Remember to arrange your travel to the UK so that you can attend your Welcome programme. 

Travelling to the UK

Winter break
If you are arriving at York during the winter break, please note that Administration Offices will reopen from Tuesday 3 January. Planned industrial action in the UK in December and January may lead to delays or changes to scheduled travel and transport options - consult your travel operator for the latest updates.

There are currently no restrictions on travelling to England from another country. Check the latest Government advice - see Travel to England from another country during coronavirus ( 

By air

Manchester Airport has the easiest onward connection to York, with a direct train running from Manchester Airport to York city centre. 

We may have a free airport collection service from Manchester Airport. Check availability and book your place prior to your arrival.

Manchester Airport collection service

Travelling to York from all UK airports

By train

Eurostar arrives in London at St. Pancras station. If you want to travel on to York by direct train, you will need to cross the road to King's Cross station.

By boat

The nearest port to York is Hull, about 45 miles away, or Liverpool, about 100 miles away. Ferries from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam dock daily at Hull. Arriving at a port on the south coast of England requires a lengthy overland journey.

Getting to York from within the UK

By train

Buying train tickets on the day of travel can be very expensive. Some train companies allow you to book in advance at a much cheaper rate and you can self-print your ticket or collect it at the train station. Find out more on the National Rail website.


By coach

Coaches run by National Express or Megabus are usually cheaper than trains, but will take significantly longer to reach destinations. Note any restrictions on the amount of baggage you can take with you.


By car

See maps and directions for road directions to campus.

Getting to campus

See our maps and directions for information on getting to campus, including travelling from York city centre.

Arriving on campus

Your room will only be available from the date shown in your offer of accommodation. Contact Accommodation Services if you do not receive an email before you leave your home country.

Accommodation Services can direct you if you’re not sure where to head to when you arrive on campus. Telephone +44 (0)1904 322165 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday (from 10am on Thursdays).

Campus map

Arriving out of hours

If you arrive out of hours, the Ron Cooke Hub is open 24 hours on Campus East and the Information Centre is open 24 hours on Campus West so there will always be someone to help. There are telephone help points at all college receptions for you to speak to someone if your college reception is unmanned when you arrive.

If you have any questions, queries or problems relating to your travel arrangements, please contact us through our support for international students web page.