Welcome to York

Why not study in one of the UK’s most popular cities?

York is one of the UK’s most beautiful, historic and popular cities. Regularly voted one of the best places in the UK to visit, the city has so much to offer you.

It’s a great place to experience British culture and history with world-class museums, national parks just outside the city with great countryside walks, and an amazing coast just over one hour away.

We look forward to sharing our most special places with you.


Illustration by Joe Boyd
Whether you prefer to stroll or cycle around the city, visit some of its historic sights, discover ghosts on one of the many organised ghost tours in the city centre, walk the Chocolate trail, buy gifts at some of the famous shops which line the medieval streets of York or engage in sportier activity such as golf, tennis, cycling, swimming or horse-riding, we guarantee that you will find there’s lots to do in York for the duration of your stay.

Fast Facts about York

Located in the heart of the UK, it is half-way between London and Edinburgh, and surrounded by beautiful countryside with the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors very close by.

Travel to York is easy whether you arrive by taxi (45-minute drive) from Leeds Bradford Airport or catch a direct train from Manchester International Airport (2 hours) or from either London Heathrow or Gatwick airports (3 hours).
The historic city of York is an almost entirely traffic-free zone. This makes it very safe and easy to walk around to explore its medieval streets and enjoy its many sights. You can also cycle as York is one of the main cycling cities of the UK with very affordable bike rental and over 100 miles of designated cycle routes in and around the city.

York is a very safe city. In fact, it regularly gets voted as one of the safest cities in the UK.

York is home to over 2,000 shops, the world-famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, a number of very popular museums including the JORVIK Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum, and of course, The Chocolate Story, a museum dedicated to the history of chocolate in York. We’ve put together a social programme that allows you to experience all of this, and more!

We can recommend a few accommodation options. Find out about them on our accommodation page.
York is well connected to many major cities in the UK. For example, you can easily reach central London (King’s Cross Station) by train in just 2 hours, while Edinburgh is 2.5 hours away.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Bottoms up!

York has been named by TripAdvisor as Europe’s 5th best city and one of the UK’s top food and wine destinations.

The home of chocolate

Large Nestlé (Kit Kat, Smarties and Aero) and Terry (Chocolate Orange, All Gold) factories are part of York's rich chocolate history.

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