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Student life

Student support

Learn more about the wellbeing and support services at York St John University.

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We support you through your studies with a variety of services.

We work hard to make sure that you settle in and find your place in the vibrant York St John community. Support begins as soon as you arrive at University with our Welcome Week activities. These introduce you to your course and your University. 

When you have enrolled, our full range of support begins for you. Our services will support you for your whole course and beyond.

Careers support

We encourage you to check in with our careers service right at the start of your studies. They will help you make the most of your degree and maximise your opportunities to build up your skills and employability.

We offer tailored advice throughout your studies and beyond through our LaunchPad service.

Careers support

Welfare and wellbeing

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Welfare and wellbeing

Student life will bring you lots of new opportunities but we know it can also be challenging at times.

Our Welfare and Wellbeing team offer practical help and emotional and psychological support. We will work with you in complete confidence to decide the best support for your difficulty or issue.

We have a multi-skilled team of dedicated professionals on hand to help you, including Blue and Jug, our therapy dogs.

Explore our services and meet the team

Disability advice and support

Our Disability Support team are here to help applicants and students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, mental health conditions or specific learning difficulties.

If you declare a disability when you apply to study with us, our team will contact you to offer support.

We will work with you to decide the support that will help you succeed. We will also help develop study strategies in line with your personal learning goals on your course.

We have an Early Start scheme for students who identify as autistic. The scheme allows you to arrive and start your induction at University early to help you settle in. We also run a Graduate Transition Scheme. This offers support throughout your studies and in the move towards the world of work.

Disability support

Course and study support

A member of staff in the York St John library.

Course and study support

Our academic staff are here to support you through your studies. You will have the opportunity to meet with the team before you start your course. You will also get a full introduction during your first week at York St John.

You will have a personal tutor to contact for help and advice. Our staff will make the effort to get to know you, your interests and the support you need to succeed.

As well as your tutors, you can access a range of support to help with your study skills. Our Academic Liaison Librarians can provide subject support in group or 1 to 1 sessions.

Help is available with specific areas of study. This includes coursework, essay writing, using IT systems and learning how to make the most of the library.

Library, study and digital skills support

Supporting our diverse community

We recognise that some students need specific support or guidance during their studies.

We want you to know that you are not on your own. We provide 1 to 1 support for a range of different circumstances. We can arrange regular meetings to discuss your situation and signpost you to relevant services. 

We have specific support schemes for:

  • Asylum seekers
  • BAME students
  • Care leavers
  • Commuting students
  • Students from Gypsy, Roma and travelling communities
  • Mature students
  • Student carers
  • Student parents
  • Trans students

Our support schemes

Student medical centre

We have a medical centre on campus. We encourage all students who live in our halls of residence to register with the medical centre when you join us. This will make sure that medical help is on hand if you need it.

Faith support

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Faith support

We recognise and respect all faiths at York St John University. Our chapel is a multi-faith space open to all. It includes a prayer room, quiet room and peace garden.

We celebrate many different religious festivals on campus. Our Chaplaincy team includes Faith Advisors who, between them, represent most of the major world religions. They are here to support and encourage you, engage in dialogue and promote understanding.

Support for commuting students

Are you thinking about living at home and commuting to University? We have a range of services available to support you.

We have a designated contact for commuting students who can help you decide whether commuting is the right choice for you. We can meet with you to:

  • Discuss practical issues
  • Give money saving tips
  • Provide information on transport and useful facilities on campus
  • Help you manage the impact commuting to University may have on your academic studies and personal wellbeing

For more information about the support we offer, contact Emma Coward-Gibbs at

Help with your finances

Our Student Funding Advice team are here to help and can provide advice and guidance on student finance as well as the funding that is available from York St John. The team run campaigns throughout the year to provide money saving tips. There are always prizes to be won so it's worth getting involved.

Visit our dedicated page to find out more about applying for funding, the support the University offers and to register for our online tool, Blackbullion.

Finance support

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