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York St John University

United Kingdom
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About York St John University

York St John is the oldest higher education institution in York and has been at the forefront of Teaching and Education for over 175 years.

Founded in 1841, York St John University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of York (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Yorkshire and the Humber. Officially accredited/recognised by the Privy Council, York St John University is a medium-sized (enrolment range: 6,000-6,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. York St John University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognised higher education degrees such as master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International students are welcome to apply for enrolment. York St John University also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

Campus information

York St John University is an outstanding university, known for its academic excellence and responsive nature, always putting the student at the heart of everything it does. Our magnificent campus is located in the centre of the historic City of York.

Our eleven-acre site on Lord Mayor’s Walk is in a stunning setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls. Our award winning campus has undergone a £100 million transformation over the past 10 years to ensure students benefit from the right environment in which to study and live. Originally built around a quadrangle, newer buildings including De Grey Court and the Fountains Learning Centre which houses the library, IT facilities and a modern lecture theatre. The Foss Building houses our sports hall, a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms.

Other facilities include a dance studio, drama studio, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios. There are a number of catering outlets and the Students’ Union has a bar, café, shop and offices on campus.

Nowhere in northern England says 'medieval' quite like York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its pre-industrial lustre. A magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls encloses a medieval spider's web of narrow streets. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. York's long history and rich heritage is woven into virtually every brick and beam, and the modern, tourist-oriented city – with its myriad museums, restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs – is a carefully maintained heir to that heritage.

Try to avoid the inevitable confusion by remembering that around these parts, gate means street and bar means gate.



St John Central
St John Central has individual flats which accommodate six students and a few self-contained studio apartments. The majority of rooms in each flat are standard. There are a small number of large rooms in flats throughout the site.

Percy's Lane
Percy’s Lane accommodation has individual flats for between four and five students as well as self-contained studio apartments. The majority of rooms in each flat are standard. There are a limited number of large rooms with double beds and a very limited number of large rooms with single beds.

Limes Court
Limes Court is comprised of 29 individual houses with accommodation for between four and five students. The majority of rooms in each house are standard. There are a limited number of large rooms in houses throughout the site.

City Residence
City Residence is comprised of three areas with individual flats for between four and six students. The majority of rooms in each flat are standard. There are a limited number of large rooms in flats throughout the site.

The Grange
The Grange is comprised of nine areas with individual flats and town houses for between two and six students. The majority of rooms in flats are standard. There are a very small number of large rooms in flats throughout the site.

Lord Mayor's Walk
Lord Mayor’s Walk is comprised of several individual blocks with rooms for between seven and twenty six students. This site is our only semi-catered accommodation.


University Managed Houses

York St John offers four University-managed houses across York. These are properties owned by private landlords but the overall tenancy is held by the University. They have all been carefully selected by Accommodation Services to be within walking distance of the main campus and of a good standard.

The houses are all very similar to our halls of residence and can offer a simple and useful transition into the private sector. You will have access to security staff 24 hours a day, all year round, to support you if any problems arise. The information below is based on all four (4) properties and more specific information will be available if you are offered one of the houses. 

The Brickworks
The Brickworks is a brand new student accommodation site in York. Situated on Hallfield Road, it’s less than a ten minute walk to York St John University and less than a 25 minute walk to the University of York – so it’s an ideal place to live whilst you are studying in York. The location also provides easy access to all the city centre has to offer. This student accommodation offers a total of 326 beds including a mixture of en-suite rooms, studios and cluster flats to suit a range of budgets and needs. All are furnished with a study desk and drawers, excellent storage, an en-suite bathroom and Amtico floor finish.  






Courses available 20

Accounting & Finance 3 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 3 Computer Science, IT 2 Education and Teaching 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 8 Mass Communication & Media 1 MBA 1 Sports Science 1


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