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Freshers Week 2018 Events

15 Sep, 2018


It’s Arrivals weekend, and that means today is all about you getting settled in! Make sure you sign in, collect your keys & then head to your halls of residence, where you will meet some of our welcome helpers, who will help you get your car unloaded, and answer any questions you have!

Make sure you say a big hello to your flatmates, as well as anyone else moving in, they are probably the exact same cocktail of excited & nervous that you are.

We would also recommend that you get whoever is dropping you off to take you to the closest supermarket to ensure you are fully stocked up on everything you are going to need for your first few weeks.


We will be kicking off Freshers Week with a fantastic opportunity to hang out with your new friends, grab something good to eat & enjoy a couple of cold ones at the SU!

Doors will be open from 5pm, with the food starting around 6pm, so make sure you head down in plenty of time to avoid missing out!
16 Sep, 2018


Officially kicking of YSJSU Freshers is the Block Party!

Starting around 6pm at the Students’ Union, we have a night of good food, cold drinks & live music! All night long we will have live bands on at the SU, as well as BBQs so you can grab some good grub! Then we will move on mass into the city centre for…


We will then descend on two of our official clubs, Salvation & Fibbers for one MASSIVE party! There will be several rooms, a tonne of different DJ’s playing the best tunes and plenty of drinks offers to be enjoyed, all to make sure your week starts with a BANG!
17 Sep, 2018


We have so much stacked into Monday!

All day at the Students’ Union, we have ice cream vans, inflatables, games consoles & much more!

We will be hosting our big showcase so you can find out about & try out all the great Sports & Societies we have a York St John! Head down anytime from 11am with your new housemates for some laughs!


It’s time to launch your official club nights with your official Monday night at Kuda! It all begins with Where’s Wally, so grab your red & white stripes, head to the SU for a pre-drink & join the walking bus at 10.30pm!
18 Sep, 2018


Tuesday is all about really making sure you are settled into York St John life. You will start your full inductions, probably start getting to know the campus, course mates & lecturers more, and maybe even start to have a little wander around the fine city you now call home!

It’s time to get you swagged out! We will be inviting a bunch of local vintage specialists into the SU Bar so you can come and grab a deal! Whether you want some distressed denim, that certain retro Adidas track jacket or a vintage t-shirt, the SU is the place to be! Doors open at 11am & close at 4pm!


It’s time to launch our official Tuesday night, the big fat pub quiz! Every single week we pack out the Students’ Union and get ready to give out some phenomenal free prizes. We have free meals, cash prizes, rounds of drinks & a whole bunch more on offer. Grab your team and head down for 7pm to enter.

Fancy another party?! If you aren’t ready for a break yet, we have got the hook up! For a special Freshers one off, YSJSU will be taking over Vodka Revs for a white party, so grab an all-white outfit, featuring your dancing shoes, and get ready to get down! Again, we will have a walking bus from the SU to make sure you get their safe!
19 Sep, 2018


We promise you, you will have NEVER experienced anything quite like this! A full day event, running from 10am till 4pm in Foss Sports Hall, it’s your one stop shop for everything you need for life at University!

The room will be full of local businesses, bars, clubs, gyms, restaurants, charities, university support departments, all of the sports teams & societies and of course all of us at the Students’ Union, all ready to say hi, let you know what they can offer, and give you plenty of freebies!

Over the past few years we have seen people walk away with free Nandos meals, slice upon slice of Domino’s pizza, free cinema tickets & having signed up for plenty of taster sessions.

Alongside Fresher’s Fair, we will also be hosting the first of a few days of poster sales, to make sure you can brighten up your new room! There will be a wide range of styles and sizes for you to grab, so make sure you check them out whilst you are in the queue for Freshers Fair!


Frathouse is the second of your weekly club nights, this time being hosted at Fibbers Nightclub! It is the place where our Sports teams celebrate wins and commiserate losses, as well as being the ultimate party to end your weekly hump day!

