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We're the University of York Students' Union

but you can call us YUSU!
We'll leave proper introductions until later because right now we've got something really exciting to talk about.

Last Friday we announced a new, outdoor events space just for you which will be run by us - The Forest at Vanbrugh!

Nothing like this has ever been built at York before, meaning it will be the biggest venue on campus! This festival site will host all sorts of events and activities to introduce you to York in a safe, covid secure environment. Read on to find out what to expect here:
It'll be up for the WHOLE of term 1
Usually we host Freshers' activities across only 2 weeks. Not this year! The Forest will be in place for the whole of term 1 and will even evolve over that time.

Starting off with those festival vibes, as term goes on it will change - ending with a cosy, Christmas Market feel by December - with the events to match.
New spaces to discover
The Forest is just the name of the site, but within it sits smaller, quirky venues and chill-out areas for you to visit - from Disco Tipis to Yurts. Check them all out here.
More time means more events
YUSU, The Graduate Students’ Association and your College will host loads of different events in this space across the term including themed club nights, comedy performances, well-being workshops and much, much more. Keep an eye on our
Facebook for more updates as they come.
Brought to you by students
Sometimes it's better to let you guys take over! Existing student groups such as societies, sports clubs and volunteering projects will host their own events in this space. Whilst we mention them, why not check out our
activities A-Z to see which groups you’d like to join when you start?
All done with safety in mind
We’ve worked with the University to ensure that the space (and any activities that happen within it) are covid secure and that we’re always adhering to the latest government guidance on Covid-19. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe here.

It's good to be green


YUSU was recently awarded ‘Excellent’ in the NUS’ Green Impact scheme and were praised for our focus on sustainability when putting on events for you. We’ll make sure that The Forest, and all events that take place in it, aren’t harming the environment and our beautiful campus at York.

That's not all

YUSU's other venues

As well as The Forest, we run 6 other student venues on campus too. These will be open for business in Term 1 and beyond, ready to serve you the yummiest grub and thirst-quenching drinks on campus. For the latest on our venues, follow YUSUBars on Facebook.
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