The University of York is a Russell Group uni that was recently ranked within the top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide’s annual league tables. Amazingly, plans for the construction of the university first appeared in the early 17th century, despite the fact it was never opened until 1963. Although it’s a fairly new establishment, it has achieved a lot in its short history.
Situated in the north of England, near Leeds, York is a historic English city and one of the most visited destinations in the UK. Impressive architecture runs throughout, including York Minster, a 7th-century cathedral, and the city walls. It’s also famous for its museums, such as the impressive Jorvik Viking Centre.
Although it’s not a big city, there is certainly a nightlife scene. The Shambles is a cobbled area in the city centre with plenty of pubs, restaurants and bars to choose from. However, if you want to get out of the city for a bit, you’re also close to beautiful countryside, such as the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and the Yorkshire Moors national park.
It’s a well-connected city, with frequent and quick direct trains to both London and Edinburgh, among other places.
The uni itself is strongly ingrained in the city with the campus located within walking distance of its centre. The campus houses ten colleges and most of the uni’s departments. All students are part of the college system at York.