York is a lovely place, especially if you want a more relaxed uni experience

By Livinglavitaloca On 19th July 2020

Study in York

The University of York and York St John University are both set in the beautiful and historic city of York. 

 

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University of York

The University of York is known for its teaching and being a research-intensive university and it is part of the prestigious Russell Group. They have over 30 academic departments, with teaching at the university recognised with a gold rating from the Teaching Excellence Framework.

 

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York St John University

York St John University, based in the centre of the city, prides itself on having a close-knit community of students and staff. The universities academic schools include School of Arts, School of Education, Language and Psychology, School of Humanities, School of Science, Technology and Health and York Business School.

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York was named the best place to live in the North and North East England by The Sunday Times in 2019. It may be small in size but York is a lively and vibrant city with lots on offer for students. 

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27th January 2020

Expensive…

Expensive, but worth it!

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27th May 2020

Nights out are stupidly expensive…

Nights out are stupidly expensive- stay in or go to a pub if you want to save money.

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29th July 2015

Cost of living is also really good…

Cost of living is also really good and everything is close by due to York being quite a small city.

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15th July 2015

Can be expensive…

can be expensive but can be cheap if you find the right places!

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York is very well connected both by highway and by train. MAN airport is just 2 hours away and Leeds can be reached in half an hour. Leeds train station is connected to Leeds Bradford airport by bus.

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Aside from all the high street favourites which you can find in York, a ‘must do’ is The Shambles. These quaint and wonky old buildings used to be medieval butchers shops, but most of them now house friendlier things. Each shop is different from the next so there’s something for everybody here, from sandwich shops for a quick bite with mates (locals recommend ‘Mr Sandwich’ for a cheap and cheerful sarnie), quirky boutiques, gift shops, sweet shops, cafes and more.

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Live Music

York has a number of live music venues across the city, that have nights that cater for every musical taste. A couple of favourites spots are the Pheonix Inn for jazz, BANGARANG for ska or Irie Vibes Sound System at The Crescent for reggae, dancehall and dub. There’s also York Barbican which puts on nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. 

Festivals

All year round there are festivals to get involved with. York Festival of Ideas features world-class speakers, theatre, music and more all across the city. There’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival which celebrates independent film. Or for something totally different, head back in time and join in the fun at JORVIK Viking Festival a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage.

 

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Art

York Art Gallery showcases collections of paintings from the 14th Century through to contemporary prints, watercolours, drawings, and ceramics. Housed in a Grade II listed building it has undergone an £8 million redevelopment in recent years - it really is a must-see.

 

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Theatre and Cinema 

You can catch touring theatre performances, new writing and classics at two well-known establishments York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House. There is also plenty of cinema options across the city for your film fix.

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Abode 4.8 /5

The staff at abode are absolutely incredible and are always there to help when we need it. Although I have lived here through multiple lockdowns I hav...

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The Coal Yard 4.68 /5

Really enjoyed my stay at the coal yard for my first year at York st John university. It is close Morrisons and the gym so super convenient and Also o...

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The Boulevard 4.54 /5

I often visited my girlfriend here in York, the location is brilliant, very close to shops, the town center and University all within walking distance...

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Langwith College 4.39 /5

The only reason it went down in the first place is because of the strikes, it has nothing to do with the quality of the university or it’s facilities....

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Goodricke College 4.07 /5

Fantastic quality and extremely well managed! A little on the pricey side for self-catered but it's better than most other campus accommodation. Can g...

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James College 4.07 /5

Bang in the middle of campus, close to the library, the gym and the sports pitches. Great social atmosphere...

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St John Central 3.98 /5

I love this accommodation! It’s so close to the centre and really close to Morrison’s, B&M and ASDA. The rooms are great and the kitchen is lovely and...

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Derwent College 3.8 /5

Too expensive for the value it provides + had a sink in my room but no one ever mentioned the water is not drinkable + got a room in the stairway whic...

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Constantine is lush. It's brand new and just looks gorgeous. The ensuites are easily hotel standard and the comfort of the rooms is outstanding. The c...

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Vanbrugh College 3.71 /5

I live (and will be nex year in Donald Barron Court. Which along with Barbara Scott is dubbed ‘Vanbrugh Paradise’. And it is perfect. I’m 5 minutes f...

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York is a lovely place,...

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27th May 2020

Nights out are stupidly...

Nights out are stupidly expensive- stay in or go to a pub if you want to save money. Plenty of good food, would highly recommend the Taylor made kitchen down the shambles market, loads of amazing food for very little money. Lots of vegan options too, humpit is a great shout read more

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York is very well connected...

York is very well connected both by highway and by train. MAN airport is just 2 houres away and Leeds can be reached in half an houre. Leeds trainstation is connected to Leeds Bradford airport by bus. York is full of nice pubs, bars and restaurants so even after years there is still lots to be discovered. read more

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Expensive, but worth...

