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Student Accommodation

  • All first year students are guaranteed a place in university-owned or university-managed accommodation. You can also apply for limited places in halls during any year of your studies.
  • A variety of styles of accommodation, on a number of sites across the city, all within 20 minutes’ walk of the university.
  • There are six university-run accommodation sites across the city in addition to university-managed housing; one of the university’s accommodation options is semi-catered and the rest are self-catered.
  • Houses are divided up into flats, with facilities including a communal area with a TV, a fully equipped kitchen, internet access and on-site laundry, all accommodation sites are within a 20 minute walk of the university.

Accommodation Costs

YSJ Main Campus

Number of university/college beds 1,651
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £4,600–£5,500
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,600–£4,200

Living Here

  • City Population: 198,000
  • Student Population: 15,000
  • York is a city rich in history and culture, with its attractions reflecting this.
  • Each year a Viking Festival sees the streets come to life, and museums include York Castle Museum and the National Railway Museum.
  • York is also home to the Grand Opera House, York Theatre Royal and York Barbican, who host of the UK Snooker Championship. These venues run theatre, music events and comedy shows all year round.
  • Film buffs will enjoy a trip to one of the city’s many cinemas, including City Screen which showcases art house films.
  • High street stores are abundant in the city centre, in addition to a huge range of one-off stores and specialist shops can be found in York’s historic centre. York also boasts restaurants, pubs, wine bars and clubs to suit every taste.

Getting Around

  • Road links in and out of York are good but the city centre itself is best navigated on foot or by bike.
  • Buses operate throughout the city.
  • York is on the main East Coast railway line so links are good. Trains to London take 2 hours.
  • York is regularly voted as one of Europe’s top international tourist destination – boasting beautiful countryside, historic buildings and a thriving arts scene.
  • It’s also a great place to study, and York St John University is right at the heart of the city. With around 20,000 students and thousands of tourists visiting the city all year round, the city is as popular with students as it is with tourists.

Culture and Nightlife

  • York offers a vibrant and colourful nightlife and relaxed continental style atmosphere throughout the city centre. Enjoy everything from riverside terraces, quirky independents to unique cocktail bars. If you're looking for a hearty Sunday roast with all the trimmings, fine bistro cuisine or something in-between, you’ll find what you’re after in one of York’s gastropubs.
  • Culture Vultures are well catered for as York has it all. Drama, live music, comedy and the arts can be found at York Theatre Royal, the Grand Opera House, National Centre for Early Music and the York Shakespeare Project.
  • There are festivals all year round celebrating food, comedy, literature, chocolate, film and of course Vikings and Romans.
  • Residents of York are entitled to a YORKCard which is also a library card and allows discounted entry to some museums and leisure centres. Residents can also enjoy York Minster for free.
  • York Racecourse and York City Football Club provide spectator sports and the city has the usual leisure centres and swimming pools.
  • Cycling around the city and rowing on the River Ouse is popular and there is opportunity to enjoy the many cycle routes and join the York St John University Rowing Club.