Colleges A-Z


Alcuin

Alcuin College is one of the University of York’s first colleges, established in 1967 and named after English Scholar Alcuin of York. 

The college offers a vibrant, diverse community feel with great facilities and outstanding opportunities for everyone. Whether you want a coffee shop crawl, a silent disco or lots of free food in the Junior Common Room, there’s lots on offer at Alcuin!

The Alcuin College Student Association Committee (CSAC) work incredibly hard each year to put on a variety of events and activities for all of the students. Some of the highlights over the past years include silent discos, bar crawls, trips to Bingo and bowling and BBQ’s in the college quads to celebrate the end of exams. We also frequently host pub quizzes and our very own Alcuin Live Lounge; giving current students an opportunity to showcase their talent to the college community in our cosy café venue, Kitchen at Alcuin. 

The Alcuin experience holds something for everyone and the committee are keen to hear your suggestions of ways we can improve and offer a better experience for the students we represent. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions about Alcuin. 
 

CSA President 2021

Ella Dickinson

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St Leonards Hospice

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Constantine

Located on Campus East, Constantine is home to just over 600 resident students. Our wide range of small, special interest events create social networks, and students are encouraged to try new things. A focus on volunteering and enterprise provides opportunities for students to develop skills and experience, and explore who they want to be. Our link with local charity Refugee Action York allows students to make a positive contribution to the local community.

CSA President 2021

Marcus Chan

RAG Charity Partner

Refugee Action York

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Derwent

Derwent is one of the two founding colleges at the university of York and was opened in 1965 by Queen Elizabeth II. Derwent has a proud history as a lively, social college in the heart of the Heslington campus. The college prides itself on its unique sense of community.

Derwent is known as the sociable college for many reasons. One reason is because we are the only college to have two campus bars, The Courtyard and D Bar. In addition, Derwent is the only college to host regular on campus club events, known as D events. The college also hosts club nights in town, taking over the immensely popular Flares. The finale of the events calendar is when Derwent holds ‘Big D’ which is a mini festival over one night with multiple headline acts over many stages. Recent acts include Lethal Bizzle, Scouting for Girls, Chase & Status, Katy B, Blonde, Macky Gee, Vengaboys, Basshunter, and many more.

Derwent is also known for being one of the top performing colleges on the sports field. Derwent are hugely successful when it comes to winning college leagues and winning varsity against other Durham colleges.

Derwent encourages student engagement, participation, and representation. The Derwent JCRC are responsible for putting on events such as Freshers Week and ensure that student voices are represented and listened to by the university.

If you have any further questions about Derwent and what it has to offer feel free to get in touch!

JCRC Chair 2021

Harry James

RAG Charity Partner

York Mind

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Goodricke

Goodricke College was founded in 1968 and named after the astronomer John Goodricke. The college has approximately 1500 undergraduate members, of which some 500 live in college accommodation, and about 140 postgraduate members, of which most live in college accommodation.

It is located on Campus East, and is known for its great college spirit, outstanding common room space (including a dedicated wellbeing hub) and the high quality events it provides.The flagship event for Goodricke College is GoodFest, an annual event that attracts upside of 1000 students with headliner acts including Tinchy Stryder and Zak Abel. This is all put on absolutely free of charge for all university students (and surrounding residents) and is organised by your JCRC (college committee)! The JCRC also runs your Freshers’ Week and formals, as well as more regular events such as Jacket Potato Wednesdays!

The Goodricke feel is very unique and we are always looking for ways we can improve this experience for all of our students! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

JCRC Chair 2021

Brianna Spear

RAG Charity Partner

Changing Lives

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Halifax

Halifax college was founded in 2001, and named after the first Earl of Halifax, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood. The college is situated to the south of Campus West, a short walk across the sports fields, 22 acres, next to the village of Heslington. There are approximately 2000 members of Halifax college, making it the largest out of all the other colleges at the University. Unlike the other colleges, students live in houses rather than flats, split into nine different courts: Lindley Court, St Lawrence Court, Wood Court, Ingram Court, Irwin Court, Younger Court, Ainsty Court, and Hickleton Court.

The Halifax College Student Association (the HCSA) plans and puts on your Freshers’ Week, as well as various events for students throughout the year in the college’s common room, JJ’s! Previous events put on by the committee include ‘The Big Fax Quiz’, film nights, karaoke as well as formals. For any questions about the HCSA or life at Halifax College, please do contact us!

CSA Chair 2021

Ewan Cosker

RAG Charity Partner

York Against Cancer

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James

Founded in the mid-1990s, James College is named after Lord James of Rusholme, the first Vice Chancellor of the University of York. Built around landscaped quads with lakeside views, the college has a large range of facilities including a huge dining hall, cocktail bar, Lakeside Common Room and James Lodge, which hosts study rooms, a kitchen, more common rooms and a picnic area for all students to enjoy.

The college boasts a wide range of sports teams and other activity groups, and is always looking for new initiatives to support. James is a genuinely student-run community; our students have a say on everything, from voting for their very first Freshers event to deciding what the college invests in each year. Our JCRC are our student leaders, and they work very closely with the College Staff to make sure there's something on offer for everyone in James - and if what you want isn't on offer, then we support you to set it up yourself!

James College's greatest strength is its diversity. Our students come from all over the world, from a huge variety of backgrounds and study a broad range of subjects. We encourage everyone to explore their own identity, to feel respected and valued, and to challenge themselves to try new experiences and make new friends throughout their time at York.

JCRC Chair 2021

Max Stafford

RAG Charity Partner

Survive York

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Langwith

Langwith College is one of the two founding colleges here at the University of York. Once located on Heslington West it has now been relocated on to Heslington East in some of newest accommodation at the university.

Langwith is known as a highly diverse college, encouraging any student from any background to come and make the best out of what York has to offer. For the students who are musically talented, or even what to take up a new hobby we have our own set of music practise room for you to use. However, Langwith offers something different to do for any students, from wellbeing yoga, book clubs or a bar crawl there really is something for everyone at Langwith college.

The Langwith College Student Association (LCSA) is your student link with the college, we are the one in charge of all your events throughout the year, from Freshers’ week to formals. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the college!

CSA Chair 2021

Charlotte Cross

RAG Charity Partner

Student Minds

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Vanbrugh

Located at the entrance to the University, Vanbrugh College is one of the original colleges on the Heslington West campus, and in 2017-18 we celebrated Vanbrugh's 50th anniversary.

Vanbrugh has always been a lively college, encouraging students from diverse backgrounds and cultures to get more out of University than just the degree. With a strong ethos of participation, whether in music, sport or creative activities, our staff, volunteers and mentors provide guidance, facilities and enthusiasm so that our students can flourish both from a wide range of extra-curricular programs and activities provided by the College but also to create their own opportunities. For example, Vanbrugh hosts music facilities that were built primarily for non-music students (open to all students regardless of college membership), supports choirs, bands and music creators, with a fully equipped garage-band rehearsal space, recording studio and instrument lending library and with several E.P.s each year coming out of The Garage, we have proven you can still live the dream of being a rock star and get your degree.

JCRC Chair 2021

Georgia Rayner

RAG Charity Partner

SASH

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Wentworth

Wentworth Graduate College is the University of York's only purely postgraduate college and a hub for postgraduate activity on Campus West. Wentworth has well around 4,000 college members, a large proportion of whom live off-campus. To find out more about life as a postgraduate student, get in touch with our friends at the Graduate Student Association!

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