This page deals with the process of finding accommodation for when you move on from college accommodation, for more information on your accommodation in Goodricke this year, please visit the York website.
Within a couple of weeks of being at university, you will most likely have heard rumours that if you don’t get your housing for next year sorted as quickly as humanly possible, you will end up with nowhere to live/no-one to live with! Fear not. This is a common myth, and a pretty scary one to have to deal with at any point in time, least of all when you’re only just settling into THIS year’s accommodation! The reality is far less dramatic and not something to be losing sleep over.
While it is of course great if you find yourself getting along brilliantly with your flat/housemates and thinking you would be happy to live with them again in subsequent years, this is not the case for a lot of people and neither is it a problem if your prospective housemates for next year aren’t immediately apparent to you.
Settling in to university life is, most often, a gradual process and you may well meet people on your course or in a society, for example, with whom you feel you have more in common, or feel more comfortable around.
In any case, we hold housemate-hunting events within Goodricke (and also university-wide) which begin in Term 2 and aim to bring together people who might be perfect potential housemates but who might not otherwise get the chance to meet.
Similarly, the idea of finding accommodation off-campus can be another source of stress even after deciding who you wish to live with. Again, the idea that you must rush to secure a property or risk them all being “snapped up” is an exaggeration which can cause people to worry unnecessarily and make an important decision without taking time to fully consider their options.
There are many properties available to students locally – both through local estate agents and the university-approved accommodation list (released in February of the academic year). In addition to these, there are often opportunities to find houses/additional housemates via the York Small Ads site and the dedicated Facebook group. Within Goodricke itself, there are usually a limited number of rooms available for second and third years who wish to continue living within the college.
We also provide Housing Contract Checking Workshops in conjunction with the Law Department which offer you the invaluable chance to learn what to look out for in a housing contract before you sign it. These will also begin during Term 2.
As ever, if you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!