Accommodation rents at York

Information about how accommodation prices are set by the University. 

How rents are set

When setting the rents at York, we take into account the charges made by other universities and private providers in the UK to ensure we offer a fair but competitive range of campus accommodation. The recommendations for rent prices are developed collaboratively by the University’s Rent Group which includes a wide range of representatives. York University Students’ Union (YUSU) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) are members of the group and provide a valued contribution to the discussion.

What’s included

Included in the rental price are all utility bills, wi-fi, communal cleaning, grounds keeping, and meals for catered accommodation. Being on campus also means students have to spend less on local transport, and can take advantage of free and subsidised bus services. The University chooses to invest funds in residential upgrade, maintenance and refurbishment on an ongoing basis.

Help with costs

The University works hard to keep the levels of rent on campus fair and affordable. Over the previous two academic years the rent was frozen for around 1,000 of our economy banded rooms, and the 2019/20 rent increase is aligned to inflation. In addition each year the University provides bursaries and financial assistance to eligible students. In the 2018/19 academic year more than 3,000 students received a £2,000 contribution towards their rent in University owned or managed accommodation and a £1,100 cash payment in their post-first year to help with private sector payments, around £4.8M in total.