Student city guide to York

The landscape of York contrasts vast areas of open space and natural beauty with historical buildings that people travel from all over the world to see. The University of York, with its huge 500-acre campus to the south east of the city, regularly places within the top 20 nationally.

The walled city is home to well-known monuments including York Minster, the Cathedral, York Castle and the famous city walls. Founded by the Romans way back in 71 AD, the gothic and medieval architecture gives the city an unrivalled majestic feel. Both the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Park are a short journey away, offering some of the country’s most breathtaking natural beauty.

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For those wanting to delve into the city’s vast history, there’s an annual medieval costume-themed pub crawl, the Jorvik Viking Centre and the York Dungeon. To find out more about the city’s role in the UK’s industrial history, the National Railway Museum is surprisingly popular.

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It’s part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, and there’s a booming programme of modern entertainment going on in the city too. Its Grand Opera House has been restored and hosts a diverse programme spanning stand-up comedy, musicals and live music.

Our building, The Brickworks, is located between the city centre and the university, with buses departing from nearby stops every 5 minutes during the day. The building features a games area with pool table and foosball, plus a garden for relaxing on sunny days.


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