Well-being

Here is our guide to keeping happy and healthy in your first year at University

You’ve just arrived in York, and after a week of Freshers, we can’t guarantee that you’ll be feeling as fresh as a daisy, so here is our guide to keeping happy and healthy in your first year at University.

Obviously, it’s unlikely you’ll be doing yoga three times a week and eating lentils, cheesy chips and ballooning so that when you get home at Christmas, and your mum says “you look… healthy, darling” is all part of the experience, but a spot of Zumba every now and then might just keep you going through those long winter months.

1. Join the University gym.

The gym will be newly opened for the beginning of this academic year on Heslington East campus. The facilities are fantastic, and will include, an eight-lane swimming pool, fitness suite, spa, fitness classes, and an Astroturf. Monthly student membership to the village is £29, with the first two months free. The pre-opening offer is £23.95, but check out what’s on offer here: www.york-sport.com

2. Ladies, if you need a salon, for prepping and preening, then don’t worry about breaking the bank at a hotel spa for a wax, head to these reliably good and cheap spots:

– Heloise Hair and Beauty, 50 Micklegate, (01904 629 900),
– Lanamiche, 16 Little Stonegate, (01904 659 965),
– Belleza Beauty, 2a Coney Street, (01904 620050)

3. If the onslaught of freshers to the huge Morrison’s at Foss Islands has overwhelmed you somewhat, then fear not, there are places you can buy food other than bacon and beer.

– Alligator Wholefoods in Fulford and Tullivers health food shop on Colliergate do a great selection of wholefoods, gluten free, herbs and food supplements.

4. Bikes.

Moving yourself around on two wheels is a great way to start the student experience. It is cheap; you don’t have to pay for parking; you don’t have to wait for a bus or waste money on bus tickets. You get fit and you don’t have to schlep your shopping home. It only takes about ten minutes to cycle to town from campus via a flat and direct cycle route, and generally, the city centre is a very safe place to leave your bike properly chained up.

The York University Unibikes programme run by ‘Get Cycling’ is a fantastic way to get you started. You can buy a fully equipped bike for £155 with free checkups with the Bike Doctor monthly sessions on campus and free coaching. They also let you sell the bike back at the end of the year for £50.

At the beginning of term, there will be various points around campus where you can get your bike scanned and chipped by the police so that if it is stolen, they can locate and identify the bike. The chip is invisible to the eye.

Other cycle shops:
– Cycle Heaven is a great bike shop on 13-15 Lord Mayor’s Walk
– Opposite Aviva under Lendal Bridge is the Bike Rescue Project, which is great for taking an old vintage to for a full MOT. You can also buy second-hand refurbished bikes here for very reasonable prices.
Dawescycles.com offers some of the best new vintage bikes on the market.

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