Introducing U to UCAB

Welcome to University Centre Askham Bryan, we’re delighted that you decided to study with us or even if you’re just thinking about coming this page will be a useful resource for you to get to know what’s on offer at UCAB York.

Have a browse of our Bloggers Section for tips and hints on how to navigate your university experience in York, take a virtual tour of the campus, see the latest news from the college or even get to know your Student Union by engaging with their official Facebook page, it’s all here!


Things to do in York

Clubs & societies

Freshers week (Details coming soon!)

Food & Drink

“We’re a close knit community at University Centre Askham Bryan and we make sure you can get the best out of York”

Joe Hargreaves-Lee

Joe Hargreaves-Lee

Student Union President

The term university can sound daunting, especially when it’s a long way from home, but here at University Centre Askham Bryan, the staff are always supportive and go the extra mile to ensure that you have not just the best education, but also the best experience whilst you are here.

From animals to agriculture, horses to horticulture. University Centre Askham Bryan offers something to suit everyone and provides great opportunities for students to interact with each other across the programmes.

The SU Team work exceptionally hard to run fantastic events, activities and clubs to make your student experience the best it possibly can be by offering a variety of trips, both on an evening and at weekends, new and exciting activities alongside fundraising and volunteering opportunities.

The Students’ Union Office is one of the friendliest places on campus, so pop in to meet the SU Team.

Things to do in York

An historically rich city, York is the perfect place to study, with two universities and two colleges there is a vibrant mix of activities for students to undertake, such as cinemas, music venues, clubs, shopping, museums, cafes and restaurants.

York benefits from being a relatively small city which has very good cycle routes, pathways and public transport but if you want to visit neighbouring cities there are also excellent rail links, with London just two hours away and Edinburgh just over two hours.

International travel is available from Leeds Bradford Airport, an hour away, or Manchester Airport.

By studying in York you are choosing to be in one of the most sought after places to live in the North of England. Being situated in the heart of Yorkshire, it allows you to expand your horizons and explore other sites, such as the stunning National Parks and the coast as well as other great towns and cities nearby.

Check out blogs written by our Blog Squad and browse some very useful tourism and review sites to get the local knowledge you’ll need to get off the beaten track and discover something new while you’re here.

Useful Webpages

Student Blogs about things to do

Clubs & Societies

Student experience is a big part of College life and being part of a sports team or society enhances our student’s experience even further – the more you get involved, the more you will benefit from the personal and social aspects of being a student at University Centre Askham Bryan, so here’s a run down of all the societies we’re running from September.















Other Sports:

Touch Rugby

Badminton Club

5-A-Side Football

Swimming Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Fishing Club



Trampolining Society


Clubs and Societies:

LGBT Society

Photography Club

Book Club

Mature Student Group

Student Rangers

Drama Society

Cooking Club

Debating Society

Food & Drink

York is the ultimate destination for foodies and those looking for a special culinary experience, with a huge range of dishes on offer from a wide variety of quality restaurants.

Discover independents which plough their own furrow and enjoy the thriving street food scene at the Shambles Market and Food Court.

When students land in September, they are just in time for the York Food and Drink Festival which fills the streets with delicious sights, smells and tastes for a full week.

Shop for foodie goodies, learn some culinary skills with cooking classes and chef demonstrations or embark on an Ale Trail – a walking tour around some of York’s best pubs.

Student Blogs about Food and Drink

Food and Drink on Campus

Located on site between the Animal Manaagement Building and Equine Yards, The Hive is a trendy Coffee bar offering food, Hot and Cold Drinks as well as food and patisseries.

A great place to meet and hang out between lectures and even grab a place for meetings and study groups.

Stocking Starbucks Coffee, a range of hot and cold food and healthy fruit, snacks and sandwich options the Coffee Yard located in the main building is a popular spot for students to grab a quick lunch or coffee while on campus.

The Campus Kitchen is UCAB’s main Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner option through the year. The kitchen serves up hot and cold breakfast options including tradtional English Breakfast and Continental options.

Lunchtime options include a range of healthy and fresh meals prepared on a daily basis as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The dining hall has ample seating both inside and outside in the courtyard.


Freshers Week

Full details of Freshers Week timetable coming  soon!

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277