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Campus and city

We've got the best of both worlds - a green, parkland campus within walking distance of one of the UK's most iconic city centres.

York is regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK. With a population of 200,000, it’s big enough to feel lively and small enough to feel like home. York is also a family-friendly city with high-performing schools. There are festivals and events throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.

King's Manor and the Guildhall - our Grade I listed city-centre locations - provide an atmospheric setting in the heart of the action. Away from the crowds, our main campus is the perfect place in which to live and study, with outstanding teaching and research facilities.

2nd safest city

in the UK according to industry body, Get Licensed in their 2023 review.

200 acres of scenic parkland

on our green, landscaped campus

20,000+ students from 150+ countries

all part of our diverse, global community

2 lakes and a bird sanctuary

A wide range of wildlife and waterfowl

Let us give you a tour...

Postgraduate students, Haruna and Laura take you on a tour around campus and show you some of the facilities on offer at York (9 mins).

... or take one of your own!

Take a self-guided tour of our campus or the city with our new app - Visit UoY, with dedicated tours for postgraduates and international students. You can either visit us in-person and explore the campus for yourself, or get the campus tour experience from the comfort of your own home.

Google Play Store - get the app

Apple App Store - get the app

See our App guide for more information.

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Are you an international student?

We know that you'll experience a warm welcome from the people of York - and before long you'll be calling York home. Here is Xuanqi from China reciting a poem about York (1 min).

This video is in Chinese - make sure you put the subtitles on if you need them.

Watch on YouTube

Former international student Xuanqi (Management with Business Finance graduate, Constantine College) recites a poem about York

Research facilities

We're home to a large number of world-renowned research institutes, centres and facilities which promote specialist and interdisciplinary research across departments.

Explore our research facilities

Central Hall

Campus West

Campus West is an inspiring environment for you to study and live in. It's the original and largest area of campus, where lots of our departments, colleges and facilities are based. At the heart of campus is a large lake which hosts a variety of wildlife. 

On campus modern buildings rub shoulders with characterful 1960s architecture and the 16th-century historic Heslington Hall. Our Student Centre will be the newest addition, due to be completed in the next couple of years. This will be campus' central welcome point, with multi-function spaces including event and exhibition space, space for clubs and societies, and a roof garden. 

Ron Cooke Hub

Campus East

Campus East is a hub of creative activity, where you'll find our extensive media complex, modern teaching buildings and dedicated areas for collaboration. It's home to a number of departments and colleges, and excellent sporting and community facilities.

It's just a 20-minute walk, 10-minute cycle or e-scooter ride, or a quick and free bus ride away from Campus West.

York Art Gallery


Alongside idyllic green spaces and a vibrant nightlife, York is packed with historic architecture, atmospheric cafes and independent shops. The city boasts a thriving street food scene alongside high-quality restaurants.

Our city centre locations at King's Manor and the Guildhall place you in the heart of the action, where there's always something new for you to discover.

Purple Flag accreditation

The Association of Town and City Management have recognised York as a safe, entertaining and thriving destination after dark (2022).

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