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 walk or cycle around.
With its compact size and cobblestone streets, York is packed with historic architecture, atmospheric cafés and independent shops. There's always something new for you to discover.
Packed with places to eat, drink and shop
Major attractions and hidden gems
Contemporary culture in creative venues
Festivals and events all year round
The city of York is easily accessible from campus. It’s full of historical attractions - for example students can visit York Minster for free. There are also many leisure attractions, as well as high street shops, pubs, restaurants and cocktail bars, and plenty of parks for going for a walk in. You’ll always find something to do in York.
Tania, second year
Let us give you a tour...
Mi Chelle, Ciya, Amy and Tania take you on a tour of the route from campus into the city and round the city centre (4 mins).
... or take one of your own!
If you've already downloaded our Visit UoY app, it also allows you to take a self-guided tour of the city centre, from home or in-person.
For more information see our FAQs page.
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The UK's best night out
Industry body, Get Licensed, have named York as the best place in the UK for a night out (2022).They also crowned York as the safest place in the UK for a night out (2022), with the city coming best in category when it came to revellers not being concerned about getting mugged, robbed or being a victim of hate crime and feeling safe to walk alone at night.
Are you an international student?
We know that you'll experience a warm welcome from the people of York - and before long you'll feel like one of the locals yourself (1 min).
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