Landlord Location Guide: Heslington

If you’re a landlord (or thinking of becoming one) finding the right property is essential. To make your job a little easier, we’ve put together a set of location guides to help you learn about York and its surroundings.

We’re a letting agents in the York area that prides ourselves on our local knowledge. In this guide we’ll be focussing on Heslington, a suburban village to the southeast of York city centre.

Heslington Background

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Heslington’s earliest history is unclear; it may have begun as a settlement of the Angles. It remained a rural settlement for hundreds of years, with the population numbers slowly trending upward over that time. There were just 416 residents in the village in the early 1800s, though this rose to more than 2,000 by the 1970s.

Heslington gained an inn—the Black Bull—around 1840, and the roads in the area were also improved during the 1800s. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Heslington was connected to York. Most of the land between the two is now covered by the University of York, which was founded in 1963. In 1969 Main Street and Heslington Lane were made a Conservation Area, which was extended to cover more space in 2004.

Heslington is also where the Heslington Hoard was discovered. This was a collection of 2,871 Roman coins, unearthed when the university was under construction. Today the coins reside at the nearby Yorkshire Museum.

These days Heslington’s main attraction is the University of York. As such, many eateries and sports facilities can be found on university grounds. Many students live on or near the campus during their studies. Expect a high student population for most of the year.

However, Heslington accommodates non-students as well. Several graduates stay in this area while they pursue their lives as young professionals. Therefore there are several supermarkets, GP’s offices and other local amenities, while several university facilities can also be used by non-students. Heslington also has excellent transport links across the campuses and to the city centre.

Average Property Prices

As Heslington is York’s core student location, we’ve highlighted some average costs per week charged by private landlords. We’ve also highlighted some of the houses for sale. As it is a very sought after student area, prices do fluctuate throughout the year.

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· 1-2 bed studio flats and houses to rent in this area: £136 pw

Expect rent to be between £58 and £183 pw

To compare students living in official student accommodations are used to paying an average of £146 pw.

Depending on the student accommodation chosen on campus rent can vary between £109 pw and £178 pw.

· 1-2 bed apartment to buy in this area: £166,250

Expect property prices to be between £110,000 and £122,500

As students will often band together when living off campus, we’ve taken a look at houses with multiple bedrooms.

· 3-4 bed houses for rent £176 pw / £763 pcm.

(3-4 bed house) Expect rent to vary between £67 pw and £242 pw.

· 3-4 bed houses for sale: £297,000

(3-4 bed house) Expect property prices to be between £230,000 and £380,000

Schools / The University 

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Since the university covers much of the Heslington area, there are fewer schools here compared to other regions of York.

York Campus Nursery is open to students and staff, as well as members of the public. Rated Good at its last Ofsted inspection, children at the nursery can learn through play, investigation and exploration. There are several outdoor learning areas to enjoy, including a forest area. However, there is also a long waiting list for any children under 2 years old.

Lord Deramore’s Primary School aims to give all its pupils the chance to fulfill their potential, both social and intellectual. They offer a challenging and rewarding learning environment, and follow the Department for Education’s National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2. They also provide breakfast and after school clubs for their pupils.

Archbishop Holgate’s School is a Church of England Academy founded in 1546. It aims to give every student the chance to develop through academic study, and grow both personally and spiritually. The school offers many different technology subjects at Key Stage 4 including BTECs in Engineering and Business. They also offer several creative subjects such as Music, Drama and Media.

The University of York was established in 1963. The original campus Heslington West also known as Campus West is home to the York Science Park and National Learning Centre. In 2009 a second campus Heslington East (Campus East) opened and became home to three colleges, a variety of conference spaces, the sports village and a business start-up centre known as the ‘incubator’. The complete size of both campuses is about 500 acres, and the univeristy leases King’s Manor in York city centre too. It is a collegiate university (which few universities in Yorkshire are) with currently 9 colleges that each student is allocated to. The university is a key part of the city of York and is the heart of Heslington.

Local Amenities

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There are several supermarkets within easy reach of Heslington.

You can visit Morrisons on Foss Islands Road, Asda on Layerthorpe or Sainsbury’s on Foss Bank.

If you just need to pop in for bread and milk, you can find a Co-op Food and a Freshways on Hull Road.

There are also various Nisa branches; one is on Kimberlow Rise, while another can be found on Garrowby Way in the university’s Halifax College.

Other options include the Costcutter on Yarburgh Way. There are plenty of handy supermarkets in the area, as is to be expected from a student-heavy area.

Places to Eat

Heslington Main Street offers a several great eateries.

There are two pubs to choose from; the Charles XIIoffers a traditional cosy atmosphere, Sunday roasts, live sports and music and a beer garden. It’s also friendly to both children and dogs.

The Deramore Armshas cask ales and live music, as well as traditional pub favourites on its food menu.

If you’d prefer a lighter bite, Browns of Heslington sells fresh-made sandwiches and cakes.

sandwich with smoothie
Light bites in Heslington

Hull Road also offers several places to eat. Keep things traditional with the Bluefin fish and chip shop, or go further afield with the Bamboo Thai Takeaway & Noodle Bar.Alternatively you can try the Fortune House Chinese takeaway, or grab a pizza at the Pizza Huta few doors down.

There are many food options on York’s university campuses. If you’re on Campus West The Roger Kirk Centre has both the Galleria Restaurantand the Roger Kirk Centre Cafe, which offer full English breakfasts, street food, Costa coffee and a range of sandwiches.

