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York St John University

York St John was established in 1841 as York Diocesan College for men and later added a college for women in 1846 before the women’s college relocated to Ripon. The two colleges merged in 1974 to form the College of Ripon and York St John before becoming York St John university in 2006. The university had 6620 students as of 2018 with 790 of these being postgraduates.

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York St John University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the York St John University.

  • Rankings

    York St John currently holds the 78th spot in the Guardian University Guide 2024.

  • Employability

    York St John graduates are very employable with 97% of graduates already employed or in further education only 6 months after graduation.

  • Fees

    Fees for UK students are £9250 a year for UK students. Fees for international undergraduates are £11,500 per year full-time per year for Foundation, BA, BSc, PGCE and UG health degrees (2024/2025 Admission Rate). More information can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    York St John offers a number of scholarships, for example the International Scholarship and Sanctuary Scholarship as well as Bursaries for Care Givers, Single Parents and Adult Learners. The full range of scholarships can be found here.


York St John guarantees accommodation for all UK, EU and international first years who meet the application deadlines. There are eight different accommodation venues listed with up to three different style of room for each. Nearly every room available can be altered to suit accessibility needs and for more non university owned accommodation, AFS can provide other options.

Students' Union

A tight knit students union enhances the community feel on campus and represents all students through the Chairs of School and Liberation Officers. With over 50 clubs and societies, including E-Sports, the York St John student union throws great events such as their ‘legendary Archies Day’.

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Famous for

York St John university has produced notable alumni such as Scarlett Moffatt, Edward Jarvis and Tom Danby.


York St John recently announced plants to launch an Institute of Social Justice specifically aimed at tackling social, economic and environmental challenges in our current society.

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