Askham Bryan College

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the name Askham is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon “Asch” meaning an ash tree and “ham”, a homestead. Anglo-Saxon England was an agricultural society, with the population living in self-supporting villages. At some point a family or group of famers cleared sufficient land in Askham Bryan to grow their arable crops (c. 480-960 acres).

Askham Bryan College is one of the UK's foremost land-based colleges and provides education and training at all levels from introductory courses for school leavers right up to honours degrees.

The college, previously Yorkshire Institute of Agriculture, was founded in 1948 and is host to over 4,000 students.

Askham Bryan College's main residential campus is set in 174 acres of breathtaking Yorkshire countryside 4 miles from the historic city of York. Facilities include:

  • commercial farm
  • horticultural unit
  • gym
  • equestrian centre
  • mini golf course
  • bowling green
  • tennis courts
  • sports pitches
  • squash court
  • sports hall
  • bar
  • woodlands
  • lake

The Askham Bryan College offers an extensive variety of quality land and farming based educational programmes, coupled with a charming rural campus location and excellent sporting and social facilities.

The college's Learning Resource Centre houses over 30,000 books and pamphlets for both loan and reference purposes and open access computing facilities.


Programs Location
Sport (Outdoor and Adventure) York

Student lifestyle

Make your time with us the best years of your education. There’s always something happening on at Askham Bryan College. Take part in personal fitness sessions or join our clubs and societies. You can enjoy free bus trips out to bowling, shopping, or to the cinema and our specialised trips such as ice skating, culture tours of York and of the local sporting facilities are all organised by the Student Experience Team and run by the College Wardens.

The student experience is a big part of college life. We encourage you to get involved and be part of our college community. Joining sports and societies is a great way to enhance your skills, ideal for building your CV and above all, meet new people and grow in confidence. You might even want to think about applying to be on the SU Committee. Elections will be held at the beginning of the Academic Year. Learn more by talking with our Student Union Team.


Living at our York Campus puts you right at the heart of college life. There is a good option of rooms: some with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, some en-suite rooms with a shared snack kitchen and a small number of self-catering rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

Standard Halls with Shared Facilities

Each block contains 10 single study bedrooms with a wash hand basin in each room and shared bathroom facilities including showers, toilets and wash hand basins on the ground floor; there is also a separate toilet on the first floor. There is a snack kitchen which includes a fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave and a table and chairs. These blocks can be used for over or under eighteen year olds and will be split depending on the number of applicants we have (over and under 18’s will always be accommodated separately).

En Suite Halls

Each block contains 63 single study bedrooms with en suite facilities. There are three rooms on the ground floor of each block specifically designed for students with disabilities; we ask that you identify any support you may need on your application. There is a snack kitchen on each floor which has kettles, toasters, a fridge, a freezer and a microwave and a table and chairs. There is also a communal lounge on each floor with TV and sofas, an excellent place to relax and chat to friends. These rooms are offered on a catered basis only.


Askham Bryan College

Askham Fields Lane
YO23 3FR York
United Kingdom

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