York St John University


Overall ranking: 99th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Born of a merger in 1975 between St John's College, York, and The College, Ripon, St John's first incarnation was in York in 1841, as the Church Training College for teachers. It was granted taught degree awarding powers in 2005 and university status in 2006.

Address: Lord Mayor's Walk, York.

Ambience: One of the country's newest universities - officially recognised in October 2006. The campus is an eight-acre site built around a quadrangle, situated in the heart of York, just outside the medieval city walls. Spectacular views of York Minster.

Who's the boss? Professor David Fleming, former deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Sunderland, is vice-chancellor.

Prospectus: 01904 876 598 or order one online here.

UCAS code: Y75

What you need to know

Easy to get into? You need 260 UCAS points for film and television production and for occupational therapy, and 300 for physiotherapy. For most other degrees you'll need at least 200 points.

Vital statistics: Medium-sized institution with nearly 6,500 students studying degrees and other courses in teacher training, creative and performing arts, health and humanities. Popular subjects are sport, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, teaching, film and television. Large education department. Male to female ratio is around 1:3.

Added value: Millions have recently been invested in new buildings and in revamping its ivy-clad historic structures, providing disabled access. A new learning centre (a wired-up library that houses the Yorkshire Film Archive) and a sports science, psychology and health building both opened in September 2003. De Grey Court, a new £15.5m development, was completed in Autumn 2008 along with new self-catered student accommodation. York has many pubs, restaurants, theatres, galleries and an arts centre within easy access to the campus.

Teaching: 36th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 117th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise..

Graduate prospects: 111th out of 124 with 51.5 per cent finding graduate level employment after completing their degrees.

Any accommodation? Yes. Most first years who want to live in halls of residence usually get a place. Rent ranges from £3,921 to £6,934.40 per year. See here for a more detailed breakdown.

Cheap to live there? About average. Private sector rents are around £70 to £80 per week in York.

Transport links: Good- only two hours to London by train. York is also easily accessible by rail from other cities including Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Within York, the best way to get around is by foot or by bike.

Fees: £9,000 per year for full-time UK and EU undergraduates. International students pay the same for most courses.

Bursaries: Fee waivers of up to £3,000 per year are available for students from low income families. Partakes in the National Scholarship Programme. See here for more information.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: A well-developed students' union means there’s plenty of entertainment for everybody. Venues for live bands and a variety of club nights are also found in York. Try Fibbers, The Duchess and Ziggy's.

Price of a pint: Around £3 on average, but Sam Smith's pubs offer pints from closer to the £2 mark.

Sporting reputation: Not the bottom of the table, but far from the top- 100th out of 148 universities and colleges in the 2012/13 BUCS league.

Notable societies: Aikido Club, to learn an unusual form of martial art, The Saint student magazine and even a new Tiddlywinks society with a city-wide tournament.

Glittering alumni: Geoff Cooke and Peter Squires, former England rugby internationals.

Alternative prospectus: Visit The Student Room to chat with fellow prospective students and put questions to current York St John attendees.

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