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Information for when in-York

The NSC is located in Quantum House, which is part of the science park area of the University of York. Use these tabs below to find out more about us, The University of York, The City of York and Beyond. 

Students registered on our short courses will be provided with further information from their leaders around 6 weeks prior to the start of their course via a dedicated google site.

Students on our Yorkcourse will be given induction information on arrival in York.

About York

About York

York has been an important political, cultural, religious and trading centre since it was founded by the Romans in AD 71. Later, Viking rulers like King Erik Bloodaxe called the city Jorvik, and made it their capital in the North-East of England.

In medieval times York was England’s second city, and it is still encircled today by its white stone walls with their impressive gateways, while the beautiful York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, towers over narrow streets full of buildings of historical and architectural interest which have changed little in 500 years.

I absolutely LOVE York!! It is one of the most beautiful cities I know. I love its historical atmosphere, the narrow streets, the old buildings, the shops, the cafes, and, of course, the pubs!

But York is also a modern city with good facilities for today's town-dweller. The city has cinemas, theatres, concert halls, shopping malls and exhibition centres, as well as some of the most notable museums in Britain, while the thriving central market place offers scenes of lively town life and many varieties of goods.

With a population of approximately 180,000, York is a university town that’s big enough to feel cosmopolitan but small enough not to be overwhelming.

The modern University of York, with its high international reputation, is about three kilometres from the city centre.

Further Information about York:


Teaching and Facilities at the NSC

Teaching on our short courses is provided by our five expert teaching staff, with support from some specialist associate staff. YorkCourse teaching is provided by two members of NSC staff each semester in addition to a colleague from the Department of English and Related Literature.

Most teaching takes place at the centre which is located on the ground floor of Quantum House on the edge of the main (Heslington West) University campus. You can find us on Google Maps by searching for Quantum House, YO10 5BR (or click here for directions). 

English is used at all times, and small group work is integral to the teaching and learning style in most sessions. You are therefore encouraged to participate as actively as possible at all times. 

The NSC has limited drinking and snack facilities, but there is a canteen five minutes’ walk away, and a van with drinks, snacks, sandwiches and some hot food visits the NSC every day around 1045. All of the University colleges have places to eat, and Park Central is nearby. 

The NSC building, University of York campus including accommodation blocks, and the city centre all have Wi-Fi (eduroam).

The University

The University

York is consistently ranked as one of the top ten universities in Britain and one of the top 100 in the world.

The University’s main campus is in Heslington, on the edge of the city. Here, colleges and departments are grouped around a large lake in 200 acres of landscaped parkland, creating a welcoming community feel.

The college system breaks the university into smaller units, making it easy to meet people and make friends.  York thus combines the advantages of a university large enough to provide a vibrant social and cultural environment with those of a smaller community able to be welcoming and friendly to its students.

As a visitor to the university you will be issued with a temporary University of York Computing account. This account allows you access to the university's online facilities (library catalogue, electronic journals etc.) as well as providing you with the ability to use any of the university's computer rooms.

In addition, numerous parts of the university -- including the NSC -- are Wi-Fi enabled meaning you can make use of your own laptops. For details of locations and setting up your computer please click here.

Travel in York

Travel in York

To get to the University campus, take the number 66 from the front of the railway station to the University (note you have to cross the road).  The NSC and Eden's Court are located on the Heslington West Campus, so you should get off the bus at Heslington Hall. You can catch the bus back into the city from here too.  The 66a also serves the University from Merchantgate in the City Centre (but it does not go to the Railway station). A single ticket costs £2.00.

Tickets can be purchased direct from the driver in cash (they give change) or by card. You might see a Yorkey card advertised which allows 20 trips for a discounted rate. These are only available with a full-time University of York student ID so please do NOT buy these as they might not be accepted.

If you plan to catch multiple buses each day, then you can get a First Day ticket from the driver (valid on all First York services) or an All York day ticket (all bus operators in York). You can purchase some of these tickets in advance online/via a mobile phone app with a small discount on regular prices.

For further details of bus services in and around York use the links below:



Some of our short courses include a visit to the theatre as part of the programme.  Where this is the case you will attend the theatre as a group and have a contextual lecture at the NSC beforehand. Your leaders will inform you of the cost and you should pay your institution for your ticket (and any necessary coach travel). If you are unable to attend the theatre experience you must inform your leader as soon as possible. Where the NSC can not recover costs, you will be liable to pay. 

Alternatively, you might like to arrange to go to the theatre by yourself one evening while in York.  Below are the links to local theatres so you can check what's on and find out information about ticketing etc.

York Theatre Royal 

Grand Opera House York

The following theatre is in Leeds, which is about 30 minutes away from York. Where a trip is part of your course programme, coach travel will be arranged for you and added to the cost of the ticket price.  Leeds is easy to reach by train.

West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds

Useful Numbers

Useful numbers

  • NSC Office (from Norway): 00 44 1904 323235 
    • In Emergencies Only: NSC Director (Home)   00 44 1904 414685  (Mobile) 0047 907 49 106
  • Local Police: 00 44 1904  618691.
    • Or to report a non-urgent crime (from UK):  101
  • Derwent College Porter:  00 44 1904 323500
  • Security (from campus phone):  3333 or 4444  

Beyond York

Beyond York

York is an excellent starting point for the study of many aspects of British life and culture. The large cities of London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh are all roughly two hours away by train, while the large industrial towns of Leeds and Bradford are even closer.

Also close at hand are the beautiful and sparsely populated Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, where the names of small towns and villages like Whitby and Kirkby Moorside remind the visitor of the intimate connections between Scandinavia and this part of Great Britain.