COVID-19 Update & Advice

COVID-19 Update & Advice

Last updated: Friday 2 July 2021 14:00

York St John Students’ Union is working closely with York St John University to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and its impact, and taking measures to ensure the safety of our students and staff. This page will be regularly updated as the latest advice becomes available.

For wellbeing advice, please see our separate FAQs here. The University’s latest advice for students and staff can be found here.

The COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 18 or over. Please see the NHS's Vaccination FAQs here.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

  • A high temperature
  • A continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For more information about symptoms, please see the advice from the NHS.


How can I access free coronavirus testing?

It is encouraged that you should get tested twice a week. If you live in York you can book a free test on campus in Foss Sports Hall. Book your slots via the York City Council's website here.


What is NHS Test & Trace and should I be using it? 

If your course requires you to be on campus, all students are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 (Coronavirus) app. You will need to scan the QR codes throughout the Students' Union building and across campus to support the app. Find out more about what the app does here.


Where can I find more support from the university?

You can find out what support is available from the University on their COVID-19 advice web pageFAQs for students, and their success for students web page. Take a look at YSJ's arrangements for students returning to University here.



Is the SU Building open?

No, the building is now fully closed until September 2021. All SU services such as enquiries about sports, societies, advice, representation and democratic activities will continue to be available online.


Will I still be able to get in touch with staff at the Students Union?

Yes. Students’ Union staff will be able to respond to enquiries in person, via email and over the phone. You can find the staff directory here.


Can I still access the advice service for academic appeals at the Students’ Union?

Yes. Students can access advice regarding academic appeals by contacting the Student Voice Coordinator. You can email [email protected] or find the staff directory here.


Are events at the Students’ Union still going ahead?

We, unfortunately, won’t be able to host our usual events schedule this year, however, we will have a range of virtual activities for you to get involved in. Check out what events we have coming up here


I want to book the Students’ Union for an event, can I still do this?

No. Until further notice, we are not taking bookings for events.


I am an International Student, will my visa be affected?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Home Office will not take any compliance action against students who are unable to attend their studies. If you miss teaching because you are unwell, or because you are following advice about self-isolating or social distancing measures, this should not affect your visa.

If you need further assistance, you can contact the Coronavirus Immigration Helpline.


I am a member of a Sports Club, will fixtures still be played?

BUCS have made the decision to cancel the 2020-21 League and Knockout Season. BUCS are still intending to run the Outdoor Cricket season in Term 3. Please see the specific information for each event on the individual sport pages. For the full update from BUCS, please see their full return to play update: BUCS Return to Play


I am a member of a Sports Club or Society, should our activities be suspended?

SU clubs that operate outdoors are permitted to return, all in line with the easing of restrictions and guidance provided by the associated National Governing Bodies. We will be coordinating some sporting activity at Haxby Road until the end of June. While indoor activities cannot take place until at least stage 3 of the roadmap, we will be working to accommodate opportunities for outdoor fitness activity where possible. 


All society activity will continue to be delivered online for semester two until further notice. You will receive information for 1-2-1's with Saffron over the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].  


I am a member of a Sports Club, do I still need to return my O'Neills playing kit from 2019/2020?

Yes. However, the return and collection of playing kits have been postponed. This does not mean that members are eligible to keep their kit. You should contact [email protected] if you require further guidance. For example, if you are unable to return playing kit from 19/20.


I have a WellU membership, are classes still running?

The President of Wellbeing and Diversity and Sports Coordinator is currently working to deliver alternative activities available online for the duration of the lockdown and beyond. You can find our Lockdown: Keep fit activities here


Can I still use the sports facilities at the university?

The Foss fitness suite (but not the Sports Hall) will re-open from Monday 12 April with a booking system in place. Slots can be reserved via the online store. The new tennis centre at Haxby Road will open for individual exercise or exercise with your household or bubble. To book a court, click hereIf you have a query regarding your gym membership, please contact YSJ Active.


Will there still be volunteering and fundraising opportunities?

Yes, all volunteering and fundraising opportunities for semester two will be delivered online until further notice. 


Important Contacts

  • University Main Reception: 01904 624624
  • University Finance: 01904 876870
  • University Wellbeing: 01904 876477
  • University Student Advice: 01904 876477
  • University Security: 01904 876444
  • University Accommodation: 01904 876660
  • University International Office: 01904 624624
  • University Chaplaincy: 01904 876606

For more important contacts, please see our directory.


For regular updates make sure you've joined our Facebook Virtual Community and keep an eye on our social channels for the latest news! 


Stay safe everyone.