will see the Theatre Royal on your right and the Art Gallery on your left. Go straight on to Clarence Street and the University main entrance is on your right.


If you get a taxi to the university from the train station, the journey will take five-ten minutes (depending on traffic) and cost approximately £5.


You can park in the Union Terrace Car Park on Clarence Street, YO31 7ES. All day parking costs £8.50.

York St Johns University offers a wide range of support for students with problems with housing, health and wellbeing, finance, and learning.


All support services run a drop-in session, meaning you don’t need to pre-book your appointment. Simply come to the Student Advice Desk in the Holgate Student Centre.


Find more, including the drop in times and dates, here.

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York is a walled city at the meeting of two rivers: Ouse and Foss. It is located in North Yorkshire and has bundles of history and character! York is rich in heritage and boasts a wealth of historic attractions such as York Dungeons, the National Railway Museum and the icon York Minster in the centre of the city. With so much to see, York is a popular tourist destination, visited by millions. All just over 2 hours from both London and Edinburgh!


York has a vibrant and lively atmosphere which rivals some of the larger cities. Although York doesn’t have huge mega clubs like Manchester or London, it does have enough to choose from…in fact York is rumoured to have a bar/pub for everyday of the year. Clubs have student nights a few nights a week, like Salvation, Kuda, Revolution and Fibbers.


York has a great mix of both independent and chain shops. A great place to find some of the cutest independent shops is The Shambles, where you can try some chocolates at the York Chocolate Story at the top. The city has more than enough shops for you to spend your student loan on, and if you are looking for all the designer labels, they can been found at the outlet store just outside town.


York is a relatively small city, compared to some of the neighbouring cities such as Leeds or Manchester. York is a great mix because it still has the feel of a small country city, but with loads to do and see.
With the rich history and attractions, you can enjoy a day seeing sights, or try the famous Betty’s tea rooms, before going on a ghost tour around the streets of York.

Our blog is all about exciting things in York. Take a look below…