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.
York is known for its history, with significant remains of its Roman and Viking past. Impressive architecture and historic buildings are scattered all over the city.
With its compact size and cobblestone streets, York is packed with atmospheric cafés, mouth-watering restaurants and independent shops. In a city filled with history, there's always something new for you to discover.
A foodie's heaven with over 200 pubs and restaurants
2,000 years of history to explore
Visit York 2023
Thriving nightlife voted best in the UK
Get Licensed study 2022
Feel right at home in one of the most welcoming cities
The city of York is just a swift bus ride or leisurely walk away from the University. With its variety of historical sites, eateries and plenty of open spaces, there’s always something to do. Whether it be visiting Cliffords Tower, having afternoon tea at Betty’s, or chilling out in the Minster Gardens. The city is a lively place to spend your time.
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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2nd best night out in the UK
The industry body Get Licensed have named York as the second best place in the UK for a night out (2023).
Purple Flag accreditation
The Association of Town and City Management have recognised York as a safe, entertaining and thriving destination after dark (2022).
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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