Head down to the SU from 7pm for the pre-party, then jump on the walking bus at 10.30pm to make your way to the club!
20 Sep, 2018


There is so much to see, do & try in York, so we highly recommend grabbing a couple of pals and having a look around! Not only should you familiarise yourself with all the stuff you are going to need, such as the closest supermarket to you & the best places to grab your study supplies, we also recommend checking out some of the best local sights.

All day today we will be hosting a big QR Code Hunt across campus, meaning not only will you definitely find your way round, but you will also be in the mix for some awesome prizes! Just head down to campus and hunt down the posters.


The best way to spend your Thursday night is at the SU! We will be hosting an international food fair, meaning you can grab a whole bunch of tasty treats, as well as couple of cold ones, all whilst enjoying some live music from our Bavarian band

Finally, Thursday sees the launch of our once a month Thursday night special, YSJSU Unplugged. If you are a budding comedian, spoken word poet, solo musician or can perform in any other way, head down from 7pm, jump on stage, and grab a free beer on us for the performance! Everyone else, come down and enjoy some of YSJ’s best talent!
21 Sep, 2018


A firm favourite of our Freshers week each year is the petting zoo! We will be bringing in a bunch of different animals, from creepy crawlies to the cutest of puppies! Head down to the SU from midday to get your fill of creature comforts.


The ultimate pre-party before the launch of our official Friday nights, the SU is going to be transformed into a UV lit, silent disco. Come down, grab a drink & pull on a set of headphones!

The last of our official weekly nights launches tonight at Salvation! Every Friday night we have Koh Samui, a party night resembling those held on the Thai island itself. There will be plenty more UV paint available, and a walking bus setting on from the SU at 10.30pm
22 Sep, 2018


During the day our campus will be full of the different emergency services, offering you the opportunity to meet and greet them, and ask any questions you have. We will have fire engines, rescue boats, ambulances and much more!

Also on during the day, giving you the opportunity to either sweat out some of the Freshers calories on the dance floor or stretch out and feel better about life, we have both Zumba and Yoga sessions.


Saturday is the biggest night of the YSJ week, and it is for two very good reasons! The first is karaoke, giving you the opportunity to blast out your all-time favourite tunes. The second… £1 Pints all night long!
23 Sep, 2018


Comicon is coming to YSJ, with a large selection of stalls offering games, comics, memorabilia and much more! Make sure you come down and check out everything on offer. Also as part of the day, we will have our historical re-enactment society doing demonstrations all day, as well as offering you the opportunity to try out larping.


The last night out of Freshers, and trust us, it’s the biggest and best yet! Over 1000 students, a full city wide bar crawl, various routes, all finishing with one MASSIVE party at Kuda. Your ticket will also be a T-Shirt you will need to wear, so grab yours from the SU now!

If you are all done with the partying, we have got you covered with a continuation of the comicon theme, and a marvel movie marathon! Head to the SU anytime from 4pm for some big screen action at the SU!

Freshers Playlist

Check out our Presidents ‘Get The Party Started’ Freshers Playlist!

Freshers pass

Your 2018/19 Freshers’ Pass is here! This year we are launching a Membership card which gives you access to masses of savings throughout Freshers’ week and beyond!

For a mere £20.00 we are offering the following:

    £1 a Pint Karaoke entry for the first semester - worth £22.00!
    Queue Jump and Guestlist all year round for all official club nights at YSJ – worth £2.00 per night!
    Free membership for the first semester to our WellU program – worth £5.00
    Priority Entry to all Freshers Events
    Early Entry to Archie’s Day events

All this is worth over £60.00 – three times what you are paying!

There are limited numbers on offer so be sure to secure your pass now by using the button below!

Passes will be available to collect with a valid ID from the Students’ Union from Saturday 15th September at 10am.

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Fequently Asked Questions

Check out some of the highlights questions and the answers you need!

I’ve come to move in, but what do I do?

