The main campus of the University of York sits a short walk away from the city centre.
The University of York is based on a collegiate system with seven undergraduate and one postgraduate colleges at the moment. More will be built during the controversial expansion to Heslington East. One of the bonuses of the collegiate system for the students must be the number of bars available!
The University of York is widely regarded as one of the top universities in the country for many of the subjects offered.
The main campus itself is based around an artificial lake which is full of some of the most disgusting water anywhere! You used to be able to go canoeing and all sorts in it, but swimming is no longer recommended!
The grounds are known for two main things:
1. Ducks, geese, swans and other waterfowl
2. 60s concrete blocks that pass for architecture
Many of the original 60s buildings are now either being renovated or knocked down and replaced.
York Uni is a combination of several colleges on one campus.
It is set in beautiful grounds with lakes and has a pub and a bar, bookshop and library.
I have stayed here as an academic but it really is the cheapest place to stay if you want a holiday or have business in York. Out of term time they do very cheap B & B and also self catering apartments for 6 or more. It is all under £100 each for the week. I think a twin room is around the £80 mark and that includes breakfast.
It is an easy stroll into York.
I remember one student saying he had gone for a walk to the kebab shop and seen some pseudo walls like a film set. NO The Barbican and medieval walls!
Off the campus in the other direction is the village of Hesslington which has a couple of decent pubs that do food but of course there is all that York can offer in the way of food and entertainment the other way. Heslington makes a nice, quite change one evening though.
The reason for the 4 stars. Well student accomodation is very basic but it is the b*y ducks! You cannot easily sit on the grass and you trail in duck pup. They started with 2 (think they are Canadian geese) and now they have hundreds!
Anyway all of you wanting to visit York here is the cheap B & B! Giving away my secrets now it will be full when I want to go :)
The University of York campus is sandwiched between the city walls and the pretty village of Heslington.
Its sixties concrete building were considered quite innovative at the time, I believe, but they take a bit of getting used to. Luckily, there's a very pleasant campus to help on that front, though the geese are far less welcoming.
York is the only university in the country without a central student venue so don't expect a packed SU bar; the majority of the college bars are pretty dead, when they're open. The closest thing to a student bar you'll find is the King Charles XII pub in Heslington village; their cheap booze ensures they're rammed to the rafters with students in term-time.
Otherwise it's but a twenty-minute walk to the centre of town and its plethora of bars, pubs and restaurants.
I visited the university a year ago to look at a MA with their English department. The campus was lovely and I was able to meet with Professor Jane Elliot who was incredibly helpful and kind. While I did eventually choose another program, I was really impressed both by York's reputation for research as well as by how kind and supportive everyone I spoke with was.
Amazing campus, though the foul can be irritating during the spring and summer.
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