Living in York

Students on Heslington West Campus

The University of York is situated on two main campuses, both of which are within easy reach of York city centre.

The campuses are linked by traffic-free footpaths and cycle paths, and by a frequent and free bus service that stops at several locations throughout the university grounds. 

Our college system is a major part of the student experience, helping you to make friends and feel part of the University community. Each of the nine colleges across both campuses has its own distinctive identity, atmosphere and facilities.

‌‌In September 2014, the University's brand new college opened to students. Like Goodricke and Langwith Colleges, Constantine College is based close to the Department of Computer Science and offers over 600 high quality bedrooms.

Girls outside house in Langwith College

If you are successful in applying to study at the University of York, the University can give you plenty of advice when you start looking for somewhere to live. 

There is a variety of accommodation available for postgraduate students on campus, and all rooms have access to self catering facilities. There is also an excellent supply of private sector accommodation, with many rooms, apartments and houses within easy walking distance of the campus.

The Glasshouse at Langwith College

Your experience of the University of York will not just be about studying. There is a wide range of leisure activities that you can become involved in, making your time at York as memorable as possible! 

There are over 150 student societies – including music and drama societies, religious groups, arts and culture activities and many, many more - all of which are organised by and for students. If sport is more your thing, take a look at the facilities at the brand new Sports Village, which is just a short stroll from the Department of Computer Science.

Together with a wide range of cafes, restaurants and bars on both campuses, you’ll be spoilt for choice when comes to choosing what to do!


We asked students James Stovold and Gustavo Vargas Tena what it was like to live in York. Find out what they said: