With its Roman beginnings and medieval trimmings – York may be old, but this vibrant city still knows how to have a good time.
Colossal stained glass windows and 600 years of history – the York Minster is the city's crowning glory.
City life – second year student at University of York
'If you do come to York then invest in a bike. Walking around everywhere is fine and easy to do, but a bike is quicker and York is a bike-friendly place with lots of places to lock-up and cycle lanes on the roads.'
From Shakespeare and Fringe theatre, to gardening and food, York has more festivals than any other city in the UK.
Nightlife – first year student at University of York, 2017
'Places like Dusk put on alternative small gigs and live music if you aren't big into general club nights which would be kuda, revs, society, fibbers.'
Majestic medieval walls enclose the city's spider web of streets.
Student life in York
Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
Fresh, healthy, and cheap as chickpeas – fill up on humous'n'pitta at Humpit
Like clubbing? Like £1 Jagerbombs? You'll like Society nightclub
Pop to Spring Espresso for a posh bacon sarnie and freshly brewed coffee
When family visit
Wander through Victorian streets at the York Castle Museum
Grab a bite
Fancy large cod with chips 'n' scraps? Head to The Sea Catcher
York is full of history, there are many manor houses and ancient sites to see
Jorvik Viking Centre
A 'must see' for anyone visiting York, The Jorvik Centre will give you a true Viking experience.
Nightlife – firstyear student at the University of York, 2017
'If you get on the guest list you can get in to Fibbers, Salvo, Kuda, Revs and Duchess for under a fiver, then drinks are usually pretty cheap.'
A medieval street in the centre of York. It's one of Europe's most visited streets, and it's no suprise – it's full of history and is said to be the inspiration behind Harry Potter's Diagon Alley.
First year student at University of York, 2017
'There is an estate agent on campus that deals exclusively with helping student accomodation. It is called adam Bennett. They are located on campus and run an excellent service.'
National Railway Museum
Head over to the National Railway Museum to see some classic locomotives in all their glory.
Third year student at York University, 2017
'There is a surplus of student housing in York, but if you have a large group or want a nice house in a good location it's good to start looking at the end of Autumn term as the best houses (obviously) get snapped up quickly.'
For all the chocolate lovers out there, pay Chocolate Story a visit to discover everything you need to know about the nation's favourite sweet treat.
- York FirstWeek
Where you'll find students*
- Hull Road
- Lawrence Street
*Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.
Student money tips
Budget supermarkets are your life! Weekly shops are as cheap as chips.
The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.
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