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Living in York
The University of York is set in the beautiful and historic city of York. There's lots of things to see and do and plenty of beautiful countryside on the doorstep!
Walking the old wall is a great way to get a bird’s-eye view of York and start figuring out where everything is. It goes all the way around the oldest part of the city in a big loop about 2 miles long, but if that’s a bit far for your first day out it’s broken into sections so you don’t have to tackle all of it at once. You can see almost all of the major landmarks from up there so take your time and get to know the place, then check it off your To Do list.
It's a great historic city, but don't be fooled into thinking there's nothing to do here. In terms of nightlife, if you like a well pulled pint then York is your town! For clubbers, Kuda and Tokyo do an excellent line in chart-topping tracks and cheesy floor-fillers, and if that’s not your style then bigger brother Leeds is only a half-hour train ride away.
The other big Must Do in York is The Shambles. These quaint and wonky old buildings used to be medieval butchers shops, but most of them now house friendlier things like cafes and boutiques. 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 £andwich’ for a cheap and cheerful sarnie), to classier gift shops and coffee rooms that will impress your mum when she comes to visit.
Finally, and on a slightly creepier note, if you must go round the back of the Castle Museum by the river, Beware The Geese. You think we’re joking? Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Food and Drink:
- The House of Trembling Madness: This Olde Worlde-style pub serves hearty food as long as it’s open and stocks more real ales than you could shake a very long stick at.
- Evil Eye: Indo-Chinese meals, with a wicked lineup of cocktails.
- Harpers of Wetwang: Fish and chips, nice and simple. Yes Wetwang is a real place. We hope…
Good to know:
- Taxi company: Ebor Cars.
- The Unibus #44 and First York #4 buses run between the town and campus at regular intervals. A return ticket for either should cost around £2.
Read York Reviews
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.
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.
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
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
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!!
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.