Firstly, welcome to YSJ! You’re about to begin the best years of your life. And to kick it all off, you move away from home and into (potentially) your first flat.So, what should you do? Well, on the day make sure you head to campus to collect your keys from Holgate. Once you have your keys and information you’ll be able to head to your accommodation site and get those full car boots unpacked. Over at the sites there will be a number of staff, volunteers and your Residential Student Advisor (RSA) ready to help unpack and settle you in, don’t be afraid to ask for help, it’s what we are there for.

I’m all settled, what’s next?

A big part of moving in is meeting new people. Why not knock on some doors and see who’s around. It’s a guarantee that you’ll all be as nervous as each other, but overcoming that first ‘hello’ is always the biggest step, once you’ve done that, you are on for a winner. In the evening the helpers from the Students’ Union will be back to bring you down to campus for your first experience of the social side of student life. You can find the full schedule of events on this site.

Something isn’t right with my accommodation, what shall I do?

Never fear, the university have a dedicated team for accommodation, you can contact them via e-mail or telephone at: Tel: 01904 876650 Additionally, each site has its own dedicated Porters team and RSAs so don’t hesitate to ask a question.

I need to enrol on my course, what shall I do?

You’ll have an e-mail from Student Records for your online enrolment, make sure this is completed. It’s needed for two big reasons. 1) to make sure you are registered on your programme, 2) to make sure you can receive payments from Student Finance. If you are on a course which requires a DBS and you haven’t received any confirmation, speak to Student Records or enquire at the main reception in Holgate. Once you’re enrolled you’ll receive your student ID, and you’re all set. You will be able to access Moodle, be signed in for lectures and access everything we have to offer at the Students’ Union all year round. The final stage of enrolment will be done at the main reception, and is scheduled on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th September. Pop it in your diary. Please note: You must keep your Student ID with you when attending lectures/seminars/workshops to make sure you are signed in.

I’ve not got a student bank account, any advice?

Banks will be waiting to lure you into their student accounts offering you attractive bonuses for joining their bank. Before you allow yourself to be lured into using a certain bank because of the student railcard they offer, or the attractive cash back promise, look into the small print. This may seem boring and tedious but you will save yourself being caught out later on. Here are some practical hints and tips: Look for a student account. These often offer free overdrafts and a bonus for signing up. Don’t be fickle, one bank might offer a more attractive bonus, but their scheme may not be as suitable for your needs. Look for an interest free overdraft, and think about the amount you may need. Will you be working to support yourself? Will your parents be supporting you? Look at the graduate schemes they run. If you have an overdraft, some banks start charging interest as soon as you’ve graduated, whereas others allow you a larger interest free overdraft for a couple of years, to give you time to get onto your feet, and pay it back without interest. Avoid credit cards; you don’t need that kind of additional debt. When opening the account, don’t immediately increase your overdraft to the maximum amount. Think about how you can be a good steward with money, And remember that the overdraft is not your money! Everything you spend from a loan or overdraft will need to be paid back. Think about making yourself accountable to someone in the area of finances. It’s worth taking note that for any financial worries, including budgets and bill payments, there is the Student Funding Team on hand to help and answer any queries. Just contact them at

I need to transfer from my local Doctor’s Surgery, where do I go?

While you’re on campus you will also be able to access registration to the onsite medical centre, this will be located in the Holgate dining hall which will be signposted on the day. The onsite centre is a part of the York Medical Group, this means that you can use any of the assigned surgeries, so don’t be disheartened if you can’t get an appointment on site.

I’m not sure where my lectures are, can you help?

Navigating around campus can be tough to start with, asking questions like ‘what does DG stand for?’ But campus is layered with floor stickers to highlight where each building is. There is also a campus map, and the guidebook app will be a useful tool when finding out where you need to be.

I’m a night owl and will work best in the evening, can I use the library?

The Library is open 24/7, but remember we all need rest, and we don’t advise holding an all-nighter. But if you do, remember to be well rested and hydrated to keep up a positive and successful attitude.