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York St John University descends from two Anglican teacher training colleges, which were founded in York in 1841 (for men) and 1846 (for women). It was awarded university status in 2006 and is located on a single campus in the historic city of York. It currently has around 6,000 students enrolled.
As a result of the University’s continuing religious and teaching traditions, theology, nursing, life sciences and education are the most popular and well known subjects. The Faculty of Arts performs well nationally and was recently awarded national centre for excellence status in creativity. The campus itself has recently finished a £91 million investment with further works planned.
Airport collections are available, with an international welcome programme running before the beginning of term. The International Office can offer advice with visas and immigration. York St John offers English support on a range of different levels and at different times, including pre-sessional courses, weekly conversation classes and in-sessional programmes. In addition, the Student Union runs Global Friends, a society which brings international and British students together to encourage friendship.
York St John offers a guarantee of accommodation in University residence to all first year students. Accommodation of various types is available at a number of sites across the city, all within a 20 minute walk. Most rooms are single study bedrooms with shared kitchen and bathing facilities but a number of en suite single study bedrooms are also available. The Accommodation Team run a Landlords' Event for any students looking to live in private rented accommodation.
The University is located on a large urban campus in the centre of the northern city of York. Founded by the Romans in 71 AD, York remains the religious capital of the North of England, being the seat of one of Britain’s two archbishops and the impressive York Minster cathedral. It features a wide variety of architecture dating back to the original Roman city walls in some parts.
It is a city of culture, with numerous theatres and concert halls, as well as small independent cinemas and restaurants. According to legend there are 365 pubs in the city alone, with bigger nightclubs to be found in nearby cities such as Newcastle and Birmingham.
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