The Edge offers Starbucks coffee, homemade cakes, Sunday roasts and several other options. You can also hire the venue for celebrations and other events

If you’re on Campus East you can visit The Glasshouse in Langwith College. Offering a mix of English and Chinese food, a licensed social space and a quiz night on Mondays, it’s one of the best student venuesthe area has to offer.

You can also find Cecil’s Pizza and a Greggs near Kimberlow Rise.


There are a few different GPs in the Heslington area; you can go to Parkview Surgery on Millfield Avenue, Elvington Medical Practice on Main Street or Kimberlow Hill Surgery on Kimberlow Rise, which is closest to the university.

If you need a pharmacist you can visit Lloyds Pharmacy on Fulford Road, Whitworth Chemists on Melrosegate, or Badger Hill Pharmacy on Yarburgh Way. You can also find a vet run by Tower Veterinary Group over on Fulford Road.


Many of Heslington’s best sports facilities are on the university grounds.

York Sport Centre offers an air-conditioned fitness suite with a wide selection of equipment, as well as an athletic stadium, racquet courts and 39 acres of grass pitches. The York Sport Village of Campus East offers a 25m swimming pool, learner pool, floodlit pitches and a 250m Velodrome. You can also access personal training services and several different classes. Both venues are open to students and members of the public, though students can enjoy a discount on membership fees.

Outside of the university, you can visit Heslington Sportsfield for your sporting needs. Covering 4½ acres, it includes football and cricket pitches; these are used regularly by Heslington Cricket Club, Heslington Football Club and Fulford Football Club. The sports field also has a children’s play area, picnic tables and a pavilion that can be hired for events.

Green Spaces

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, you may want to visit the university’s Astrocampus.

This is a stargazing facility with several telescopes for you to use, though access is available to the public on a limited basis.

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The sky’s the limit

Walmgate Stray is adjacent to the Astrocampus. This stray is a popular green space to explore if you’re looking to get into the countryside a bit. It has multiple informal paths and is also referred to as the Low Moor Stray. Find out more about York’s unique landscape and strays in our “Great outdoors of York” article.

The campus lake at Campus East boasts a diverse array of wildlife including ducks, geese and swans, and there is the highly popular Campus Tree Trail. Perfect for botany students or anyone who fancies a stroll along the lake.

There’s also Hull Road Park that’s nearby and easy to get to. It’s located alongside Osbaldwick Beck in Tang Hall. It’s excellent for picnics or ball games, and offers two tennis courts and a basketball court for its visitors as well. You can also enjoy a woodland walk with mature trees and spring bulbs. Bike racks are available throughout the park for cycling fans.

For gardening fans, there’s the Low Moor Allotments that’s home to 170 plots with over 250 local tenants tending them. Plots are typically used to grow vegetables, bushes and fruiting trees, though some are also used for flowers and wildlife. You can also find an allotment shop onsite, which sells seeds, compost and other gardening essentials.

Transport Links

Heslington has great public transport options, whether you’re travelling to the university or the surrounding areas.

Travel between the east and west campuses is free on the 66 bus service. This bus leaves from York railway station and travels from Heslington Hall to Campus East via Field Lane. However, do note that it doesn’t stop at York Sport Village.

There are a few other options if you’re travelling to or from the university. The 66x runs directly to the university from the railway station three times each weekday morning, while the 66a does indeed stop at York Sport Village. There’s also a night bus service, the N66, which runs from the city to the campus. You can find a complete set of timetables for these services here.

The other main bus services in this area are the 45 and 46 services. The 45 departs from York’s war memorial and passes through Piccadilly, Dunnington, Wilberfoss and Bainton, before terminating at Bridlington bus station. The 46 follows a similar route, but terminates much sooner in the village of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, which the 45 skips. You can get a full breakdown of times and stops on this page.

York railway station offers direct rail links to several major cities, including Leeds, Manchester, London & Edinburgh.

Major Developments

The University of York. Photo courtesy of Joel Barwick via Wikimedia Commons

There are currently no major development projects planned in Heslington itself, but the community of the parish is drafting a 15 year neighbourhood development plan that would have Heslington specific development plans that go beyond the City of York’s overall plans.

Meanwhile, the university is in the midst of several major changes. The Central Hall has had its auditorium and audiovisual systems upgraded, and the reception area has also been overhauled. Halifax College is seeing new electrical works and kitchen facilities, while Younger and Ingram Courts will receive new kitchens and bathrooms.

The university has also devised a ‘Campus Masterplan’, which lays out how the university will evolve over the next several years. Examples include the construction of a high quality research space, better teaching areas and an overall reduction in their carbon footprint.

Whether your tenants are coming to Heslington as a student looking for students flats to let, are a recent graduate turned young professional wanting to stay in the York are they love or a young family looking for their first family home, Heslington has plenty to offer its residents. And we at Quantum have plenty to offer new landlords looking for a York lettings agent.

As a letting agents in the York area we have in-depth knowledge of both the city and the York unique lettings industry.

We treat all our landlords as our partners, and offer a comprehensive managed letting service to take the stress out of being a landlord. We’re one of the biggest independent estate agents of York who offer student specific lettings. We’ll collect rent, inspect property and resolve any post-tenancy issues that might crop up.

Take a look at our properties for sale, browse our other letting guides, or give us a call today on 01904 631631.

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