If you are still not sure whether you should choose York to study Environmental Geography, don’t worry, I’m here to help you decide! I am a second-year Environmental Geographer and have been loving my time here so far.
When it came to choosing a university to go to I was always super indecisive. But I went to different open days and read student blogs to find out which one would be best suited to me. When I arrived on campus the first thing that stood out to me was the amount of greenery. This is still one of my favourite aspects of the campus. It means I can go on walks around campus whenever I need a breath of fresh air. The lake adds a lot to the campus, we have loads of ducks and geese here and you can buy food to feed them in Nisa (the campus supermarket). If you’re lucky you can also spot other wildlife on campus, like hedgehogs or bunnies! They tend to come out as night falls so the best time to spot the rabbits is coming home from a night out. If conservation is important to you there is also a society called “Hedgehogs on campus” which aims to protect the hedgehogs on campus.
The University of York offers fantastic opportunities to everyone. There are over 260 societies and sports clubs to choose from which means you’ll easily find likeminded people to get along with. Students also have the possibility to do a year abroad, a year in industry and amazing summer internships and courses. All of these make a huge difference when it comes to CVs and just life experiences. You can choose to learn a language by doing an LFA (languages for all) course. They offer either year-long courses for around 14 languages, ranging from French to Japanese and can cater to beginners as well as fluent speakers. However, if committing to a whole year of learning a language is a little too much for you, you can always choose one of the short courses that only last a term to get a feel for the language. There is also an amazing library on campus, open 24 hours a day. It’s great for last-minute assignments and study days.
The Environment and Geography department always feels really lively. During both my years here the staff has been super helpful. The department has also organised weekly seminars (remotely during the pandemic) on topics surrounding the environment. These are open to anyone in our department and are always very interesting. The environment building is also one of the newest built on campus west and looks amazing! It made it possible to bring together all the staff working in one building, researchers to work on new and exciting projects, and students to learn in the labs or in the classrooms.
One of my favourite things about going to UoY is living so close to York. York is such a nice city. It has an amazing history, the Minister is so pretty and walking along the walls is a really lovely way to see York from a different perspective. York is also really close to two National parks, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. They are both really nice and you will most likely visit them during field trips for your studies but you can also go in your own time if you need a little bit of fresh air.
I hope I helped you see all the good things about the University of York. See you soon in the Environment department.