Postgraduate Welcome Week


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Our biggest event of the year! To help you get settled into York and meeting lots of new friends, the Graduate Students’ Association and the University of York have teamed up to put on a week of social events, activities and welcome talks.


A wristband will be available to purchase with covers all our big events as well as discounts on our first trip and more discounts throughout the week! Wristbands will be £15 and will be available to purchase online at the start of September and collected when you arrive.


Monday 18th September

Welcome Party – 19:00 – 00:00 – £5 Entry / Free with Wristband

Pizza and snacks, arcade games, giant inflatables and beer pong – one big house party to welcome you to your new home!

Tuesday 19th September 

Postgraduate Induction Talk (mandatory) – 12:00 – 13:00 – Free

Your official welcome to the University of York including important information about University services and the GSA

Postgraduate Info Fair – 13:00 – 16:30 – Free

Your chance to meet local businesses, University services, student groups and more, plus free pizza! 

GRADFest – 19:00 – 00:00 – £5 / Free with wristband

Our biggest night of the year! One massive stage of local live music talent with fairground and food stalls and an unmissable thrill ride, the first of its kind on campus! 

Wednesday 20th September

College night – more info available soon

Thursday 21st September

City Centre Bar Crawl – 20:00 – late – £3 / Free with wristband

Start in the Shambles market for a wide range of drinks and street food followed by routes around York for all tastes, finishing off in one of York’s best clubs

Friday 22nd September 

Postgraduate Research Induction 10.00 – 12.00, Bowland Auditorium (in the Berrick Saul Building) – Free

Welcome from York Graduate Research School and introductions to key support services; current students talking about their research; alumni talking about their careers.
Followed by lunch and exhibitor stalls by additional internal and external services targeted at research students. 12.00-14.00, Harry Fairhurst Building (Library):

Speakeasy Swing night – 20:00 – 00:00 – £3 / Free with wristband

Feel free to dress up for our themed 1920’s night with a swing band, cocktails and casino.

Saturday 23rd September

Welcome Ceilidh – 20:00 – 23:00 – £3 / Free with wristband

A Welcome Week staple! Join us for some traditional Scottish dancing with a live band.

Sunday 24th September 

Comedy night  – 20:00 – 23:00 – £3 / Free with wristband

To finish off the week relax and watch some of York’s top comedy talent fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

As well as our big events, we have campus tours, city tours, coffee and cake afternoons, international socials, and a whole lot more to make sure your first week at York is one to remember.

A full detailed timetable will be available in September and a Welcome Week Guide will be provided with your Welcome pack in your accommodation on campus / Student Castle, at the Welcome Party on 18th September or at the Info Fair on 19th September.

Want to know what Welcome Week is like? Have a look at some of the photos from last year


Meet other new PG students coming to York by joining our official Facebook Group for new postgraduate students


Follow us on twitter @GSAYork

And on Snapchat: yorkgsa


If you have any questions about Welcome Week or starting at York, you can send an email to