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Living and learning

Join a thriving graduate community with everything you need to make the most of your time here. Our beautiful, green campus offers outstanding study spaces, university accommodation, cafés, a health centre, a nursery, sports facilities and an extensive library.

More than 20,735 students representing 150+ countries

Nearly 5,468 staff committed to proving an outstanding student experience

A dedicated student support team

A beautiful green campus within walking distance of the city centre

Outstanding facilities

  • Some of our recent investments include state-of-the art teaching and research buildings, and facilities for our Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Environment
  • Our 24/7 library includes dedicated postgraduate areas and over 1,200 study places with flexible options for single or group study, in quiet areas or social learning spaces
  • Our extensive library collections are housed in locations on campus and in the city centre. Also, the British Library Document Supply Centre ( at Boston Spa is just 15 miles from York
  • On campus, our stunning facilities at the Ron Cooke Hub include 24-hour access to study desks, pods and a collaborative study space.

Campus life

Our main campus is divided into two areas - Campus East and Campus West - and is located just outside the city centre. In the heart of the city, we have two historic locations: King's Manor and the Guildhall. Getting around is easy on foot or by bike, and you can also use fast and frequent bus services. It's free to travel between Campus East and West and you can currently get a day of unlimited travel around York for £4.

Visit our campus

Entertainment and culture

On campus, there is a choice of concerts, films and plays, and you can join one of our many student societies. You might also be interested in our Open Lecture series and TED-style YorkTalks event. You can also keep fit and healthy while you study in our flagship sport and fitness facilities.

Your home at York


We offer an excellent range of accommodation for postgraduates, on or close to campus. Our graduate-only college, Wentworth, is a centre of postgraduate activity on Campus West. We also offer postgraduate accommodation in our other colleges across campus. There is also a wide selection of private sector housing available within walking distance of the University.

University accommodation

City life

York city centre is just a stone's throw away from our beautiful campus. Explore the winding medieval streets, museums, cosy pubs and cafes, and of course, the iconic York Minster.

York city guide

York is my home far away from home, it feels really peaceful to me. I can walk back from the train station to my apartment at night feeling perfectly safe. The famous tourist sites in the city appeal to people from all over the world and you'll meet people from lots of other countries through University activities, which promote a sense of belonging.

Robson, MA Public Administration and Public Policy

Students with families

York is one of the UK’s safest cities, with excellent amenities and a great range of schools, including four schools within walking distance of campus. The city offers a variety of childcare options and there is also a campus nursery and an on-campus health centre.

How we can support you and your family

Graduate community

As a postgraduate student you'll have access to the activities and support services provided by our student union.


Our graduate-only college, Wentworth, provides a base for postgraduate students with dedicated social spaces on campus and Wentworth Online, an online community for our distance learners.

Find out more about college life

Our international community

International students form an integral part of our campus community, with nearly half of our postgraduate students coming from overseas. We’re committed to ensuring you receive the very best support from the moment you inquire about studying with us, right through to the end of your course and beyond.


Sustainability is key to our values at York. We generate heat and electricity on campus, and source renewable resources from the National Grid. Our annual One Planet Week celebrates sustainability research and work that we complete at the University.

Your support network

We offer a network of support services designed to give you easy access to help and advice if you need it.

This range of support includes an academic supervisor, health services, and specialist advisers who you can talk to about housing, finances, childcare, and your health and wellbeing.

Find out more about our support services

York is a lovely, peaceful and pretty place to live. When the Sunday Times awarded York as the best city to live in in 2018, I was so proud of it and have never regretted choosing York as my home in the UK. The historical city walls, the Viking-oriented atmosphere inside the Jorvik Museum and the grand ambience and architecture of York Minster are my top highlights of the city.

Gracia, postgraduate Politics student