Expensive, but worth it! I absolutely love living here, and it makes plenty of people jealous who don't. The city is stunning, full of history and so much to do! The fact you can be a tourist in your own city is wonderful. There are so many eateries (both mainstream and independent) of a huge variety, and hundreds of quirky shops and cafe's to visit too. There is a night out to suit everyone here, though some can be very expensive on entry. Also, transport links are amazing! read more

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19th September 2019

I don't go for nights...

I don't go for nights out often but I have heard great things! York is beautiful and it seems very safe and everyone seems to be nice. However, the average shoppers at the local Morrisons have no problem walking straight into you and walking away with no apology. There are lovely people here, but then there are the snobby few. read more

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31st July 2015

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31st July 2015

Amazing!! York is the...

Amazing!! York is the place to be!! read more

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29th July 2015

Fantastic city despite...

Fantastic city despite not being the biggest it still has a wide variety of food places and clubs which will keep you entertained for the duration of your course! Cost of living is also really good and everything is close by due to York being quite a small city. read more

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29th July 2015

The best city!!!!!!!!!...

The best city!!!!!!!!! Just great. Beautiful, historic place with LOADS of independent businesses and weird n wonderful shops. Huge variety of places to eat, drink, and loads to do in general. Very good public transport and very cheap to live/get around compared to Southern cities. Varied, quirky nightlife with lots of cheap, studenty deals. Located in a great part of the world - easy to travel to Scarborough, Whitby, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh etc etc). Great atmosphere - not overwhelmingly studenty/touristy but a healthy dose of both, fantastic buskers and street-performers and the locals are lovely. read more

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29th July 2015

Lovely place to live...

Lovely place to live with very reasonable prices and lots to do for eating out, nights out and shopping with excellent bus links to and from the university. read more

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23rd July 2015

The third best city in...

The third best city in the UK in my opion. Edinburgh, London... York!! read more

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15th July 2015

can be expensive but...

can be expensive but can be cheap if you find the right places! plenty of places to eat, me and my flatmate were always trying new places read more

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13th July 2015

So full of stuff to do,...

So full of stuff to do, despite being such a small town read more

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4th July 2015

I've had a wonderful...

I've had a wonderful experience living away from home to the city of York. read more

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3rd July 2015

I think as cost of living...

I think as cost of living if you manage to use the markets and offers it will be ok! For eating out there is lots to chose from but I think the price makes it harder for students to do more eating out. However the city itself is lovely and it is really safe so I don't feel scared to walk at anyplace read more

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22nd June 2015

Fantastic nightlife,...

Fantastic nightlife, there's a student event on most nights! read more

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1st May 2015

really lovely city to...

really lovely city to live in. Good places to eat (especially when its 50% off on Mondays). Great places to drink (especially 2-4-1 cocktails) And and overall friendly city. read more

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1st May 2015

Lovely place to live....

Lovely place to live. Just not to safe during night time read more

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1st May 2015

Can find everything you...

Can find everything you need in the town perfect. Cost of living is high though bulls and rent pull you down. Always some sort of deal on for eating out which helps loads read more

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30th April 2015

York is a fantastic city,...

York is a fantastic city, for study, leisure and shopping. The city boasts some fantastic eating spots, a varied nightlife (stretching from "69p a drink" nightclubs to one of the finest cocktail bars in Yorkshire, Evil Eye) and good shopping areas. Public Transport around York is a little strained, and the medieval city is not really laid out to cope with the amount of traffic it now experiences. Having lived in York for the duration of my time at University, I can say with confidence that it is one of the most beautiful cities I have visited, and I am happy to call it a second home. Would I recommend studying and living here? Definitely! But be warned- it can be expensive, and you will probably need a part time job to top up your student loan. CR read more

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30th April 2015

York is blummin beautiful....

York is blummin beautiful. What a gorgeous city with amazing vibes. I'm proud to call this place my home. read more

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30th April 2015

Love living in York,...

Love living in York, expensive but worth it. Wouldn't want to live anywhere else read more

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30th April 2015

A great city, and a surprisingly...

A great city, and a surprisingly good night out...cheap drinks £1 jäger £2 doubles etc. read more

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30th April 2015

Such an amazing town...

Such an amazing town to live in but expensive for student life- high priced shops do not work on a student budget (in need of a primark). read more

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28th April 2015

Beautiful city, loads...

Beautiful city, loads going on and things to do. Massive tourist location and the city provides for that, there are so many things to do in town, but uni is just far enough away that you can escape the bustle while still only being a 10 min bus ride away. Will definitely continue living here long after uni finishes!! read more

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27th April 2015

Really good bus links...

Really good bus links around the area, particularly from the uni. Large selection of places to eat out, many of which are very nice. Very active nightlife but shopping could be improved. Also quite expensive cost of living for the north. read more

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27th April 2015

Day and night life is...

Day and night life is brilliant in York - so easy to find your way, amazing restaurants and great place to socialise with friends! read more

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