1. At York, the environment comes first
What I noticed during my degree is that besides other key areas, the University of York is trying to engage and promote sustainable actions. For example, during the pandemic, they have organised the Great York Walk. This was an opportunity for students to raise money for mental health services in the easiest and the most eco-friendly way possible: by walking as much as they could!
By using the same approach, the Church Lane building has an eco-friendly and bright architecture which improves the levels of calmness and concentration. The building is mainly constructed using wood, with small greenery areas which give you a boost, especially during seminars.
2. Study informally
There is a diverse range of features that the Church Lane building offers. There are lecture theatres and classrooms where your seminars or workshops might take place. Also, there are many shared and individual spaces you could use if you want to finish some work. The refreshing atmosphere makes it the perfect place to stay focused on your work. Moreover, the communal spaces give you the opportunity to study along with a friend or to hold group meetings for different group projects.
So, if you did not manage to book a space at the library in time (we all forget sometimes) or if you just need a break from the formal academic environment, this building would definitely end up on your top list for study places.
3. Right in the middle of the map
Do you have seminars in Campus West, but all your friends live in Campus East? Do you like to walk everywhere, but still have not found the right ‘resting point’? Or are you struggling with time management and end up turning late because you went home for lunch? If so, this is the venue that will solve your issues. The Church Lane building is exactly in the middle between the two campuses. Thus, it makes navigation and attending meetings much easier and even less stressful!
4. Keep connecting
As the building represents the joint approach between the Management School and the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, it inspires the idea of connection and engagement. You will have the chance to meet, work, and create friendships with people that you might not have interacted with otherwise.
On the other side, not a people person? Nothing to worry about! Most classes finish after around 4-5pm, and then you will have a quiet study space for yourself.
5. Healthy mind, happy students
The café is another key component of the Church Lane building. It provides one of the most diverse ranges of food within the campus, from waffle bubbles to bao buns, traditional toasties or even nourishing salads. Whether you want to try something more traditional or choose a meal from other cultures, the menu is full of choices.
Also, the drinking menu is based on the same sustainable principles. For coffees or teas, different alternatives for milk (almond, oat, and soya) are available. Moreover, there is a discount if you bring your cup through the YORCUP scheme. You buy a YORCUP and your first drink is free while your future drinks have a 20p discount. Less single-use plastic and saving money, it is a win-win situation!
The variety of seating in the cafe means that you can choose a cosy booth during freezing winter days or enjoy the sunshine in the outside area.