Overall I really enjoyed my time here at YSJ. I loved everything about it and my tutors (BA Hons English Language and Linguistics) were fantastic. They were so helpful, replied to emails quickly, were helpful during tutorials and throughout lectures and seminars. They always seemed willing to help and really passionate about their specialisms.
Very good! I have decided to become and English as a Foreign Language teacher and the prospects are looking very good (however they are very poor if I were to stay in the UK).
Course and Lecturers
Very interesting and varied. Tutors love their subjects as it clearly shows through their lectures.
Can't comment so much. It's quite small, nothing much happens here.
I lived in City Resident and it was BAD. Very poor, my heating didn't work and my shower was terrible (very cold water and often it just trickled out and didn't work properly). Noone came to fix this problem and I froze throughout the winter. I later moved to Greys Wharf and it was great. Very nice, modern and clean.
Very good. Good computers/Macs, wifi across campus, and the Linguistics Lab is a God send for those who need some peace and quiet to listen to recordings (especially for phonetics and accents and dialects). However, the books were often a little lacking (there were online versions available, but not for all books) and often there were no available computers. There are, however, many computers spread across campus so you CAN find an available one if you're in desperate need.
Clubs and Societies
Really lacking. There isn't much choice here for clubs unless you are really into your sports. I, unfortunately, am not a sporty person, so didn't end up joining any clubs expect for the Language Society, which many people didn't seem to commit to going to each week anyway.
I went abroad for the 2nd year of my degree and loved every minute of it, although the support throughout that was lacking somewhat (each university seemed to say that it was the others' responsibility to do something/solve a problem).
Having said what you have said would you recommend your uni?
I LOVE YORK ST JOHN! it is way better than york uni and everyone is so nice! York is a great city to go out in, just be careful of the river! The careers service is really supportive and i love my course and everyone on it, it is small (about 40 people) so you get to know everyone too!
Organise your finances and know what you can afford. Also with regards to money, if you want a job, get handing out CVs the second you arrive. Within a week, other new students with the same idea have nabbed all the vacancies and if you want a good job in york you need to act quick or you will be left handing out flyers for nightclubs at 3am!
Massive epic end of the world club nights are just an excuse to charge you over £10 for entry to somewhere that is usually free or only a few pounds. The multiple venues do not mean anything as they will all be full, so realistically you can get into about 2 venues i personally suggest Kuda and Salvo!. The cheap drink deals are a myth with these nights
do not become trapped within your flat. All too often, people in a flat will just hang out with each other and not bother to move in wider circles, and after a few weeks a sort of cabin fever can ensue. You were put in a flat randomly with these other people, you can not be expected to get on and hang out with every single one. Try and make friends with people in other flats earlier on, before people get locked in their comfort zone