Student life in York

York is a historic city with first-class shopping, excellent transport links and impressive nightlife. One of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, it was named the safest city in the world in a 2015 Post Office Travel Insurance survey.


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Snow in the city of York

A city of ideas

York offers a spectacular range of cultural events, celebrating creativity in all its forms. The city is home to York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House, which put on world-class productions throughout the year. Other highlights include the Food and Drink Festival, Viking Festival, Science Week and the continental Christmas Market.

Students outside York cathedral

Living history

Experience York’s famous history by walking down its charming cobbled streets, with buildings that date back over 1,000 years. Visit York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe, and examine Roman artefacts and medieval treasures at the Yorkshire Museum.

Students in York city

Superb shopping

Some of the best shopping in the UK is found in York. There are over 2,000 stores, including major chains, designer shops, unique independent stores and organic food retailers. The hugely popular Shambles Market has everything from North African cuisine to vegan food, along with cosmetics and decorations from around the world.

York landscape

Great connections

Set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, living in York allows you to explore the rest of the UK and beyond. Trains reach London in less than two hours and Edinburgh in just two and a half. Airports in nearby Leeds, Bradford and Manchester offer direct flights to many destinations.

Yinglun UYIPC student

Yinglun from China

Student at the University of York

For me, York is the ideal place to live. It is large enough to have the conveniences of a city, yet small enough to retain its historic charm. I feel very safe and happy here.

University of York International College Student Francisca

Francisca from Chile

Student at the University of York

York is a great place to live. It’s a small city but you can find everything you could want including shops, restaurants and entertainment. There is a lot going on and the nightlife is great.

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