Written by students from your college committee, this handy guide should give you a good idea of what life is like as a student at York. We won’t have covered everything in this guide but it should cover what to expect and most of the useful things to know about the student lifestyle here.
THINGS TO KNOW
Freshers week is a really exciting time where you’ll meet tons of people (many you’ll probably never see again) and make friends that will see you through all of your time at York.
The majority of the week is fuelled by alcohol, through social events and clubbing, though if you’d prefer not to drink, there are non-drinking events being held throughout the week.
The line-up of events should show you around the most popular places to go out in the city and prepare you for your first year at York.
LIVING IN HALLS
If you’re living in Constantine accommodation this year, here are some things you may find useful to know before arriving.
• In each flat, each student has 2 cupboards (one wall, one below counter), 1 fridge shelf and 1 freezer shelf. This will limit you so you should choose wisely what to not bother bringing. Using space on the counter doesn’t end up working as you will clear them once a week to allow the cleaning team to perform a weekly clean.
• Rooms come with a mattress, mattress topper, desk chair and metal bin. They have lots of useful storage spaces for everything, so unlike the kitchen, you don’t have to be so minimalist.
• No dishwashers in the kitchen, worth bringing a drying rack.
• Washers and dryers can be found in the forum, operated by Circuit Laundry, at a cost of around £3.10 per wash and £1.60 per dry.
Buses– Two major bus routes for students, the 66 and 66a are operated by First Buses.
The 66 bus runs from East to West campus, through the city centre and finishes at the rail station. It can be used to travel between East and West for free. It is a regular service that comes every 7-8 minutes (ideally).
The 66a is a similar service, with a slight route change and travels through the south side of East campus, and terminating in town.
It might be worth getting a bus pass or Yorkie card, as this should significantly reduce your travel costs if you will often visit the city centre or travel around York.
Car– York is really a walking city, but if you choose to have bring your car to uni, there are plenty of parking spaces around. Kimberlow Lane car park backs on to C-Block of Constantine, and charges £6 a day to park, paying by cash or using PaySmarti online. You can apply for permits online but these are limited.
Taxi– Streamline Taxis are recommended by the university, and can be hailed by calling (01904) 656565. Fares tend to be affordable for students.
Uber also operates in York, however all cars are licenced in either Leeds or Bradford, meaning at peak times you may struggle to book a ride.
TIP: Choosing Langwith College as a destination will make your fare cheaper.
WHAT TO BRING TO UNI FOOD & DRINK Just remember you’re moving to York and not Mars, so you don’t have to bring lots of food as there are shops all around, including a Nisa just up the road.
It would be useful to bring some easy-to-cook food for when you’re hungover or tired, e.g. pizza, pasta, noodles.
If like many others you’re planning on drinking during freshers, it’s definitely worth bringing some alcohol before arriving in York, as Nisa tends to be quite pricey on booze.
Don’t worry if you don’t plan on bringing a lot, as most supermarket delivery services will cater to Constantine, you just meet the driver by the basketball courts.
APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS
The kitchen comes with toasters, kettles and fridge-freezers. Anything else you would like to have in the kitchen you should bring with you.
Some advice before you bring a printer:
• The university has a print server and printers dotted all around, the closest being in the Forum. Prices are quite low for printing.
• If it’s a Wi-Fi / internet printer, it won’t work on the university’s network, and you wont be able to print from it without a wired USB connection.
• It’s only worth it if you plan on printing a serious amount of pages. That said, it should be small as it will need to fit on your desk.
Here are some things that came in handy when we were freshers:
• Bluetooth speaker – for pre-drinks / music in the kitchen / chilling in your room
• HDMI cable – if you plan on bringing a console, the kitchen TV has an input
• Lightning adapter – for those who have iPhones, for some reason whenever the time comes that you’re plugging your phone into some speakers, you never have an adapter.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS It’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t forget to bring a form of ID, as you’ll need it for move-in day.
Of course you will be packing the obvious, pens, paper, maybe a ruler. Here are some things you might have forgotten that will be useful for your studies:
• Plastic wallets
• Box files
• Ring-bind folder
• Pins – for the two pin-boards in the bedroom
Other useful things to have are:
• Door-stop – useful especially for being social in freshers
• Clothes hangers
• Laundry basket
• Clothes horse – if you plan on avoiding using the dryers
• Iron – though you’ll find you use this much less than you think – the kitchen has a board
• Photos – will make your room much more homely
• Towels incl. bath-mat
• Oven gloves
• Slippers – your kitchen floor like all fresher floors will not be clean
York has more bars and pubs than most cities in the UK, so make the most of them especially in your first year. The uni club nights are run by York parties, and there are 4 per week. Entry to these nights requires you to bring your university ID card, something you’ll get during freshers week.
• Tuesday in Kuda: Probably much like many of the clubs you know from home. It has three rooms and a weird campervan in the middle of one of them. Never fails to give a good night out.
• Wednesday in Salvation: Busiest night of the week, with most sports team socials happening in Salvos, you’ll find yourself in there almost too much. Before going, it’s worth stopping by Society across the road for a few drinks.
• Thursday in Fibbers: Couldn’t describe a weirder club as it’s a sort of venue for performances, but nonetheless a must on a Thursday night. Sweaty dancefloor with house, bassline and D&B DJs, and it’s attached to a Bierkeller which makes it all the more fun.
• Sunday in Revolution: Revs is a bar which makes it different to all the other uni club nights. Good for socials but not for a sweaty dancefloor.
Other nights are held throughout the week, though these aren’t UoY student nights. Many will be St John student nights and others just for everyone. These require photo ID as normal, not university ID, for example in Mansion or Vudu.
Club night or not, you’ll probably find yourself in one of the many bars around the city. Places good to go before clubbing include Society, Flares, Lowther, Stone Roses or Popworld (which for some reason has a revolving dancefloor). Other bars you should try in your first year (mainly for the cocktails) are Dusk, Bobo Lobo, Drawing Board, Evil Eye and Jalou.
FOOD & DRINK
Here’s a quick list (not in order) of our recommended places to eat and try, whether it’s for a hangover brunch, snacks, flat lunch or a meal with your parents, use this for your quick go to. Remember always ask for student discount too, because a lot of places have them.
1. Mannion and Co 2. Lucky Days 3. Double Dutch Pancake House 4. Black Bull (good breakfast) 5. King Charles XII 6. Stonegate Yard 7. Kennedy’s 8. Glasshouse 9. Courtyard 10. Crumbs Cupcakery 11. Go Down Restaurant (expensive) 12. Humpit 13. King Chips 14. York Roast Co 15. Gatehouse coffee 16. Ambiente Tapas 17. Lendal Cellars 18. Brew and Brownie 19. Shambles Kitchen 20. Betty’s
It’s long and probably boring in places, but that’s pretty much all the information we can give to you, so get ready for freshers week as it’s something you won’t (or thanks to drinking, will) forget, we’ll be looking forward to seeing you in September!