I would definitely recommend this university to others. At other (unnamed) universities I felt like a number, but here I feel like a person, and not only that, but a respected, welcomed and well supported person.
YSJSU is really good, everyone is really open to each other and really helpful. The union offers lots of events ranging from Late Licences to Global Teas, and is representative of the whole student body
The halls where I lived last year were really nice, there was a great atmosphere. It was, however, a little pricey, but I think thats to be expected in a place like York. There is lots of student accomodation in York, which is rather nice.
My theology lecturers are BRILLIANT. If you ever have a problem or question they'll drop whatever they're doing and help to the best of their ability!
I love coming to York St Johns, and even though its had its lower points (ie. the odd bad apple lecturer,) on the whole it is a fantastic place to study. If you sit inside by yourself and get your head down, though, you won't get anything from it. So get out there and make the most of being a student, but just don't over do it... work hard, play hard, and enjoy! Oh, and if you are wanting to come into teaching, don't take it lightly. We started off our course with twice as many students as there are now. You REALLY have to think about if it's right for you, and if it suits the life style you want to have when you are older. You need to put A LOT of hours into it, I'm in my 3rd year and have hardly seen my friends this year (not just a York SJ thing, but a trainee teacher thing where ever you go!) Really think about whether its right for you, and be honest with yourself before you commit. If you do come here and something is wrong, make the most of the team who are available to help - they can sort you out. Overall, a great place to study and you really do make friends for life here.
The computers are quite good - there's plenty of them in the fountains learning centre, although there are often a lot of lessons going on so it can be a struggle to find a computer that's free sometimes. The library is great if you know what you're looking for, but make sure that you get those books early, otherwise you really do lose out!
Your lecturers really do make or break your time here. On my teaching course I've had some fantastic lecturers, my first year was brilliant, but, as is life, we've had our share of pants lecturers too. Just be organised and willing to be pushy and ask questions when you don't understand something and you'll get along fine.
I've found this course a slight let down, if I'm honest. At the time when I applied it was deemed one of the best places to come to train to be a teacher. I think that where ever you go, though, you will find it a bit different to how you imagined. They won't teach you "how" to teach here, so on placements you have to be confident and just go for it. They do teach you a lot about the mechanics of teaching (planning etc.) but it's up to you to put the work in. Get into good habbits when you come here (good note making, getting your work planned out and started early, getting library books early,) and you'll be fine.
The union building is fairly small, and in freshers week it can be cramped, but it's got everything you need - a bar, food, a shop, and loos! They organise quite a few events considering how small it is, but you won't benefit from them if you don't go, so its up to you to make the effort and join in!
I lived at Limes Court in my first year, which was about 20 to 25 minutes walk away, although they are lovely little houses and you get the internet. At the grange, in the houses you don't get the internet and they are a lot smaller, although your social life will be a lot better. The flats at the grange are nice and fairly spacious, and they get the internet. City residence is top knotch, but you don't get much of a social life there. I would reccomend The Grange flats as the best place to be, you get the close location, the internet, space, and a fantastic social life. On campus, the rooms are a bit dingy and although you get a great student experience, I think you really need to get out there and be somewhere where you do your own cooking and bond as a house hold!
York has a reputation for being sleepy... but I say that's rubbish! York is only sleepy if you want it to be. If you know where to go, and when to go there, take your best mates and you can have some of the best nights of your life. Okay so it's not Leeds or Manchester (but those are only a train ride away and there are early morning trains!) but York has a lot to offer and is seriously under estimated. Make the most of it! Go to the Gallery on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Toffs on Wednesday (I personally prefer the Gallery!) have your nights in on Fridays and Saturdays. Avoid places like Pitcher and Piano, and opt instead for Evil Eye (great cocktails,) Dusk (2 for 1 on cocktails on Thursdays,) and of course, the union!
There is a big focus on sports societies - Rugy and Netball have a big reputation for being the best, (and having the best socials to go with them!) I would love to see the societies have a wider range, reflecting those of bigger universities.
York St Johns has a good reputation, and if you work hard you get great reports from your tutors which really help you to fly. I would suggest for trainee teachers, joining in lots of things at least in your first year (something which I didn't bother to do,) as you get much more time than you realise, and it's a great way of making more friends. Be brave! It looks great on your CV, too. Yorkshire is a hard place to get teaching jobs, but I'd say that you'd have a better change going here.
The union is expansion. I recommend this uni the course is really good.
Really enjoyed the course! Excellent lecturers. My advice to new students is to start reading for your asssignments early.
I lived in halls in my first year. I stayed at the Grange and it was the best site for £60 a week.
Gallery and Toffs are the main clubs. Small friendly family feel in York.
Good sports facilities.
I am in the netball team.
No gigs but the have frequent themed nights at the union.
Be a teacher.
Student life is amazing! The quality could be improved though.
They organise lots of events but they are not always that great.
Lots of clubs/societies, but these are not publicised enough. I'm not a member of any.
I live in a cheap house which is falling apart but we do have fun.
The facilities are all pretty decent.
The course is very organised. No lectures in the 3rd year. Some leturers are really helpful, others are not so. Academic advice, don't mix your drinks!
York is good for bars but bad for clubs.
Maybe I will do my MA.
I would definitely recommend university to anyone considering it. Consider your course carefully, and by 3rd year, the work load is intense. York St John is a friendly uni, all the tutors recognise you and are approachable. The student life is the most enjoyable time I have ever had and I have made some of my best friends. Go to uni!
Doing teaching the course and lectures have been quite thorough, most courses have a few hours a week. Lectures are helpful, depending on personal need.
I lived at the Grange in 1st year and loved it, everyone chats to everyone and I recommend halls for 1st year. I have lived in the same student house in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year and prices are reasonable.
York is a bustling night out with many offers for students, different clubs have different nights for students and they get packed out!
Library is good for computers 24/7. Rooms/books are mostly always available. Bar is small but fun. Sports centre is really good, many programes.
There are many clubs and societies to suit all activities. I have been a member of the netball club and have thoroughly enjoyed it, sports and socially. I have made some amazing friends and have had some amazing experiences.
There are many events taking place throughout the uni every week to suit any taste, music, sports, live bands, nights out, annually organised dinners, balls and events.
Teaching-get a job-hopefully! A degree helps any job prospects but choose carefully to what job you are considering.