As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, and with over 50 years of outstanding academic achievement, the University of York is firmly established as one of the success stories in UK higher education. Life for York-based students is centred on 500 acres of landscaped campus just outside York’s historic city walls. The campus is divided into two areas, East and West, and has a safe, friendly atmosphere, which is served by a fast, frequent bus service to the city centre. It's easy to get around on foot or by using the city's excellent cycle routes. Situated halfway between Edinburgh and London, each some two hours away by train, York also has great links to national transport networks.
On campus you’ll find bars, shops, theatres, concert halls and first class sports facilities which include a swimming pool and health centre, all within easy walking distance. With boundless open countryside on the doorstep, outdoor pursuits and sports of all kinds beckon: walking, climbing, riding, mountain biking, caving and canoeing are just a few of York's attractions.
Whilst York’s remarkable buildings remain marvellously preserved, exciting contemporary developments are bringing a futuristic dimension to the ancient northern capital. You can wander among fascinating shops and picturesque streets in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic Minster; watch the world go by from numerous cafes, pubs, restaurants and riverside bars; pick from a huge menu of film, drama, art and music at York's cinema complexes, theatres, galleries, clubs or varied music venues. And for peace and quiet, you can stroll along the best preserved, longest city walls in England, and simply absorb wonderful views of the medieval city.
York is one of a handful of UK universities with a college system. When you join you’ll become a member of a small, distinct community, which will become your home from home whether you live on or off campus. York has over 180 student societies, all organised by and for students. From astronomy to aerobics and politics to poetry – there is plenty to choose from. York Sport Union has over 60 clubs – so whether you want to participate, play, prepare or perform, there’s something for everyone.