University of York

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"The uni has a varsity with Lancaster each year called Roses (it's apparently the largest uni varsity in Europe) and it's super fun, even if you're not participating in the sport."
"Wednesday is sports night. This means excessive alcohol consumption and crazy fancy dress. Other nights in York aren't quite as wild, unless your society makes it so. There's a society for everything, so you can't be bored. They do a range of activities on campus, in town or further out so there's chance for adventure with like-minded people."
"The social environment is fantastic as there are so many opportunities to mingle with people. My main social circle naturally began in my halls of residence, but with every society I partook in I found my circle expanding. I'm not a part of a sports club but I do attend the gym, which has great facilities and is a great stress reliever during exam season."
"We have a lot of sport societies and other ones for a variety of interests."


"It is a collegiate university so you immediately feel a sense of community. For the first week there will be students called 'second/third year contacts' around campus who are there to answer any questions or concerns you may have. The scheme is designed to help you feel welcome and get involved in university life from the beginning. In terms of clubs and societies, there is a massive range and, if you have an idea for one, it is very easy to set up a new society."
"Many sports and clubs are available that you can find out about on the YUSU website and at the freshers' fair. We have a good university gym with great facilities and there's also a more expensive gym with better facilities in York."
"There's a great social environment as well as accessibility in sport for everyone thanks to developments and the college system. There are societies for everything."
"There are so many sports clubs to choose from and the option to do it either at university level or college level."
"Certain colleges have their own identities. Derwent is the party college, Langwith is the friendly and family like college, James is the sporty one, Vanbrugh is the musical one etc."
"The student life is fantastic. The collegiate system provides easy access to sports, committees, events and welfare. Societies are almost all well run and do great work, especially within the realms of music, student media and campaign groups. Sports teams are welcoming and fun."
"There is always something to do. There are plenty of societies and not just sporty ones either. The societies are good at hosting socials and really get you involved. There is also the chance to get a job on campus in the shops or call centres or even in York. There are always jobs going."
"There's absolutely loads to do and so many societies from niche to mainstream. We have a great sports centre, track and gym. There are loads of sports clubs at both college (more relaxed) and university level (more time consuming and competitive) and 'Roses' every year with Lancaster (a sports competition between the two unis) is always so fun."
"Lots of sports teams and socials so it's very easy to make friends outside of coursemates and flat mates."
"We have a lot of societies at the university from sports to non-sports. Some include women's rugby, football, cheerleading, the Taylor Swift society, psychology society, Latin American society, fetish society, religion society, feminist society and so on."

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