Top Reasons to Attend University in York
- Population 198,000
- Student population 15,000
York is a prosperous and fashionable hotspot in the north of England. It is a 2,000-year-old compact, walled riverside city and home to countless world-class attractions, museums and galleries. A hugely popular tourist destination, historic York is known, amongst others, for its Minster, City Walls, Jorvik Viking Centre, National Railway Museum and Clifford's Tower.
- Road links to York are good but the city centre is best navigated on foot or bike. Visitors by car are encouraged to use the Park and Ride scheme.
- Buses operate throughout the city in six fare zones.
- National Express provides a comprehensive coach service to most UK cities and London is approximately 2 hours away by train.
- The nearest airports are Manchester or Leeds/Bradford with a coach link to the latter.
Attractions for students
- York Racecourse and York City Football Club provide spectator sports.
- The city has the usual leisure centres and swimming pools.
- The North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Park offer outdoor pursuits.
- Rowing on the River Ouse is popular.
Culture and nightlife
- York has many chic bars, cafes and restaurants as well as innumerable pubs.
- There is no shortage of cultural opportunities and almost all tastes are catered for. Drama, live music, comedy and the arts can be found at York Theatre Royal, the Grand Opera House, National Centre for Early Music, York Shakespeare Project.
- There are festivals all year round celebrating food, fair trade, York Races, Early Music.
- The arthouse cinema is City Screen.
- Residents of York are entitled to a YORKCard which is also a library card and gives free or discounted entry to some leisure facilities including museums and swimming pools.
- Retail parks and a designer outlet centre can be found on the outskirts of the city.
- The city centre has all the main high street stores as well as independent and up-market specialist shops in the largely pedestrianised historic streets. There is a daily open air market.
Proximity to the city centre
- York University: main campus is approximately 3.5 miles or 10–15 minutes by car or bike from the city centre.
- York St John University: in the city centre.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.