At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at York.
York’s Orientation Week offers a wide variety of programming for all new and incoming students. It’s a great way for you to meet new people, discover resources on campus and learn all about your degree while making a smooth transition into university.
The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services hosts an Orientation Day for incoming Indigenous students.
Clubs and Societies
York is home to over 300 student clubs and organizations that fall under various categories including academic, advocacy, charitable, environmental, faith-based, hobby, political, professional and sports.
Aboriginal Learners’ Club
There are 2 Aboriginal student organizations on campus: Undergraduate students can join the Aboriginal Students’ Association at York (ASAY), and Aboriginal law students can join the Osgoode Indigenous Students’ Association (OISA).
York University has more than 36 student governing groups across all campuses. The York Federation of Students is the central undergraduate students’ union and represents more than 54,000 full- and part-time undergraduate students. The Graduate Students Association represents 6,100 full- and part-time graduate students.
York is home to the York Lions varsity sports that range from basketball, cross country and rugby, to hockey and wrestling. The Lions participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Find more information about varsity athletics at York, including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
York offers recreational sports and intramural leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include hockey, basketball and more. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Counselling and Disability Services
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Counselling and Disability Services (CDS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports that you can access, visit the CDS website.
Centre for Human Rights
The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) provides free services to current York students, faculty and staff. CHR strives to build a respectful, equitable, diverse and inclusive (REDI) community by advancing, promoting and upholding human rights at York in accordance with provincial human rights legislation and the University’s policies.
Students with children and families are part of the York community. Child care and day care services are provided by the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre and the York University Co-operative Daycare Centre on the Keele campus. Check out how you can apply to reserve a spot for your child.
York is committed to keeping its campus safe for everyone. York’s Security Services provides you with a number of safety resources around campus such as walk-home programs, emergency phones and crime prevention services.