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Lockdown 3.0 Update

On Monday 4th January, the UK government announced that England was being put into another national lockdown for at least 6 weeks. Below we've outlined how this affects YUSU, our services, and student group activity:

Our venues

All of our venues (The Courtyard, The Lounge, The Vanbrugh Arms, The Glasshouse, The Kitchen @ Alcuin, D-bar and The Forest) are now closed until further notice, in line with government regulations. As before, we are continuing to try and create some security for our student bar staff by furloughing them during this time.

If you’re living in catered accommodation, you’ll still be able to grab your meals on campus as usual and the online Nisa now delivers on and off campus.


Student-led activities

Sports clubs, societies, student media, and fundraising groups will not have any in-person activity. 

Under the Covid-19 volunteering exemption, we are currently working with our volunteering projects to determine which activities are still able to go ahead in a safe way. We want to ensure that the key programmes offered by our volunteering projects can still be accessed by students and members of the community, while also ensuring that we protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the public.  

Any in-person activity that does take place off campus can only involve two people from two different households outside, or members from the same household inside.

Whilst Sport Club training and fixtures cannot happen, exercise is still allowed within these rules:

  • Outdoors in a public space, with 1 other person from outside your household / support bubble as long as a 2m social distance is maintained

  • With your household or support bubble

  • Exercise should be limited to once a day

  • Exercise within your local area


Advice and Support

We’re still here to offer you confidential and independent advice and support on a range of topics, including academic issues, appeals and exceptional circumstances. Find out more about our advice and support here.



Your five full-time Sabbatical Officers may be working from home, but they’re still working hard! They’re still fighting your corner to ensure fair changes are made so you’re at ‘no-detriment’ academically, that you’re getting value for money, and know your rights when it comes to things like accommodation. Get in touch with them directly via email, Facebook or Twitter. If you’ve got an idea of something you’d like to see happen at the University, or a policy idea for YUSU to adopt, submit it via our YUSUggestions page.


What is YUSU doing this term?

  • Fighting for your rights - we’re continually astounded by the strength and determination of York students and are with you all the way when it comes to speaking up to the University, City and government to make sure your views are heard and rights are maintained.

  • Refreshers Fair - we’re working hard to put on a digital Fair of sorts, so you can get to know other students and give some of our activities a go.

  • YUSU Elections 2021 - Every year in Term 2 we host our campus-wide elections, and 2021 will be no different. Although this will all take place online this year, we’re still on the look-out for extraordinary candidates to put themselves forward for one of our 15 positions. Find out more about our 2021 Elections here


Over the coming weeks we will be advertising some volunteering opportunities for students to get involved in and support the Covid-19 effort. If you’re interested in getting involved make sure to keep an eye on our website for more information coming soon!


Handy links and additional information

University of York's latest updates

NHS latest advice 

Foreign Office Travel advice

Latest information from the Government on Covid-19

We will be updating this page as and when we get more questions through from you, which you can ask by emailing [email protected], on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.