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University lake and Central Hall. Credit: Matt Grum

Life on campus

Life for all of our students is centred at Heslington on the edge of the historic city of York, where our colleges are set in an attractive landscaped campus. It is compact, easy to get around, and has a safe, friendly atmosphere.

The campus offers a wealth of facilities, with bars, shops, a sports centre, tennis and squash courts, a health centre, theatres and concert halls all within easy walking distance. It is well connected, criss-crossed with an excellent network of cycle paths.

There is a fast, frequent bus service to the city centre and our smaller central site, the beautiful medieval King's Manor.

The Students' Union offers you the opportunity to get involved in a fantastic range of activities

More than just a degree

Student life is more than just studying for a degree. Taking part in clubs and societies and taking part in college life will equip you with the key skills employers look for. At York we aim to give you an unrivalled experience – you just need to take part in what is on offer.

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Investment in the future

Since 2000, we have invested in 20 new buildings on the existing Heslington West campus and completed the first phase of a £750m campus expansion at Heslington East.

For York students our investment has meant major improvements to existing academic buildings and the construction of new ones.