We hope this page will help you with your questions about everyday life here in York. Click on a topic below to jump to that section. More information can be found in the Student Handbook, and you are welcome to contact us if your questions are not answered.
What should I bring with me?
Our space is limited so you will have minimum storage space and will have to carry your luggage from the airport to the train station, so don’t over-pack!
Clothing. Weather in York may be more unpredictable than what you are used to at home. It is important to bring clothing for both warm and cold weather. Heavy coats can be acquired cheaply in charity/thrift shops to save you packing them.
Toiletries. You will need to supply these yourself and they can be bought in local supermarkets. Many brand names found in the USA are also available in the UK.
Electrical items. You can purchase travel plugs to allow you to plug in your electrical item. Remember: the UK uses 240V rather than 110V, so please check your item is dual voltage before you plug it in.
American curling irons and straightening irons generally do not work in the UK. Even with converters they usually always melt and blow the fuses, so it is best to purchase them in the UK. They generally cost approx £15-£20 ($25-$30).
Laptop and Mobile Devices. We don’t have any desktop computers available for student use so we encourage you to bring your own device. You will need to write papers and complete your Through the Bible Survey class which is on MP3.
School supplies. These may be purchased in York at comparable prices to the U.S.
Linens. Quilts and pillows will be provided. You will need to either bring or purchase a bottom single sheet, a quilt cover/duvet cover and pillowcase, and bath towels. These can all be purchased locally. Prices start at about £12 ($20USA) for the sheet, duvet cover, and pillowcase sets. Bath towels start at £1 ($1.50 USA). You can also buy your own pillow here if you want to.
Backpack. To carry books and other essentials.
Life on Campus
Housing. Students will be housed on our Bible College campus, sharing a bedroom with up to 4 other students. Each room will have a Dorm Steward or Intern who will help you with any questions. The storage space in the flats is limited. You will have a shared wardrobe, one drawer, and space under your bed, but that will be shared with your bunk mate. Please do not bring more than 1 suitcase. Your suitcase will be stored for you elsewhere on campus.
Food. You will buy and prepare your own food. A food allowance of £30 is distributed each week and, if budgeted carefully, can stretch to cover the cost of eating some meals out. Every flat has a shared kitchen with all kitchen equipment provided, including microwave, pots, pans, plates, dishes, glasses and cutlery.
Internet / Telephone. We have free wifi in the flats and also a phone in each flat that allow you to call USA for free. Other countries may be added at a later date.
Laundry. We have washing machines and driers at the school available to use at no charge. Each student will be allocated a weekly laundry time.
Life in York
We are situated within a 10 minute walk to York city centre. You can read more about York at the
Currency. The best way to obtain cash is using one of the many ATMs near the campus. The bank ATMs in England use the standard 4 digit pin number like the USA. Check with your local bank for information regarding ATM charges, as they can vary with “hidden” charges. You should tell your bank that you will be using your card in England so that they do not think it has been stolen.
Cash can also be exchanged locally at a competitive rate nearby stores or banks.
How can I contact my family and friends?
1. Mail. Mailing a letter to the States from here costs between £0.87 to £1.28 per letter depending on weight. You can receive mail at:
1 Barbican Road
Please ensure that the sender completes a customs slip stating the parcel is a gift, otherwise the parcel may be held up indefinitely in customs and you may be charged. You must ensure that the parcel will arrive after the start of the semester as the office is only manned during the semester.
2. Phone. Each flat has a telephone so that your family and friends can call you. You will be given the phone number when you are here. You will not be allowed to be pulled out of class to take phone calls. It is always best to arrange times for your family and friends to call so ensure you will be in to take their call.
3. Internet. The college provides free wifi.
Can I travel while here? There are no vacations in the semester and you are not allowed to miss classes, however we do encourage that you travel while you are here. You must first submit a completed Travel Voucher Request form at least 48 hours before you plan to travel. Please do not book trips, flights, train, etc before you have been given permission to travel.
Health Insurance. European Union students coming to York will normally be eligible to receive medical treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). Non-EU students coming to York will need health insurance because they do not qualify for free medical treatment under the NHS. You will need to organize health insurance before traveling here. You must have full health insurance that covers you for visits to doctors, medication that is prescribed for you, and all medical and hospital fees.
Prescription Medicine. If you are taking prescription medication you should either bring enough with you to last the semester or arrange for them to be mailed to you as you need. It may not be possible for you to obtain the specific prescription you need in a UK chemist due to different brands & suppliers. If you need a prescription from the doctors here, then there is a standard charge of approximately £8 per item. In certain circumstances you may be eligible for exemption from prescription charges; your doctor will be able to give you details. Prescribed medicines are only available from chemists’ (pharmacy), which are very common in York and are generally open from 09:00 to 17:30. Chemists’ also sell non-prescription medicines for minor ailments (headaches, coughs, etc.) and are happy to give advice.