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Old and new architecture blend to make York one of Europe's most beautiful cities

Old and new architecture blend to make York one of Europe's most beautiful cities

View of the bars and the Guildhall along the river from Ouse Bridge in York. Credit:

Known for its heritage, York also offers many modern attractions

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York is a great base for exploring the rest of Yorkshire

Living in York

Relocating to York

Relocation handbook

The relocation handbook [pdf] is full of information about moving to York from within the UK.

Welcome service

Our welcome service helps to make the relocation process as easy as possible. It is available to all new starters who have to relocate in order to take up their post at the University.

Contact for more information.

Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York's bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its medieval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles - just a few of the many attractions.

But York isn't just a great place to visit - it's also a great place to live and work. While nourishing a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, York still maintains the friendly sense of community unique to a small city.

Shopping, culture and entertainment 

York boasts specialist and unique boutiques but also all the high street stores on its busy shopping streets. Alongside them you will find cinemas, theatres, an opera house, art galleries, a vast range of restaurants, live music venues and clubs. York is particularly renowned for its multitude of pubs and bars, from the modern to the medieval.

Map of the UK showing York

Housing and schools

Whether you choose to live close to the city, in one of the surrounding villages or further afield, you will find a wide range of housing within comfortable distance of York and the University. For families, the area has a range of excellent schools both in the state and independent sector.

Great location

York is one of Britain’s best-connected cities. Halfway between London and Edinburgh on the East Coast mainline, on intercity trains you can reach London King's Cross in less than two hours and Edinburgh in two and a half hours. By Eurostar from London St Pancras, Paris is just over six hours away.

York is also well served by road links, and it is easily accessible from the A1, M1 and the M62.

For those travelling from overseas, Manchester Airport is two hours away and Heathrow Airport just three and a half. Flights from nearby Leeds Bradford Airport provide easy access to mainland Europe.


York in the news

The city of York features in these articles by the Telegraph and the Guardian.