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21 Things You Should Know Now You’re Officially a Fresher At The University Of York

Congratulations! If you’re reading this you’ve probably just found out that in a few short weeks you’ll be showing up for your first day as a student at the University of York.

You may have seen our recent article 18 Things You Learn To Hate About Being a Student At The University Of York, but we were just kidding. York is the best university ever and we’re not even that biased… probably. Check out this list of things you should know before you get here.

1. The University of York is just one of two universities in the city. 

The other is York St John (or YSJ) and contrary to anything you may hear about a rivalry between us, they are awesome people.

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2. Lancaster Uni, on the other hand, is The Worst. 

Every year York and Lancaster students compete in a big sports tournament called Roses. The competition gets its name from a 15th Century civil war between the two areas. We ain’t playin’ around.

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3. York is kinda big with tourists… 

Masses of people flock to York to see the Minster, city walls, Jorvik Viking Centre and so on. They’ll also queue for hours to get into Bettys Tea Rooms… yeah I don’t get it either.

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4. There’s no IKEA or Primark here.

You might wanna prepare for that.

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5. Good news: someone will come and clean your kitchen and bathroom in halls regularly.

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6. Bad news: someone will come and clean your kitchen and bathroom in halls regularly. 

This only happens when you’re hungover and usually requires you to get up and be vaguely social and awkward when you’re only half-awake.

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7. No one can ever predict the fire alarms. If you sleep naked you’re gonna want to keep a dressing gown by your bed.

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8. Or TWO dressing gowns if you’re planning on having a (naked) friend over… or something… 

I don’t know what you crazy kids are doing these days.

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9. You’ll be assigned STYCs for your first week. 

(Second and Third Year Contacts). They make sure you get to all your nights out and help you move in.

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10. There are loads of club nights that you might not be told about. 

Your STYCs have to take you to certain events and YUSU-approved nights. After Freshers’ Week look out for names like Ctrl, On&On, Phat Fridays, Animaux, Freakin and Deja Vudu. There’s a lot more going on than the club nights you go to in Freshers’ Week.

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11. Wearing heels on a night out in York is not a good move. 

The streets are all cobbled and uneven. Trust, it won’t be a graceful look.

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12. In fact, you don’t really have to dress up much at all. 

You can, of course, but there aren’t heavily enforced dress codes anywhere here apart from Revs. Wear what you like.

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13. The Stone Roses Bar offers £2.50 trebles if you have a student card. 

If you’re pre-drinking in town you’ll find a lot of people here.

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14. You will fall in love with Oki’s Kebabs and Efes Pizza. 

Expert craftsmanship goes into each and every beautifully greasy product they produce… and they’re much cheaper than Domino’s. The Oki’s van in town will even call you a taxi and play music while you wait. Total babes.

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15. There’s a brand new 24hr bus service. 

Starting this year there are hourly buses from town to campus between midnight and 7am. Waaaay cheaper than a taxi.

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16. People say ‘thank you’ when they get off of the bus here. 

This’ll probably seem really strange to you if you’re from the South/London. Just go with it. It’ll be weird if you don’t.

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17. You’ll soon get used to your walks around campus being obstructed by wildlife. 

There are ducks, geese and rabbits in pretty large quantities. You’ll probably underestimate just how many there are until you get here.

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18. There’s an alternative event every night of Freshers’ for people who don’t want to drink.

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19. And if you’re into REALLY alternative activities there’s a gym on each campus…

You know, like if you want to PAY to EXERCISE. If that’s what you really want.

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20. There’s more to the Uni than just the two main campuses – like King’s Manor. 

It’s mostly for archaeology students, but it’s gorgeous and good to be aware of in case you have a supervisor meeting there one day.

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21. If you’re worried about missing out on events, tickets or crucial info, check out YUSU’s Freshers’ Site.

Everything you need is there. You’re welcome.

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