Why York?

York is regularly voted one of the best places to live in the UK.

It is a friendly city, which combines heritage with contemporary and offers something for everyone.
Home to two universities and two colleges, it is a fantastic place to be a student.
Read on to find out a bit of what York can offer, or watch this 'Original City Adventure' video to see more of the city and the surrounding area.
You can also find out more about what's on offer on the Visit York website.

Student life

Students outside Minster
There are 22,500 students in York studying across the city's  nationally and internationally-renowned universities and colleges: Askham Bryan College, the University of York, York College and York St John University. Students and visitors come to York from across the world, which contributes to the vibrancy and diversity of the city. 

York is a relatively small city, making it easy to settle in, but there is a huge amount going on. There is a diverse range of shops, galleries, clubs, cafés, museums, music groups and sports clubs, so the city really does offer something for everyone.

Culture and heritage

Stonegate at nightYork is full of historical charm, from the Gothic Minster and city walls, to the picturesque medieval streets. 

The city is also home to a wealth of museums and galleries, including the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum.

The city centre hosts a range of vibrant festivals throughout the year, such as the Food and Drink Festival, St Nicholas Fayre and continental Christmas markets.

Find out more on the Visit York website.

Nightlife and entertainment

Kings ArmsThere are a diverse range of venues available in the city centre, as well as those available on the university and college campuses.

There is a fantastic range of real ale pubs and bars, so whether you prefer somewhere quieter or more lively, you will find somewhere to suit your tastes. 

There are four clubs, which host regular student nights, and live music and comedy venues, including the Hyena Lounge Comedy club and York Barbican.

There are also two large theatres and three cinemas. 


ShoppingYork's shopping scene offers major retail chains and high street stores as well as an eclectic mix of boutiques and specialist shops.

As well as the shops and markets in the city centre, there are three out of town shopping complexes at Monks Cross, Clifton Moor and the Designer Outlet.  

Many shops also offer student discount to everyone with a valid NUS card.

Go to Visit York's Shopping in York page to find out more.

Further afield

_DSC4523York is the gateway to Yorkshire, where you'll find stunning landscapes and coastlines, stretching into three national parks: the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District, making it deal for many outdoor activities such as walking, climbing or cycling.

York is very well connected by both road and rail, with direct trains available to Leeds, Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

Visit the Welcome to Yorkshire site to find out more about what's available in the region.