University of York

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.5 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"There are plenty of study spaces and lots of social spaces."
"The campus is very pretty, especially in the summer. The walk into town is about 25 mins and the centre is great with many cool bars and coffee shops."
"The location is fantastic. It's not too close to York city centre that it interferes with study, but it's close enough for a visit whenever. The buses are regular and the drivers are friendly. There's a range of accommodation, all of which is well kitted out for students. The facilities are great. The only downside of everything mentioned is the price, York is an expensive university."
"There's a good campus feel with excellent facilities, but some accommodation is old."
"The university itself is a 10-minute bus journey away from the city centre, so it's very convenient for those who want to experience both a city and campus university. The library facilities are fantastic (my favourite by far is King's Manor) and the main three libraries on campus have different 'zones' to work in including a quiet zone for independent study and a buzz zone for group work etc. The gym is great (although perhaps a little dear), as is the accommodation. There are a load of options to choose from based on how much you want to spend and the quality of the room. There are many societies at the university and there is always something going on, whether it's being hosted by the college, the student's union or a department. I don't think I've ever walked around campus and not seen something advertised."
"It's an excellent city, student accommodation is very close to the university and we have good café facilities."


"The city is fantastic. There is always something going on from a chocolate festival to a literacy festival to Illuminating York. The campus is mostly well maintained and the modern buildings are good. King's Manor is an amazing place to study in. Most of the accommodation is ok but the blocks owned by UPP aren't as well kept as the others. For example, when we asked for replacement furniture they gave us second hand stuff."
"York is a great tourist attraction and very pretty, with good access around the north and just over two hours on the train to London. There's a good college community linked to accommodation but poor focus on sport facilities such as rugby pitches. There are good campus bars with good prices as well as an amazing library."
"The campus is very large with a good variety of bars, restaurants and shops. The gym is really new and amazing. The accommodation is very close to the library, which I really enjoyed. The city of York is amazing, safe and has great things to do."
"It is a campus-based university and the two campuses are very close together. The university's gyms, accommodation, study spaces, library, campus bars/cafes/restaurants and lecture rooms are all within a 15-minute walk from each other. There's a free bus that connects the two campuses and town is around a 20-minute walk or 10-minute bus/car journey away from the university. The city is quite small compared to places like Manchester and London but big enough to not be boring; there are numerous bars, restaurants, tea rooms, historical sights, museums and nightclubs to explore. The student accommodation varies, there are a range of rooms depending on the price you would like to pay. Some accommodation is quite old-fashioned while rooms in newer colleges are more modern and, I think, nicer to live in."
"The accommodation is of an alright quality but overpriced. The library is always full but the city is interesting with good nightlife opportunities."
"York as a city is honestly amazing, it's beautiful and the locals are lovely. There are many library spaces, though they could do with more during the revision period. Student accommodation on the Heslington West campus isn't very nice but Heslington East isn't too bad."
"The location of my university is close to town but far enough to maintain a campus life. This helps to create close bonds between students and faculty members."
"Campus is good. Instead of having one big SU building we have bars and JCRs all around campus, which is nice. The library is really good and open 24/7. The city of York is absolutely fantastic as well as being beautiful and it has a huge number of places to eat and drink as well as lots of bars, pubs and clubs."
"It's such a well connected city that it's super easy to get pretty much anywhere by train. Busses are regular and run 24 hours between the station/town and campus. Student accommodation, in my experience, has always been pleasant and clean with an en-suite."
"The campus is quite near to the town centre, which is quite handy. However, some of the accommodation isn't up to a high standard, in my opinion. Some accommodation, including the one I lived in, hasn't been refurbished since it was built in the 60s."

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