The Quantum Student Guide to Living in York

If you’re coming to study in York, you’ll have plenty to think about. The basics- like food and transport- are sure to be near the top of your list.

As an experienced student lettings agent of York, we’ve written this guide for students across all York universities to help them get settled in this amazing city.

Our area guide covers transport links, handy shops for eating in, popular places for eating out and key tourist attractions, you shouldn’t miss.


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One of your key concerns is likely to be getting to your lectures and seminars. Fortunately, York offers an excellent public transport service.

Students attending the University of York can reach either campus via several bus services:

-If you’re in Heslington, you can use the ub1, hb1, cb1, 66a or 56 to reach Campus West or East. The number 6 bus service can be used to reach Campus East, but does not pass through Campus West.

-If you’re in Fulford, the cb1 bus service is your best option. This services passes through Broadway, Fulford Road and Fishergate.

-If you’re in Heworth, you should catch the hb1 service from East Parade or Tang Hall Lane.

-If you’re in Osbaldwick, you can use the number 6 service. The hb1 service also runs towards the university along Hull Road.

You can also download this handy map, which shows how to reach the university by bus.

When you want to go into town, you can use the “Your Bus 66” to travel between campus and the city centre. This service runs every 5-10 minutes during the day, and every hour during the night. However, do note that this service is reduced during the summer holidays.

Once you’re on campus, bus travel between Campus East and Campus West is free of charge. You can also use a Yorkey Card for discounted travel.

Students can reach York St John University via the Number 1 bus service. Get off at the bus stop on Clarence Street. From there, head towards York City Church before turning on to Lord Mayor’s Walk; the university will be on your left. Use this map of the route to plan your journey.

For detailed information on any bus journey in the area, visit the First York website.

Transport Further Afield

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For anyone looking to pop home, either for the holidays or just due to a little homesickness, York has direct rail links with many major cities including Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Leeds. Plan your rail journey through the National Rail website and don’t forget about the great discounts you can get via a student railcard and your NUS card.

Eating In

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Many people stereotype a student’s diet as being Pot Noodles and beans on toast, but this isn’t the case. The majority of students like to eat healthily and it’s now easier than ever to also do this cheaply.

Low-cost supermarkets Aldi and Lidl are both about twenty minutes from the city centre and can be reached by public transport. Both supermarkets have frequent special offers, helping you get the most for your pound.

If you’re looking to shop a bit closer to home, you can find several Sainsbury’s Locals and three Tesco Express branches around the city centre, as well as a few further afield. These are great when you’re in a hurry, but remember that convenience often means a higher price. These shops will charge more for equivalent goods elsewhere.

To ensure you’re getting the very best deals on your food, try using a price comparison website like MySupermarket.

Eating Out

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York students are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a neat place to eat out.

Anyone looking to tantalise their taste buds should visit the Shambles Food Court. Part of the Shambles Market, it offers delicious great value food from around the world. A particular highlight is the North African and Levantine food from Los Moros, ranked the #1 restaurant in York on TripAdvisor. Other options include Italian street food, French crepes, Turkish coffee and much more!

Outside of Shambles, there are a number of deals for the cash-strapped student. Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant are offering a 50% discount on Monday meals for a limited time, while the Biltmore Bar and Grill offers 50% off the entire menu on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Some restaurants like Strada, Zizzi and Pizza Express even have dedicated offers websites.

For special occasions, restaurants such as 1331 and Rustique offer set menus, which include starters, mains and desserts.

Tourist Attractions

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All work and no play… we’re sure you know the rest. There are many attractions in York that any student should make sure to visit. You’ll be surprised how fast 3 to 5 years can go by, so make sure to set some time aside to visit key attractions.

If you’re looking for education beyond the library or lecture hall, York is home to several top museums. The York Museums Trust has a number of museums under its umbrella, covering topics as diverse as geology, social history and contemporary art. There’s also Viking museum Jorvik– fully reimagined after the 2015 floods- and the National Railway Museum, which explores the historical and cultural impact of our railways.

If you’re looking to unwind and enjoy the great outdoors, York Museum Gardens offers more than ten acres of natural beauty. The adventurous can go a bit further afield to the beautiful Rowntree Park, which offers a woodland walk, cafe, tennis courts and other sports facilities. University of York students can also take advantage of the nearby Walmgate Stray, an open space favoured by the student body.

When you really want to get off the beaten track, why not take a trip down the river? You can take a guided river trip during the evening, or pilot your own miniature boat down the River Ouse.

As you can probably tell from this area guide, at Quantum we’re passionate about York.  We’re also passionate about properties and know the best places for students to live. Get in touch with us , if you’re on the lookout for a quality student lettings agent in York. Our friendly team can help you find the perfect property for you.


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