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18 Things You Need To Know Before Starting At The University of York

Before you begin your student life at the University of York, someone should really warn you about the ducks. Here are all the things you need to know before you get here.

1. The University of York’s campus isn’t actually in York.

It’s in Heslington.

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2. It’s a research intensive uni, so you’ll spend more time in the library than you will in lectures.

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3. Or at least that’s the idea.

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4. For lots of the university’s courses you’ll be expected to complete a reading list before you arrive.

What with it being research intensive and all that.

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5. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to catch up, and you’ll be too busy making shapes in Kuda to worry about your reading list.

6. York also has a ridiculous amount of pubs and cafes.

As in, there’s a pub for EVERY DAY of the year.

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7. The university campus is a maze.

We have over thirty departments and plenty of colleges. It’s a good idea to take a look around so you don’t get lost on the way to your first lecture.

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8. But don’t expect to ever be in this building. 

Heslington Hall is all over the prospectus, but no one really has lectures there.

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9. The city itself is stunning though. 

The best nights out end in a walk up here:

#york #cliffordscastle

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10. UoY is also home to the biggest plastic-bottomed lake in Europe, but don’t even think about swimming in it. 

That water is toxic!

My favourite memories always 🏠 #ukhomesick

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11. And it’s populated by ducks and geese who think they own the place.

Snow Geese at Biology #sleepy #uoy #nature #universityofyork #gardener #environment #uniofyork #habitat

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12. And they’re right. 

Seriously. Don’t get in their way.

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13. Each college has it’s own identity, perks and events. 

James is by the gym, but Alcuin has outdoor BBQs…

14. And the rivalry between colleges is a pretty big deal in Freshers’ Week. 

Be prepared for lots of chanting on the bus to town.

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15. You will definitely lose your key card and get locked out of your room at some point after a night out. 

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16. There’s loads to do at the uni itself, no matter what you’re interested in. 

There are hundreds of societies, plus volunteering opportunities and elected positions at your college.

17. And if you’re nervous, don’t worry, your STYCs will help you in Freshers’ Week.

Second and Third Year Contacts take you to events and answer your questions all through your first week.

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18. You are going to love it here.

#LOVEYORK

Get ready to #LoveYork, #UoYfreshers16 is coming!!!

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