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Life in York

The University


The University occupies a modern campus within easy walking or cycling distance of the centre of the city. The campus is on an imaginatively landscaped parkland site built around a lake, and the colleges, with their wide choice of bars and cafeterias, provide a living environment on a human scale, which encourages students, and staff, to mix beyond their subject boundaries.

Video on undergraduate life at the University

The City of York

York is one of the most historic and beautiful cities in Europe, with its famous Minster and attractive medieval streets. It is a British Heritage City and was voted Europe’s top international tourist destination in 2007.

Against the backdrop of some of the most stunning and picturesque architecture in the country, York has incorporated a stylish new dimension to life in the city. Cafés, restaurants, riverside bars and boutiques combine with theatres, galleries and clubs to offer a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere, as energetic and varied by night as it is by day.

Traditionally famous for railways and chocolate making, York has transformed into 'Science City'; with the University at its heart, it is now recognised internationally as a centre for scientific research and innovation, with over 240 biotech and other technology companies in and around the city.

Beyond York

York is situated halfway between London and Edinburgh, with fast intercity rail links reaching London in less than two hours, from where Eurostar provides fast links to the mainland European rail system. Manchester Airport is two hours away, and Heathrow just three and a half. Ferries from Hull and flights from nearby Leeds Bradford Airport also provide easy access to mainland Europe.

It is easy to explore the cities and other attractions of Yorkshire, whether the club life of Leeds or the spectacular scenery at the coast and on the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. If you like the outdoor life, Yorkshire offers boundless open countryside and a range of outdoor pursuits and sports activities: walking, climbing, mountain biking, caving and canoeing are all on the doorstep, and there are many student societies that you can join to get involved in these activities.